Epic is giving away two really cool titles this time: In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you slip into the role of a detective who has to find out in the sleepy Red Creek Valley why the eponymous Ethan disappeared after a mysterious murder.
Rogue Legacy, on the other hand, is an entertaining roguelike (or lite) that could also be described as a hero shredder. If your current hero dies while exploring the cursed castle, a random descendant will take over the helm. He could then have a fear of heights or one of many other quirks.
How long are the games free? From April 7th to April 14th at 5 p.m. you can have The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Rogue Legacy on your account forever. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one for free.
What’s in it? You get the full game in each case, since there are no paid DLCs for these two titles anyway. With Ethan Carter, the Redux version remastered in Unreal Engine 4 will automatically appear as an additional entry in your game collection.
Is that something for you? In the rest of the article we classify, as usual, for whom this week’s free game is suitable.
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This is what awaits you in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – Test-Video zum Grafikpracht-Adventure
The Van ishing of Ethan Carter is primarily an exploration game that uses its setting to explore a mysterious murder and experience a tragic family history. It was inspired by the mystery thrillers of the last century and also mixes the occult into its multi-layered story.
In terms of play, there are certainly more interactive walking simulators, but with its unique narrative style and the supernatural abilities of the protagonist Paul Prospero, which allow him to talk to the dead, among other things, this one is still a recommendable experience.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – Screenshots ansehen
Colleague Dimitry Halley goes further in depth in his test, which is well worth reading, by also referring to the photogrammetry technique, which was still unknown in games at the time:
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter im Test
The optical revelation
This is how Rogue Legacy plays
Rogue Legacy – Family tree roguelike test video
In the roguelike with the cute pixel look, you slip into the skin of an intrepid knight who is tasked with freeing a cursed castle from monsters. The highlight: When you die, one of your descendants inherits this obligation and all the gold that his predecessor has accumulated.
With this you expand the home family home and give the following generations a better chance of surviving the trap-filled corridors, deadly opponents and extremely dangerous four bosses.
Rogue Legacy – Screenshots ansehen
First of all, the lifespan of your warriors should be in the low-digit range of minutes. The respective children then have their very own character traits, which always bring a breath of fresh air to the approximately 20-hour long death spiral.
In addition, you choose one of nine classes with which you compete against the 60 different types of opponents. The lock itself is procedurally generated and also changes with each new attempt. In terms of gameplay, Rogue Legacy is reminiscent of the old ones Castlevanias
Maurice took a close look at the game for you and has a lot more to tell about the topic in his usual charming way:
Rogue Legacy im Test
Heroic death for the whole family
Who are the free games suitable for?
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is aimed at those who are primarily looking for a (relaxing) experience. There are no crowds or bosses to fight, instead you must examine the beautiful landscapes closely and sometimes use your wits to advance. It is best for you to find out for yourself whether the story and the way it is told clicks with you!
Rogue Legacy is a completely different story, testing your dexterity and adaptability non-stop. Just because you have devised a winning tactic with a hero does not mean that the next warrior will also master it. If you’re the type of player who enjoys digging into game systems and is more excited about progressing with each death rather than getting upset about dying itself, then Rogue Legacy will provide you with hours of fun.
Is there anything interesting for you? Go here for free downloads:
Which of the two opposing games are you more attracted to? Feel free to share your assessment with us in the comments!