Multiplayer Misrule: Chaos Reborn Gets A Demo

Newborns are gross and… I had planned to start this post about Chaos Reborn [official site] now having a demo with some kind of gag about how reborns are surely even grosser, so it’s probably better to be visiting the game a month after launch. Then I remembered that reborn dolls are A Thing and just so uncanny and now I’m too distracted looking at those eerie little effigies while admiring the artistry and… I wish Pip were around this morning to talk me down out of this. Chaos Reborn has a demo now, okay, and a new update recently hit too.

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Kitchen Nightmares: Carrots And Cream

Brendan mentioned Carrots And Cream [official site], but did you play it? No? Then I’ll continue. It’s a free game created during this month’s Asylum Jam, a 48 hour game jam about making horror games free from negative mental health or medical stereotypes. By swapping the asylum for the garden and the kitchen, it offers creeping horror closer to home. It’s deliberately tongue-in-check but is also really quite unsettling. Here’s why.

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Explore The Orange Moon In Action-Platformer’s Demo

Orange Moon [official site] is a 2D platformer that’s part action, part RPG, and part roguelikelike. As an inquisitive astronaut-cum-explorer, you set out for the titular Orange Moon in search of new life and natural resources. As these things tend to go, you’re met with a far harsher environment than first expected (seriously, does any planning go into these expeditions?) with threatening native life, perilous terrain, and shit-loads of traps and contraptions to overcome. Take a look for yourself below:

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Free Loaders: The Undefinable Horror of Carrots

This week’s selection of excellent or otherwise interesting free games features rabid dogs, sharp knives, worms, slime moulds, procedurally generated poops with little smiling faces and, oh yes, a dictatorial owl with severe megalomania.


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Crytek’s Dinosaur Island VR Demo Now Dinoloadable

After some foolish experiments in the ’90s left dozens of people dead, scientists have mostly stopped trying to resurrect dinosaurs. It’s fine, don’t worry, now dinofans are only resurrecting them electron-sized within the secure confines of computers. Look at Crytek and their Back to Dinosaur Island, a tech demo with a dino nest safely inside y- wait, what? You have to put on virtual reality goggles and get shrunk down and travel inside your PC to confront the dinosaurs? Reader dear, do not do this – it is not safe.

Crytek today released the tech demo for all to nab through Steam, eight months after first showing it. Do not download it and enter with your cybergoggles. It cannot be safe.

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Roguelove: ADOM Is Now Available On Steam

Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM) [official site] is one of the first things I install on any computer I own or borrow. That’s been the case since I first discovered the game around twenty years ago. Created by Thomas Biskup, ADOM is one of the great traditional roguelikes, a combination of randomised dungeon crawling and a hand-crafted overworld. There are scripted sidequests as well as a Big Plot to follow, and there are oodles of character combinations.

It’s now available on Steam for the first time, in enhanced form. I roguelove it.

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The Crew’s Wild Run Expansion Arrives, Towing Demo

Ubisoft’s The Crew [official site] is an MMO-y sort of a racer, and its first expansion is suitably MMO-y. Wild Run arrived last night with trucks and motorbikes and challenges and other new things for folks who pay, but its launch also updates the base game with new things for everyone. New lighting and a new weather system are among updates for all. The game’s timed demo is updated to show off expansion stuff too. It’s MMO-priced as well, with the expansion running you, er, £25 – the same as the main game.

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Bellular Hexatosis: Porp & Neotenomie’s Strange Sights

Offer me the chance to step inside one of Porpentine’s worlds and I’d laugh, cry, shed my skin, then run screaming into the woods. I can’t say I’m not curious about her alien landscapes, cruel societies, lost people, and strange loves, though. Good news! New technological advancements mean you can now virtually peek inside 3D recreations and experience emotions in a controlled environment before safely retreating.

Porpentine and Neotenomie’s latest, Bellular Hexatosis [official site], flows like one of Porp’s Twine games but in a shiny 3D world. If you want to help your poorly sister, a spiralling column of liquid, you can leap in now.

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We’re Giving Away 300,000 Copies Of Cult Of The Wind

Cult of the Wind [official site] is a third-person multiplayer shooter in which your character casts their arms wide and pretends that they’re an airplane. You need to be moving in order to shoot and you can briefly morph into an actual plane in order to launch yourself short distances. It’s silly and simple and we’re giving away 300,000 copies of it for free below.

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Football Manager 2016 Demo Is Out, 4161 Megaballs Big

You’ve watched other kids play it, but never had the courage to try for yourself. You overhear friends talking about it, but when you ask, they brush you away with a dismissive, “Oh, you wouldn’t like it.” You fear they may be right, but you need to find out for sure. You’ve called in sick, you’ve taken the phone off the hook, you’ve drawn the curtains closed. Today is the day you try Football Manager for yourself, and the FM2016 [official site] demo which came out last Friday for Windows, Mac and Linux is just the way to do it.

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