Want a good-looking, somewhat depressing visual novel about communist Poland to end the year? Do you want to make it free? Of course you know.
In the martial law, you play a low-level figure abandoned by the Polish government of the Warsaw Pact. Do your best to take care of your daughter, he wants to try to improve. This is a classic visual novel setting, with many endings to find and problems to be solved and/or not solved. I called it frustrating before, but if you want to find it, there is a happy ending.
It is also very educational, with a lot of information about the Polish C communism in the 20th century. According to the developers, it aims to “visualize the reality of Polish families at the time, their way of thinking and the way they understand the world”. I have read a few things about that era, but I still learned a lot of neat things while playing.
Martial Law was originally made as a game jam entry, but later expanded into a full game to give away for free. It also works on Linux, and I know it will appeal to some people who read this website here.
You can find Martial law on Steam. Try not to fall asleep in the snowdrifts. Or do. I am not your boss.