In a time when humans were looking to expand to other worlds, robots equipped with the most advanced artificial intelligence that technology could provide were sent out across the universe to discover habitable planets for humans to call their own. But with so many robots sent into space, it was easy for humans to forget some of them if others had already discovered habitable life. The robots, on the other hand, accomplished setting up their world for human habitation and waited tirelessly for their masters. The Desolate Hope is a side-scrolling top-down platformer with role-playing and turn-based elements that focuses on a group of robots that continue to carry out their objectives as if their human masters are still on their way. You play as a computer program tasked with inhabiting the body of a coffee pot that is equipped with advanced technology in order to combat a virus that is plaguing your digital world and its robot inhabitants.
The coffee pot resides in a base station equipped with the latest human habitat technology. This technology allows for massive worlds to be created within a digital realm and the ability to experience these worlds through simulation. The station contains rooms that are each equipped with a different simulation that is affected by the virus, and a visually detailed robot gatekeeper grants you passage into each simulation. You must enter each simulation and eradicate the virus. Don't fear: you will not be pouring coffee on this threat, but instead killing it with an electrified orb weapon and the ability to jump, both of which can be upgraded throughout your journey. There is a night-and-day cycle, which affects how much time you have in each simulation to finish your task, adding urgency to the overall game and a nice break for you to explore the station and the beautiful art design, which is reminiscent of an '80s sci-fi flick.
There are plenty of hours of gameplay, a nonlinear path allowing for exploration, and detailed art design all packaged within a free game. Now you can't beat that, so check out the game here and experience The Desolate Hope for yourself.