Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Real-Time Tactical Action: FIFA 15 Demo

By Alice O'Connor on September 10th, 2014.

He's feeling down because we lost 5-0.

Our Adam often writes posts about EA’s FIFA games, but as he’s off on holiday this week (sitting in a quiet, dark room, for all I know), I’ll have a crack at this one. Hey there, FIfans! (I imagine that’s the term.) EA yesterday released a FIFA 15 demo, so we might finally answer the question on all of our lips: have they managed to keep the action lively for the fifteenth game (fifteen! can you imagine?) in their real-time tactical series? I strapped on my leg armour to find out.

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Point ‘n’ Click ‘n’ Laugh ‘n’ Kickstart: Paradigm

By Ben Barrett on September 10th, 2014.

Paradigm and its demo brought the LucasArts adventure classics to mind immediately. It’s got its own strange world, set in a ’70s vision of the future with massive computers and chunky machinery the backdrop to a dystopian, mutated landscape. The titular main character is a genetic experiment gone wrong. Supposed to be the perfect child, he instead came out as “the ugliest protagonist in gaming.” Likely the mildest of the cast, he’s joined by a computer addicted to Internet chatrooms, a beatboxing egg plant and a drug-addled astronaut. It’s the wacky work of solo dev Jacob Janerka, who’s taken it to Kickstarter looking for $14,000 Australian (~£8,000).

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Android Nightmare: 2D Horror Uncanny Valley’s Demo

By Alice O'Connor on September 8th, 2014.

Nothing uncanny about it--that's just plain awful.

We’ve had a gander at the android nightmare of Uncanny Valley before, at its dark laboratories draped in synthflesh and filled with mannequins and metal skeletons. Now you can wander those frightful places, ducking behind servers and fleeing from horrible things, as developers Cowardly Creations have release a demo for their 2D survival horror. Boo! Don’t worry, that was just me attempting to startle you with onomatopoeia, not a robot trying to assume your identity… this time.

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Spend A Quiet Few Minutes With Loop

By Ben Barrett on September 3rd, 2014.

Not quiiiite right

I have learned one very important thing from Loop: all games should have an ambient rain slider in their sound options. I’ll be contacting our John to get it on his next list. It is that most tranquil, serene of things and matches this simple puzzle game marvellously. You move hexagonal pieces around until lines of colour match up, flowing together in the titular loop. Developer John Cullen has deliberately included no elements that lead to a fail state or frustration, so you can go forever until you work each puzzle out. It’s not finished yet but you can play a demo of the first six levels.

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Tricks And Tomes Will Break Your Bones: Runers

By Adam Smith on September 2nd, 2014.

It is not a photogenic game but it is handsome on the inside

Now this here story I’m about to unfold took place back in the early afternoon – just about the time of my deep submersion in a different game altogether, an enormous, deep RPG. I only mention it because sometimes there’s another game…I won’t say a masterpiece, ’cause, what’s a masterpiece? But sometimes, there’s a game. And I’m talkin’ about Runers here. Sometimes, there’s a game, well, it’s the game for its time and place. It fits right in there. And that’s Runers, on Steam this afternoon. And it may be a roguelite game…but sometimes there’s a game, sometimes, there’s a game. Aw. I lost my train of thought here. But… aw, hell. I’ve done introduced Runers enough.

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It Got Out: Containment Protocol Demo

By Ben Barrett on August 29th, 2014.

I first saw Containment Protocol at Rezzed this year when the large banner showcasing its simplistic, beautiful art style immediately caught my eye. It’s difficult to describe in ordinary genre terms, but it’s close to a survival/exploration game. You remotely control a quad copter exploring an abandoned scientific facility, only able to see via its lidar scanning the surroundings. It’s atmospheric to the max–sounds echoing in empty corridors, clinical beeping coming from the automated defenses of the facility. You can explore too, as solo dev Byron Atkinson-Jones has dropped a new in-browser demo on its site (the build he’ll show at EGX, in fact).

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Makoa And Meercats: A Rite From The Stars

By Adam Smith on August 28th, 2014.

A Rite From The Stars is an adventure game, inspired by nineties classics and modern marvels alike. The setting and plot are interesting, but we’ll move on to that in a moment because there are far more important statements on the Kickstarter page. Developers Risin’ Goat (only enough in the budget for one ‘g’) claim that the game will not feature ‘pixel hunts’, ‘pointless walks’ or ‘boring inventory management (also known as “Use the stick in everything until it works”)’. I reckon all three of those things should have been left on the Lucas and Sierra cutting-room floor a long time ago, along with almost every puzzle in The Dig and the many deaths of Roger Wilco. A Rite From The Stars isn’t simply emulating the past and I’m grateful for that. The Kickstarter has eight days left on the clock and $15,000 of a $40,000 target left to raise.

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Build-A-Youth: The Sims 4′s Character Creator Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 19th, 2014.

That's what young people look like nowadays, isn't it?

No matter what’s removed or added or changed or bro-ised with The Sims 4, we can be fairly certain it’ll allow one thing: making goofy-looking folks. But lawks a lummy, Maxis have only gone and released that part for free! The ‘Create A Sim’ character creator has been yanked out of the full game to make a demo (or we can treat it as simply a cool toy for everyone to play with). Nab it from Origin. This came out last week, but we overlooked it in all the fuss and bother of Gamescom. Luckily, pulling silly faces is timeless.

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Games Journo Sim: Always Sometimes Monsters Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 18th, 2014.

For all the jokes about Doritos, the slider is actually the official snack of games journos.

“Brilliant but flawed” is how Ben described Always Sometimes Monsters, an RPG which sprawls and branches and reacts in squillions of ways depending on who and how you play. You’re a struggling writer making one desperate lunge at life, out of money, kicked out your apartment, and pining for a lost love. It’s perhaps a hard sell, so last week developers Vagabond Dog released a demo with an extra framing narrative to perfectly fit that horrible loser theme: you play a games journo who goes to the launch event, plays Always Sometimes Monsters, then writes a review.

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Steam Free Weekend-o-rama: Jets vs. Vampires vs. Soldiers

By Alice O'Connor on August 8th, 2014.

Video games!

A trio of free weekend trials on Steam mean that all and sundry can enjoy what are, as I understand, three figures and ideals important to PC gaming: soldiers, vampires, and jetplanes. They all, naturally, do fighting. Not each other, mind–others of their kind. None of these games will let you e.g. pilot a fighter jet battling winged vampires. More’s the pity, really.

Multiplayer futureplane game Strike Vector and realish FPS Insurgency have respectable sales to accompany their free weekend trials, and technically human vs. vamp arenakiller Nosgoth does too but that’ll be free-to-play at launch so it’s less special.

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Going Up: SimCity Timed Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on August 6th, 2014.

GREEN.

I dream of a city: dense, apartment blocks and tight terraces, lots of parks, even more trees, great public transport, by a river or lake with forest nearby. I skipped last year’s SimCity for obvious reasons but would like to build this dream in it, coo and aah as it bursts into an unconvincing simulation of life, then probably stop after, say, four hours.

Well gosh golly, as luck would have it that’s exactly how long the newly-released demo offers.

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Tetris With Guns: GunBlocks Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 5th, 2014.

Zappow!

The problem with Tetris, I’ve always said, is no guns. No guns, no walking, and no plot–that’s no video game I recognise. Thankfully GunBlocks addresses those three serious problems with that supposed ‘classic.’ It’s a turn-based shooty puzzle-platformer sort-of-how-much-more-can-I-hypenate thing with a lovely cutesy style and silly sense of humour, starring a little gunbot who needs to place Tetris blocks to pass obstacles so it can shoot more things.

You can play a short pre-alpha demo in your browser, which is much cute intro as it is gameplay, or come on in to watch a bit in a trailer.

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The Sealab Of Monkey Island: Station Demo

By Adam Smith on July 30th, 2014.

Behold, the glory of the mid-week headline slump. If I have to defend this one – and it’s positively ingenious compared to some of my previous work – then let it be known that Station is a point and click adventure set in an underwater facility. There are submersibles. That’s about all I’ve got. Actually, the Monkey Island reference is remarkably inappropriate considering that Station is aiming for tension and horror rather than comedy. If games and cartoons have taught me anything, it’s that people will always go mad if they spend more than half an hour underwater, which is why I don’t trust deepsea divers, hydrotherapy (it counts) or James Cameron.

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