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Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden are currently free on the Epic Games Store.

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Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden are currently free on the Epic Games Store.

Since December of last year, Epic has offered free games as an incentive to use their fledgeling storefront. Beginning with Subnautica, users who have taken advantage of the deals have claimed indie darlings like Super Meat Boy, Transistor, The Witness and more. In recent weeks, AAA titles like Alan Wake and For Honor have been offered as freebies.

Epic Games initially announced that they would offer one free game every two weeks. But, the publisher now offers as many as two free games every week.

Hyper Light Drifter released in 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. Heart Machine’s action game combines Zelda-style open-ended 2D exploration with tough-as-nails boss fights. A wintry neon aesthetic and synth-driven score make it an entrancing (if sometimes deeply frustrating) experience.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a turn-based tactics game starring talking animals, that released at the tail-end of 2018. Our review praised The Bearded Ladies’ debut title for its originality, solid implementation of stealth mechanics and the tense vulnerability of its battles.

Now that Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero are available, Epic has announced next week’s free game. So, users can expect to grab Fez, Polytron Corporation’s 2D/3D platformer starting on August 22.


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Andrew King is a news and sports reporter by day and a freelance games writer by night. He likes immersive sims, 3D platformers and open-world games. Find his writing at GameCritics and The Hillsdale Daily News.