Cyberpunk RPG platformer Dex is free on GOG for a limited time

Audio player loading… is having a sale at the moment that is simply called The GOG Sale, with discounts on varied games like Noita (opens in new tab) (50% off), Invisible Inc. (opens in new tab) (75% off), A Plague Tale: Innocence (opens in new tab) (80% off), and, while we're on the subject of cyberpunk, Deus Ex GOTY Edition (opens in new tab) (86% off, making it a steal at 97 cents). GOG's also giving away Dex (opens in new tab), a sidescroller in the vein of Flashback, for free.

Dex was released in 2015 after being crowdfunded on Kickstarter (opens in new tab), where developers Dreadlocks Ltd said, "The levels and gameplay are non-linear and feature alternative solutions to each problem and obstacle. In other words, the game injects the poison (a problem, an enemy, an obstacle) and offers various antidotes (skills, abilities, equipment). The rest is up to you. In our vision, this is what makes an RPG a true Role Playing Game – the freedom to choose how to do things." Dreadlocks Ltd also called it "reminiscent of Castlevania or Metroid titles with a smattering of the Deus Ex and Splinter Cell series."

The setting is Harbor Prime, a city inspired by locations from Blade Runner and Neuromancer, where you can be an assassin, a gunfighter, or a hacker. The hacking system involves swapping to an avatar in cyberspace where you take on countermeasures and viruses to get access to devices you can overload, turrets you can deactivate, and data you can steal.

Here are a few more bargains you can grab from GOG's sale while you're there.

  • Disco Elysium - The Final Cut (opens in new tab),  65% off.
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (opens in new tab), 67% off.
  • Crawl (opens in new tab), 80% off.
  • Don't Starve (opens in new tab), 75% off.
  • Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (opens in new tab), 50% off.
  • Megaquarium (opens in new tab), 60% off.
  • Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe (opens in new tab), 90% off.
  • Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition (opens in new tab), 80% off.

You've got until 6am PST, 11pm AEST, or 1am UTC on August 29 to claim a free copy of Dex (opens in new tab) on your GOG account. And here's all the other free games you can grab right now too.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.