Fiddle With Fate In This Starry Midnight We Make’s Demo

By Alice O'Connor on May 8th, 2015.

Does the movement of the planets and stars influence your behaviour and your destiny? Other than making you giggle when astrologers talk about “Uranus rising”, I mean. Story-o-puzzler This Starry Midnight We Make [official site] gives the power to shape the sky and change the world.

Starry Midnight is the latest Japanese game being localised and published by Carpe Fulgur, the folks who brought Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale westward. They plan to release it later this month, but for now it has a demo you can try.

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I Knew It: Telepath Tactics Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on May 8th, 2015.

“What am I, a mind reader?” is the kind of hilarious joke I’d crack if I did have telepathic powers, trying to shirk responsibility for casually smashing my flatmate’s favourite mug (the final gift from their dead gran) while making it clear that I don’t care if they’re upset: I’m better than them.

I haven’t played Telepath Tactics [official site] so I don’t know what the tactical RPG is about. Is it about using telepathy to uncover exactly what will rile up your flatmates most? Alec’s Wot I Think suggests not. If you fancy turn-based squad action rather than petty cruelty, you can see for yourself as a demo is now out for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Turn-Based Ball-Kicking In Football Tactics Demo

By Alice O'Connor on May 7th, 2015.

Back in September 2014, I wrote my one good RPS post, feigning ignorance of football and describing FIFA 15 as real-time squad-based tactical ritualised combat. Oh, what japes! But look who’s the fool now: it’s you, you rotters. Football Tactics [official site] takes that real-time action onto a grid with team management and turn-based ballcombat.

Developers Creoteam have released a demo to support their Steam Greenlight campaign. On the balltlefield it’s all pretty JRPG-ish, which proves me entirely correct.

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Say It Fast 3 Times: Touch Pianist Is A Fun Browser Toy

By Graham Smith on May 5th, 2015.

I own three keyboards: one for typing, two for playing music on. The one for typing is the only one I know how to use though, so I’m pleased with Touch Pianist. It’s a website in which you press any key in order to advance a piece of classical music one note at a time. It’s unlike Guitar Hero in that, if you stop typing, the music stops playing, but there’s still challenge if you need it in trying to match the rhythm of your key presses to that of the original piece. It’s quite lovely.

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Bearded B’s Beak Blasts Bugs In Metamorphabet Demo

By Alice O'Connor on April 30th, 2015.

Sweet dreams, kiddies.

I don’t know why John’s Wot I Think of Metamorphabet [official site] talks so much about babies and other varieties of child. Sure, I suppose children might experience some pleasure when a cyclopoid letter B sprouts a hoary beard then a beak pokes through its upper B hole to scream a torrent of bugs, but those snotty idiots are endlessly entertained by you covering your face with your hands. A child’s opinion is worthless. You know who truly appreciates letters being impaled by bug-blasting beaks? Alice. Me. I do.

Maybe you do too, and you can see for yourself as Metamorphabet now has a short browser-based demo on its site.

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Oooh – Circa Infinity Has A Devilish Free Demo

By Philippa Warr on April 30th, 2015.

Concentric demon dudes

Oh hey, remember how I was telling you about Circa Infinity [official site] last week? That demo of the first few levels is out now so in the interests of Following Up and Being Thoughtful and whatnot, I’m letting you know.

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Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

By Alec Meer on April 29th, 2015.

MIND-BLOWING FULL MOTION VIDEO

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA’s name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it’s Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.
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Test ‘Em Up – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Benchmark

By Alice O'Connor on April 28th, 2015.

Final Fantasy XIV [official site] may have launched in a sorry state, but I’ve heard good things from MMOers since its revamped relaunch with the A Realm Reborn subtitle. A big ole chunk of newsness is coming in June with the first expansion, Heavensward, and you can have an in-engine peek at that now running on your own computer thanks to a new benchmarking tool.

The free Heavensward benchmark will run through a few scenes showing off new things in Heavensward. It also includes the character creator so you can play with the new race in advance, and save your toons to use in the full release. Two months is about how long I need to perfect characters I create anyway.

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Sling Spells At Chums In Grimoire’s Trial Weekend

By Alice O'Connor on April 24th, 2015.

Which sort of a wizard would you be? I don’t mean Gryffindor or Hufflepuff or whatnot, no, the cool stuff: do you want to fling fire, summon earth golems, heal people, or skip that hippy junk and draw upon the consuming powers of the void? Perhaps you might find Grimoire: Manastorm [official site] a helpful, and violent, sorting hat.

Though the multiplayer first/third-person arena wizard war is still in Steam Early Access, it’s opening up to let everyone have a look at how that’s working out through a free full trial weekend.

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Side-On Slide-O-Cover Shooter Not A Hero Gets A Demo

By Alice O'Connor on April 23rd, 2015.

The release of a demo for Not A Hero [official site] is wrapped up in a marketing campaign with a load of guff about UK politics and Nigel Farage and immigrants and fake hackings but look, let’s ignore all that. It’s a side-on shooter where you can duck into cover and slide and murder men in cool ways, made by OlliOlli folks Roll7, so let’s set that baffling angle aside and focus on the fact that it has a demo out now and is pretty fun.

The demo’s on Steam (look for the ‘Download Demo’ button on that jumble of a storefront) and Dropbox ahead of the game’s release on May 7th.

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Flowers And Entropy In Free Game Menagerie

By Alice O'Connor on April 22nd, 2015.

The fine folks at Oleomingus have released another curious little free game, Menagerie [official site]. Based on a script and performance by Prayas Abhinav, Vidisha Saini, and Agat Sharma, it’s a gorgeous room filled with replicating men and deteriorating conversation. Pip and Alice had a look.

Pip: Alice, I feel like we’ve both drooled over Oleomingus screenshots and teasers and game snippets independently. What say we convene and discuss the leafy bathroom chat that is Menagerie TOGETHER? I’m launching it right now so I can tell you all about my favourite leaves, by the way.

Alice: Pip, a game about a chat which becomes increasingly incoherent sounds ideal for us. Also, it is the prettiest dang thing I’ve seen in a while.

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Cutesy Speedrunning FPS Lovely Planet Has A Demo Now

By Alice O'Connor on April 21st, 2015.

It is a nice planet, isn't it?

I know: you saw that screenshot, read the name Lovely Planet [official site], and rolled your eyes at ole Alice posting another one of her little wander ‘em ups. The joke’s on you, clever clogs. Those colourful cloud islands? You go there to dash and leap around and murder things with your stargun. It’s a first-person shooter, see, about honing short runs to top leaderboards, dodging one-hit-kill enemies, optimising routes, and trying not to miss.

Lovely Planet came out last July, but now it has a demo out through Steam.

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Pleasant Puzzling In Free Game Nine

By Alice O'Connor on April 20th, 2015.

How do you feel about games like Samorost and Windosill? You know, quiet, gentle puzzlers in surreal worlds which follow their own rules. The sort of game where solving a puzzle is often simply a happy side-effect of playing with something interesting, and you don’t mind if what you’ve been fiddling with isn’t the correct solution, because the interaction alone is pleasing. Those games. Do you like them?

If so, do have a peek at Nine [official site]. Released last week for free and playable in your browser, it is one of those games. I enjoyed it.

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