Schooling, as I’m reminded each time I am overcome by a wave of masochism and log in to the Pupil Loans Firm web site, ain’t free. Besides this time it’s, as a result of Two Level Campus—final 12 months’s comedic college administration sim that took pleasure of place as our personal Katie Wickens’ private GOTY choose—is letting you play it free of charge this weekend on Steam.

That is Two Level’s follow-up to its Theme Hospital-like Two Level Hospital, which you possibly can most likely inform from the title, and continues its medical predecessor’s pattern of surreal humour and delicate disaster. To rejoice its first birthday, it is free to strive till Monday, July 31, and is 50% off till August 10 too, if the free interval convinces you the provost’s life is the one for you.

This can be a administration game within the basic Bullfrog vein: You will spend lots of time hiring and firing peculiar little weirdos and laying down blueprints on your myriad services. You stability a finances, make sure that your college students are tolerably glad when you wring them dry, and usually strive to make sure your entire edifice of your venerable establishment would not collapse underneath the load of its contradictions and discontent. It is principally a one-to-one simulation of working an actual college, in essence.

To present you some thought of the educational alternatives on provide right here, Two Level Campus’ classes encompass issues like wizardry, espionage, and one of many expansions sends your college students into area. In his Two Level Campus overview, PCG’s Fraser Brown known as it “a assured good time, bursting with vitality, charisma and slapstick shenanigans” even when it “finally ends up feeling beholden to the mannequin of Two Level Hospital”. 

Plus, if you happen to’re in the proper millennial age bracket, it would show to be one of the vital potently nostalgic experiences you have had shortly. Not unhealthy for (briefly) free.