The twist is that the second game is getting a bit of a facelift, but until then, you can get the original version for free.
Let’s start at the beginning. The current freebie is a sci-fi RPG that even we liked back in 2014. It’s SuperGiant Games-developed Transistor, which can be acquired on the Epic Games Store for free for roughly two weeks at the moment. It’s a decent isometric game that requires some strategy, available for free until May 2.
From May 2, the next Epic Games Store-freebie is going to be World of Goo, which came out in 2008. World of Goo’s designer, artist, and composer, Kyle Gabler, explains why they are updating the game: „The last time we built the PC version of World of Goo was ten years ago, way back in 2009. The game ran at a 4:3 aspect ratio and at a resolution of 800×600. Most computers now can’t even enter that old 800×600 mode without the screen flashing or glitching. The game would also crash your computer if you had more than one monitor hooked up. So over the last few months, we’ve rebuilt the game for Win / Mac / Linux and it should now work nicely again on everyone’s modern computers. It’ll run by default at a modern widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and at whatever size you want. We also made a lot of improvements over the years for other platforms, like Nintendo Switch, so we brought over those improvements as well.
[Regarding leaderboards,] our poor server constantly got stressed out and shut itself down [and got taken offline a few years ago]. In all recent versions of the game, including the version launching on the Epic store, we’ve redesigned bits of the game to accommodate this change. [GooFans.com has] a much nicer leaderboard system than we ever had.” (Which means the game will not have leaderboards.)
In the new version of World of Goo, we will be able to use the old graphics as well. The updated edition will launch everywhere over time, but it will first show up on the Epic Games Store. Until now, you can enjoy the original…