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Rime is now free on the Epic Games Store

The 2017 puzzle game Rime is free on the Epic Games Store through May 30. It and the procedural action-adventure City of Brass are both available as Epic accelerates its schedule of free giveaways from twice a month to every single week.

Rime, by Tequila Works, launched almost exactly two years ago, on May 26, 2017. Players take on the role of a boy uncovering the abandoned buildings of a lost, fantastical island. It’s an exploration-based game, which we praised for its visual appeal but found somewhat lacking in overall impact. The story’s conclusion pays off well, however.

When it launched, Tequila Works fitted it with the Denuvo anti-tampering DRM, but immediately promised to remove it should players crack the DRM. The players did, and the studio followed suit.

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City of Brass was released May 4 (after a Steam Early Access launch in September 2017) and, like Rime, also launched on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will be free on the Epic Games Store from May 30 to June 6. City of Brass is a first-person dungeon crawler through a procedurally generated, Arabian Nights-themed city.

In January, Epic Games Store began offering free games to all who sign up for an account with the store, as it tries to draw an audience since launching at the end of 2018. The new marketplace is the subject of some controversy, with a vocal set of users resentful of Epic’s encroachment on turf dominated by Steam for more than a decade.

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