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This week’s free game: ‘SkyRoads’

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at dang@spokesman.com or kiph@spokesman.com.

Estonia seems an unlikely place for an early PC shareware hit. But Jaan Tallinn, who would eventually help develop Skype and the file-sharing service Kazaa, and several other coders did just that in 1993 with "SkyRoad," a spaceship racing/puzzle game that had simple controls, catchy music and appealing visuals. The game has since been released for free, and you can download it from the Bluemoon website, but you can also play an in-browser version by clicking below.

A screenshot of SkyRoad
Click here to play a full version of "SkyRoad," free in your browser!

The controls and objective of "SkyRoad" are simple. Power your ship to the end of the road, avoiding obstacles but staying on the path. Use the space bar to jump and the arrow keys to move your ship around the map. Keep an eye on your oxygen and fuel meters - if they run out, you'll have to go back to the start of the level.

Blue Moon would go on to produce several other computer games, notably Thunder Brigade, a 1998 release that the company calls its biggest project. The game, which centered on three-dimensional tank combat, was not well received.

Go inside the blog to learn more about Blue Moon's involvement in file sharing, and the shareware boom of the early 1990s.

 

This week’s free game: ‘Super Off Road’

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at dang@spokesman.com or kiph@spokesman.com.

How's this for nostalgia? Leland Corporation's "Super Off Road" competed to gobble all my Chuck E. Cheese tokens from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade game in the early 1990s, and now you can play it for free, in your browser, thanks to the Internet Archive! Click below to play this 1992 masterpiece of top-down racing goodness, sans the wheel and pedal.

Super Off Road screenshot
Click here to play Super Off Road, free in your browser!

The sound quality isn't the best, and the arrow keys aren't as responsive as I would have liked. But the game, one of my favorites of the genre as I mentioned in a post a few weeks back, is still enjoyable. Here's the default controls for your PC:

1 - START
ARROW KEYS - Steering
CTRL - A button
SPACE - B button
ALT - C button
P - Pause
TAB - Options

The goal of the game is to finish the season with as much money as possible. You start with $100K to purchase upgrades for your racer, and finishing higher on each track awards you more money.

Go inside the blog to learn more about this oft-ported classic of the arcades.

This week’s free game: ‘Death Rally’

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at dang@spokesman.com or kiph@spokesman.com.

This week we return to the long-forgotten genre of top-down racers and bring you "Death Rally" from Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment. You might know them from their work on the Max Payne series and Alan Wake, but the company got its start with this 1996 violent racing game that released for MS-DOS platforms. The game was released as freeware in October 2009.

Death Rally cover
Click here to download Death Rally directly from Remedy Entertainment!

The game is an upgraded port from its DOS days and does not require an emulator to play. Visit this forum posting on the Remedy Entertainment website if you have issues downloading/installing the game, which is only available for PCs. Go inside the blog to learn more about this dastardly deviant racing game and Remedy's 20-year history in the games industry.

Buescher’s Late Charge Nets Iowa NCWTS Victory

Saving a set of sticker tires for a late-race trip to pit road – after his rivals had exhausted their supply of fresh rubber – pushed the reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion to victory in Sunday's Fan Appreciation 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Carl Edwards wins wild Richmond race; last three laps shuffle Chase spots

Yes, Carl Edwards won the race, streaking away after a restart with three laps left and beating Kurt Busch to the finish line by .668 seconds. But Edwards’s second victory of the season, his first at Richmond and the 21st of his career played second fiddle to the radical change of fortune that irrevocably altered the seasons of four of his competitors.

Late pass gives Brad Keselowski victory in 1,000th Nationwide race

Grabbing the lead for the first time after a restart on Lap 240, Keselowski subsequently survived a seventh caution and a final restart to beat Scott, the pole winner, to the finish line by 1.946 seconds in Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250, the 1,000th race in NASCAR Nationwide Series history.

Winners crowned at U.S. Nationals on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

NHRA Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon, Robert Hight (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and John Hall (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners at the world’s most prestigious race, the 18th of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. It is the last race in the NHRA’s regular season and sets the stage for the six-race Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs which begins Sept. 13-15 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.

Shane earns Diamond Cup victory on H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series

In front of a crowded shoreline and hundreds of spectator boats anchored behind a log boom, Jimmy Shane showed his mastery of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s 2-mile H1 Unlimited Hydroplane race course en route to victory, marking the return of Diamond Cup racing just off Silver Beach.

Elliott scores first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Canada

At 17 years, nine months and four days of age, Chase Elliott overtook Ryan Blaney to become the youngest race winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history as he moved aside leader Ty Dillon in a controversial and action-packed finish to Sunday's inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Kyle Busch holds off Joey Logano for Cup win at Atlanta

Kyle Busch claimed the trophy for the AdvoCare 500, beating Joey Logano to the finish line by .740 seconds. Locked into a top-10 spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Busch added three bonus points to his Chase-opening total with his fourth win of the season.

Shane has early lead towards entry into Diamond Cup finale

H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing continues today on Lake Coeur d'Alene near Silver Beach. The top-6 drivers in weekend points will earn a spot in the 4 p.m. final heat.

Kevin Harvick holds off Kyle Busch for thrilling Atlanta win

In a battle of Sprint Cup regulars, Kevin Harvick edged Kyle Busch for the win in Saturday night’s Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after the drivers waged a scintillating battle over the final seven laps of the 195-lap race.

Diamond Cup presents new challenge for H1 teams

Unlimited Hydroplane racing returns to the Inland Empire for the first time since 1968. For the competitors of the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series the course will present plenty of challenges this weekend.

Force eager to reclaim Indy magic at this weekend’s US Nationals

John Force has been a threat at nearly every U.S.Nationals over the years on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. As the veteran looks to gain a spot in the series Countdown to One playoffs a win this weekend would go a long ways to securing that berth.

Matt Kenseth holds off Kasey Kahne for victory at Bristol

The victory was Matt Kenseth’s fifth of the year and it guaranteed the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at least a wild card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Kyle Busch wins at Bristol for 60th Nationwide victory

Pulling away from runner-up Brad Keselowski over a green-flag run that consumed the final 72 laps, Kyle Busch won his sixth NNS event at the .533-mile short track. The victory was his ninth of the season and the series-record 60th of his career.

Waltrip headlines talented field at SCR

A talented field leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series back to Spokane County Raceway on Satruday night highlighted by two-time Daytona 500 winner, Michael Waltrip.

Busch holds of Peters in wild Bristol finish

Kyle Busch looks to sweep NASCAR racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. He began that quest with a Wednesday night victory on the Camping World Truck Series.

Lupton leads NASCAR K&N Pro Series rookie chase

Dylan Lupton has been the top finishing Sunoco rookie in three of the nine races this season. In addition to his win at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on Saturday – the 19-year-old freshman driver from Wilton, Calif., has three top five and eight top 10 finishes and is fifth in the overall championship standings.

Joey Logano wins Cup race at Michigan from the pole

Logano scores third career victory on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his first at Michigan International Speedway.

Lupton Earns First Career Win On NASCAR K&N Pro Series

Dylan Lupton, the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year points leader, scored his first career victory on Saturday night as he took top honors at Evergreen Speedway. Spokane's Braeden Havens earned a 4th place finish, the best of his young career.

Kyle Busch holds off Brad Keselowski for Cup win at the Glen

Having surrendered the lead late in the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Busch reversed the trend Sunday in winning the Cheez-It 355 at the 2.45-mile road course by .486 seconds over runner-up Brad Keselowski.

Idaho 200 winner Blake Williams eyes race at Wenatchee

To be successful in a Wenatchee 300, Montana 200 or as in last weekend’s Idaho 200, a driver needs a solid car and a crew chief to lead them into the rigors of a long night. For Williams that crew chief is former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West star, Kevin Richards.

Seattle NHRA stop a crowd thriller during final round

Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Seattle, the 16th of 24 in the 2013 season.