Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Ooh, Tanks! Tokyo Warfare’s Free Multiplayer Prototype

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

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' - remember that man with a hat, aye?

Tanks rolling through the streets of Tokyo, big seats with wheels and pedals, polygonal 3D graphics (three dimensions! three!), big bassy booms, and networked multiplayer left early teen me fascinated by Namco’s Tokyo Wars in arcades. I only ever had the money to play it twice (we were a penny falls family), but it’s stayed in my mind all along. I like games doing unlikely things in otherwise-serene modern cities. Well, today’s my lucky day, as folks are making a game which looks awfully similar.

Tokyo Warfare [official site] is an arcadey tank battler rolling through the streets of Tokyo, and has a free work-in-progress version you can download and play today.

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10 Minute Barbarian Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

By Emily Gera on July 26th, 2015.

Some people say that Hemingway’s short poem “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is great because of the enormous size of a story it hints at in such minimalist prose but I think we all know it’s actually good because it’s really, really fast. In this mile-a-minute world of vines and GIFs I just don’t have time for anything that requires more than seven seconds of recollection.

Enter 10 Minute Barbarian [official site], which is exactly what it should be.

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GhostBuskers: Audio Horror Game Sylvio Has a Demo

By Adam Smith on July 21st, 2015.

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. It’s a quiet game, set in an abandoned park where the sky runs red, and you’ll spend the majority of the playing time straining to hear voices in the static. Sylvio, you see, is a game about electric voice phenomena and its central scares are based around a tape deck, on which recordings made in the field can be played at various speeds, reversed and analysed. I’ve raved about the game at length and now there’s a demo available for you to try.

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Nuts, Bolts, Wheels, Guns: Scraps Is Out Now

By Adam Smith on July 15th, 2015.

After three years in development, vehicle construction and combat game Scraps has entered Early Access. The initial response seems positive (Steam literally says “User reviews: positive”) and that’s understandable: Scraps [official site] allows you to build vehicles that are more or less made out of cannons, and when those cannons fire, the recoil is liable to cause all manner of physics-driven shenanigans. The video below shows a variety of vehicle types, and the final shot demonstrates that spherical cars are the only thing better than galley-shaped cars.

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Six Hours Of World-Saving – Dragon Age: Inquisition Demo

By Alice O'Connor on July 15th, 2015.

As a sprog replaying demos again and again to draw out the stretches between getting new games, I loathed timed demos. I’d happily replay the same two or three levels over and over. As a growed-up, mind, I’d much rather have a one-off timed chunk to explore a game and see what it’s really about. It’s especially handy for open-world games – difficult or pointless to section up.

It’s high time that Dragon Age: Inquisition [official site] got a demo, and I’m glad that it’s a timed one. It’s on Origin. Six hours of singleplayer isn’t bad, and it offers unlimited multiplayer time too.

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A Tall Glass Of RTS: Etherium’s Free Full Trial Week

By Alice O'Connor on July 13th, 2015.

Etherium [official site] is unlikely to work its way into anyone’s list of strategy favourites but if you’re a fan of traditional RTS games, its short bursts of action might be as welcome as a cool pint of H20 during a drought,” said our Adam in His Wot I think. Now, I’m not too good on logic, but I believe that means that this game is just the ticket on a hot muggy summer’s day. Perhaps pour a splash of Robinsons orange squash over your computer too – this is Wimbledon time, after all.

You can test that logic for yourself, as the full game is free to try on Steam all week, and half-price if you want to keep it.

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Drift Through Checkpoints In Slipstream’s Demo

By Alice O'Connor on July 12th, 2015.

WHAT IS THIS CITY I love it

I was always fascinated by the fake 3D worlds of racers like OutRun, Road Rash, and Lotus Turbo Challenge. Roads banked by trees, lamps, and buildings wind through vast and otherwise-empty plains, while mountains and endless cities scroll through parallax layers in the distance. They’re unreal in a way I’m deeply dippy about.

I am quite enjoying the look of Slipstream [official site], an upcoming racer recreating those old fake 3D techniques and their impossible landscapes. A new demo’s out on Itch if you fancy a go.

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Explore-o: Aquatic Adventure Of The Last Human Demo

By Jem Alexander on June 30th, 2015.

I’m a sucker for self-proclaimed Metroid-vanias, especially ones with a nice pixel art, so The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human [official site] is totally up my street [I’d meant to post about it sooner myself -ed]. As such, it’s nice to see that the game was Kickstarted successfully, raising over 60,000 Swedish Krona (£4600ish) for developers YCJY to finish the post-apocalyptic undersea project.

A demo is already available, which includes a decent chunk of ocean for you to explore and a couple of bosses to defeat.

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We All Float Up Here! Tales Of Cosmos Has A Demo

By Cassandra Khaw on June 27th, 2015.

Look at that cute widdle doggie, just look at 'im

Pretty much every kid has dreams about being an astronaut. Unfortunately, space-themed games are about as close as we are going to get. Like so many modern adventure games, Tales of Cosmos [official site] was inspired by 90’s classics. There’s a twist, though. Where many of its genre-siblings can be a bit linear, this sci-fi extravaganza features an open world for its spacedog to roam around. And it has a demo on Steam for you to poke at Right Now!

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More Cyberpunk Bartending In New Valhalla Demo

By Alice O'Connor on June 26th, 2015.

I quite enjoyed being a cyberpunk bartender mixing exotic and dangerous cocktails for talking corgis and androids in the free prologue to VA-11 HALL-A [official site] last year. It has a horrible name, but the visual novel-ish mix ‘em up was fun and interesting.

A new demo serves up a look at how it’s come since then, switching to a new engine and showing off a different slice of story. No dogs this time. Nab it from Itch.

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Through The Woods’ Folk Horror Has a Free Demo

By Philippa Warr on June 8th, 2015.

Are we out of the woods yet?

Through the Woods [official site] is a Norwegian folk tale-themed tale of child kidnap. It’s currently on Kickstarter but with a demo so I figured I’d give it a go. There are some mild spoilers for the demo after the jump so if you wanted to try it blind just go to the official site.

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It’s Swery Time: D4 Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on May 29th, 2015.

Last time I posted about D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die [official site], I was a bit vague about what it is. It’s an adventure game, right? But not like typical adventure games. And it has action segments. And it all has loads of QTEs that tire your character. And coming from the chap behind Deadly Premonition, it’s obviously a bit weird. It’s… look, you can see for yourself as a demo has arrived ahead of its release next week. Finally, respite from relying upon this dolt’s foolish clacking!

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Jenny LeClue: Detectivú Teaser Demo Is Rather Lovely

By John Walker on May 28th, 2015.

Jenny LeClue has been on our radar for a while. After an exemplary example of how to do a Kickstarter campaign last year, the investigative adventure game made nearly double the goal, and put a realistic release date of the end of 2016. But that’s still an awfully long wait, so it’s great to see a lengthy demo has been made available to all.

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