- The Epic Games Store continues to give out free games every week in 2024, with Sail Forth currently available until January 18.
- Fans should be aware of the updated claim time of 8 AM CT for Sail Forth, as previous games were swapped out at 10 AM CT.
- The next game being offered is the platformer LOVE, which is known for its challenging gameplay but also includes an easy mode for accessibility.
The Epic Games Store is once again giving out free games every week in 2024, just as the storefront has done for the last five years. This means that every Thursday the platform will give away one new title for free while announcing which title will replace it in seven days. Currently, players can go on a high sea adventure with Sail Forth for free until January 18.
Curiously, though, fans have until 8 AM CT on January 18 to claim Sail Forth while previous games were swapped out at 10 AM CT. While the missing two hours shouldn’t cause too much trouble, those used to the original schedule may miss out on the game if they delay just a bit too much to claim it, so fans should take note of the change. This also wasn’t the only issue fans had with claiming Sail Forth on the Epic Games Store, but thankfully it’s been fixed. Hopefully, there will be no problems with the next game being offered, which is the platformer LOVE.
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The Epic Games Store continued its weekly free game giveaway promotion in 2023, and this year featured a handful of great titles players could claim.
Epic Games Store Free Game LOVE Explained
In terms of the freebies found on the Epic Games Store, each week offers something entirely different, be it in terms of genre, length, or even difficulty. LOVE is starting the year off by being a strong contender for what’s likely to be one of the hardest games given away on the platform in 2024 already. Taking cues from some of the best indie platformers such as VVVVVV, LOVE is purposefully tricky to master throughout its sixteen levels.
- February 7, 2014
- Fred Wood
- Mokuzai Studio
- How Long To Beat
- 1 Hour
Aiming to focus on minimalism with single-color pixel art sprites and environments, players need to work through many obstacles designated by their white coloring. Those who are used to the genre will find themselves encountering familiar obstacles such as crushers, spikes, and pits. However, with how LOVE purposefully aims to be what’s affectionately dubbed a “frustrating platformer” for those that seek out these challenges, moving platforms, spikes, and even water falling from ceilings of caves make this title a surprisingly tough Epic Games Store freebie.
The version of LOVE being offered on Epic Games’ digital storefront, however, is actually an enhanced version known as LOVE Plus that takes the original 2008 release and revamps it with new features and more detailed pixel art. This comes with a few bonus modes such as “YOLO Mode” where one death marks the end of the run through the game entirely, and “Speedrun Mode” to challenge players to beat the game as fast as possible. There is also an Easy Mode included for those who find the original difficulty, now known as “Arcade Mode” too hard.
LOVE is a rather interesting case when it comes to purposefully tough or frustrating games because while it emphasizes difficulty, it also tries to remain accessible in any way that it can. According to the description on the title’s Epic Games Store page, players who take advantage of the promotion will also receive the source files of three remixed levels to allow players to learn and study level design so fans can apply what they learned in the custom level builder LOVE3.
Including an easy mode into such a difficult game serves to make the Epic Games Store free game more enticing for those who aren’t platforming experts as it means they can try the game on easy and gradually learn to get better at it, possibly finding a brand-new platformer to appreciate in the process. However, even the most accessible “frustrating platformer” isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, a new Epic Games Store free game will take LOVE‘s place on January 25, though it isn’t clear just yet if the 8 AM swap-out time is the new standard.