Point-and-click fans: grab Beautiful Desolation while it’s free

Beautiful Desolation free

72-hour deal in effect until June 20

As part of GOG’s Summer Sale, the site is giving away free PC copies of Beautiful Desolation, a post-apocalyptic isometric adventure game with some gnarly art direction.

To claim this free-to-keep deal, you’ll need to click the green button GOG’s home page before 6:00 a.m. Pacific on Monday, June 20. It’s a pretty generous 72-hour window.

Before we go any further, check out this sick-looking skeleton:

Talking to a skull in Beautiful Desolation
Just a friendly chat with a skeleton.

Building off its work on Stasis, Cape Town-based developer The Brotherhood released Beautiful Desolation in 2020, and now the team is gearing up to launch Stasis: Bone Totem at the end of the year; if you’re afraid of the deep ocean, you may want to look away — or try to face your fears. This team has a knack for crafting cool isometric settings.

It’s worth it for the sights alone

Generally speaking, Beautiful Desolation went under the radar, but it got good reviews and has a positive player reception, so it’s a worthwhile free point-and-click pickup, for sure.

Here’s a bit more about the story and setting from the developers: “Mark, a man out of time, searches for his lost brother Don, in a far-flung futuristic era ruled by highly advanced technologies which are both revered and reviled. The inhabitants of this world will help and hinder you, as you make new discoveries and navigate the spectacular African-inspired landscape. From thriving villages to crumbling cities, petrified forests, and bone-dry ocean beds, this strange new world holds a multitude of terrains to uncover.”

I’ve seen complaints about some design elements — what’s your tolerance for fetch quests? — but as an overall visual experience, this looks memorable.

June 20 is the deadline, and the GOG Summer Sale has another giveaway lined up.

While you’re poking around, you may also want to snag Daggerfall Unity – GOG Cut, a modern take on the classic game that will feel more palatable for some Elder Scrolls fans in 2022 who want to “go back” but not all the way back. It’s also free — “all you have to do is download the game and simply launch it,” according to the team. I love a no-fuss setup.

The free games are really piling up these days, huh?

Jordan Devore
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.