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The fun Kao the Kangaroo sequel is the next Epic Games Store freebie

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Epic Games Store has revealed the new titles that it will be offering up, free of charge, to all of the dashboard’s users next week — And its a trio of titles this time around, with racer Horizon Chase Turbo, slapstick death match Against All Odds, and cartoonish platform adventure Kao the Kangaroo.

Developed and published by Tate Multimedia, and arriving on PC and consoles just a short year ago, Kao the Kangaroo is a legacy sequel to the ’90s mascot platforming series, which debuted on PC and Sega Dreamcast in the twilight days of the decade. Tate Multimedia decided to give the punch-drunk Antipodean a fresh turn in the ring after a passionate online campaign from the character’s cult fanbase.

This new sequel takes its cue from the Crash Bandicoot series, and sees Kao don the gloves once again on a globe-trotting mission to find his missing sister, while also treading a path to become the greatest fighter in the world. While the new title is hardly a world-beater when it comes to platforming adventures, it’s far better than folks were expecting, and a fine way for genre fans to spend the afternoon. Available for the grand price of nothing, its well worth picking up.

Released for PC and consoles back in 2018, Horizon Chase Turbo is a revamped edition of Aquiris Game Studio’s racer Horizon Chase, and tasks players with putting pedal to the metal across a series of circuits, located in the far corners of the continents.

The action is particularly old-school and incredibly arcadey, with the player forced to gather fuel power-ups in order to keep themselves in the race. As such, Horizon Chase Turbo is something of a throwback to the classic arcade racers of yore, such as Top Gear, Pole Position, and Wec Le Mans.

Taking the concept of physical game shows such as Wipeout and Ninja Warrior to their ultimate extremes, Against All Odds presents chaotic, slapstick assault courses that require acrobatic movement, deft adaptation, and incredibly quick wits in order to keep the contestants from meeting a particularly sticky end.

Developed by indie studio Microwave Games and launching with this Epic Games Store arrival, Against All Odds will allow groups of up to four players to battle it out in an effort to thrive, or merely survive, in a cartoonish-looking but ultimately deadly world of spike pits, buzzsaws, flamethrowers, and anti-gravity leaps as they compete to become the champion of the dystopian “Slaughter League”.

Remember, you can’t spell “Slaughter” without “Laughter”.

Kao the Kangaroo, Horizon Chase Turbo, and Against All Odds will be available to download free from Epic Games Store from May 4-11. Until then, you still have time to pick up current freebies Breathedge and Poker Club.


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