'The Walking Dead: Episode 1' and 'Kinect Party' free for limited time

'The Walking Dead: Episode 1' and 'Kinect Party' free for limited time

The first of five episodes in "The Walking Dead" adventure game lets players acquaint themselves with main characters Lee Everett, a professor with a criminal record, and the recently orphaned Clementine.

While most characters are new, there is some crossover with "The Walking Dead" TV series, and it's based on the fiction and style of the original graphic novel series.

The mini-series also scooped a bunch of awards, with Game of the Year accolades so far being given by sites such as Destructoid, GamesRadar, Paste Magazine, VentureBeat and Wired.

"Kinect Party," meanwhile, may not present itself as a considered, artfully crafted exploration of human instinct, but that's no reason to disparage its fun-time genius.

The follow-up to "Double Fine Happy Action Theater" contains sixteen different modes (and a further sixteen for owners of the first game), using the Kinect motion sensor's camera to turn players' own surroundings into forest glades, rivers of lava, or dubstep-drenched music videos.

"Kinect Party" is free from December 25 until December 31, and the indication is that "The Walking Dead: Episode 1" follows the same schedule, so grab them while you can.

Meanwhile, PlayStation owners with European accounts can avail themselves of four downloadable games for their PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP, by way of a PlayStation Xmas Giveaway on Facebook.

Those who 'like' the SonyPlayStation page, share it to their own wall, tweet about it, and subscribe to a newsletter are then shown download codes for the PS Minis "Velocity," "BreakQuest Bundle," "Canabalt" and "Wizorb."

The Walking Dead on Xbox.com: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Walking-Dead/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802443607d2
Kinect Party on Xbox.com: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Kinect-Party/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841125c
PlayStation Xmas Giveaway: http://apps.facebook.com/ps-xmas-vouchers/