Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Bloody Days – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare’s Free Weekend

By Alice O'Connor on November 21st, 2014.

He is both armless and harmless, do you see?

Hey, it’s the weekend: relax. Kick back. Kick your shoes off. Treat yourself. Have a banana. Have a cup of good, hot, black coffee. Have a beer. Take a nice long shower. Soak in the bath. Read a little. Stab a man. Sit under a tree in the rain. Go for a nice walk. Stomp over the corpses of your conquered foes. Chat with a close friend. Swim in a pond. Swim in rivers of blood. Crack a man’s skull with a maul. Murder. Mutilate. Conquer. Kill.

First-person meleer Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free to play this weekend on Steam, see.

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The Tentacles Of Time: Kelvin And The Infamous Machine

By Adam Smith on November 21st, 2014.

How pleasing that a game about time travel should have such a perfect sense of timing. Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a point and click adventure in which an inept research assistant must skip through time, inspiring great inventors and artists to fulfil their historical roles. It arrives on Kickstarter shortly after we cast our eyes over Thimbleweed Park, the Lucasarts throwback from the minds of Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert and Garry Winnick. Time travel? Pointing and clicking? Where are the tentacles? Seek them in the demo and trailer below.

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Gothic Americana Adventure: Fallow

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

Oh. Sure.

‘Music I enjoy persisting on my desktop once I’ve alt-tabbed out’ isn’t at the top of my Official List Of Things I Look For In Games which guides my every professional decision, but I certainly do appreciate it. Playing Fallow’s demo, I’ve left sonambulist Isabelline standing in front of monuments to the families who died to a mysteries ancient danger that swept the Americas, because it’s playing twangly guitar with soft wailing (musical saw, perhaps?) over crickets chirping. The adventure game’s stirring up ace eerie and mournful gothic Americana, you’ll see (and hear).

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FIFA Parody PES 2015 Has A Demo

By Alice O'Connor on November 17th, 2014.

Republicans vs. royalists.

I know what you’re thinking: “Hey, that looks like FIFA!” I thought the same about PES 2015 when I noticed it out on Steam, but let’s not jump to conclusions. Yes, it’s shooting for the same sort of real-time tactical action which I found in FIFA, but playing the demo that arrived a few days after launch shows it’s quite different. While the FIFA demo was heavy on lore, pomp, and flash, PES’s demo skips the fluff to create a more slimline, irreverent, and slightly retro take on the ritualised combat of goalzones and bombwarders. Kinda.

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Read Only Memories: Cyberpunk Adventure Gets A Demo

By Graham Smith on November 17th, 2014.

Read Only Memories is a cyberpunk adventure in which you’re bidden to talk-look-use your way through Neo San Francisco in search of a kidnapped friend by a robot who may be sentient or may only be self-improving. As someone who may be neither, I can tell you that the Kickstarted game now has a demo, a new trailer and a release date, and all are worth venturing below to learn more about.

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Gooooal! Football Manager 2015 Has a Demo

By Laura Kate Dale on November 15th, 2014.

So, any of you football loving types out there who prefer managing spreadsheets instead of having to actually sprint about a field yourself? You know where this is going if you’re a footie fan, yes I’m talking about Football Manager 2015. Our Adam was fairly torn on this year’s entry, so it’s probably a good thing that there’s a demo on Steam. There has been for a week, actually. Sorry we never mentioned it.

So, what do you get in the demo? Me and my sports-averse brain will try and work that out for you.

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Lego Batman 3 Launches, Heads For Outer Space

By Philippa Warr on November 13th, 2014.

Two people I actually recognise! Green Lantern and Spiderman

And in “opportunities to teach your child more about vigilante justice using playthings they know and love” news, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched yesterday – you can take it for a spin with a free demo.

I confess I’ve not kept up with all the recent Lego releases. At this point it feels less like a franchise and more of a brick-based pop culture library. Lego are basically the modern equivalent of a monastic scriptorium, where the Lego monks transcribe plots and concepts from television, movies and books and then add illuminated letters in the form of construction flourishes.

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Unofficially Micro Machines: Toybox Turbos

By Alice O'Connor on November 12th, 2014.

Splash-splash.

It might not be called Micro Machines, but Toybox Turbos is clearly Codemasters following up on their vintage top-down toy car racing series. Taxis and buses race around kitchen tables, ramping off slices off cake, popping up out of toasters, skidding on spilt milk, and taking a shortcut through a drying rack, oh, it’s so very Micro Machines. It seems quite pleasant too. Toybox Turbos launched yesterday, and a demo’s out too with a fair few tracks to zip about on.

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When Did This Get Here? Five Nights At Freddy’s 2

By Alice O'Connor on November 11th, 2014.

I never thought I'd be so unhappy to see vents in a video game.

The last time we looked at Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 on our security camera feeds, the animatronic horror was standing quietly still on Steam Greenlight. And now it’s here. It’s here on Steam, before us, released properly for real, and we didn’t even notice it leave Greenlight. It’s all very convenient for me, writing this now, as that’s the basic setup of the game: a Chuck E. Cheese’s-ish restaurant’s frightful animatronic animals come alive at night when not watched, and will try to sneak up and murder you. You can have a crack yourself in the demo.

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Lust For Light: Space Moth

By Adam Smith on November 10th, 2014.

Villainous space moths drink at moth eisley cantina

Moths are horrible things, especially the big, chunky ones. Bumbling about like swollen, dusty butterflies, they’re basically what would happen if a mummified penis grew wings and decided to come and live in your house just because you left the lamp on. Fortunately, Space Moth is crowded and colourful rather than nocturnal and moon-haunted. It’s a SHMUP of the bullet hell variety, although on the milder end of the scale. Well – the demo is at the milder end of the scale, but that’s just the first level. It’s good though, with a ‘soul draining’ ability that requires use of dual weapons for maximum points.

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The Talos Principle’s Demo Will Test Your Humanity

By Cassandra Khaw on November 8th, 2014.

You can now play a slice from The Talos Principle for free, if you like. Which I think you should, because a philosophical first-person puzzler from the makers of Serious Sam that seems genuinely awesome is as rare as a kirin in France. Editorial overlord John Walker says that The Talos Principle is a “surprising new direction” for Croteam. Gone are the guns, the manic humor. In their stead stands writing from Jonas Kyratzes and FTL’s Tom Jubert, neither of whom seem to be very frantic nor very frivolous. The “public test” will let you explore “four increasingly difficult complete puzzle levels.” Why? Because the developers want to use you and thousands like you for their additional stress and compatibility testing.

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Zeldalike Animal Gods Reborn Will Be Born

By Alec Meer on November 7th, 2014.

what animal is that then?

The age of “Zelda-inspired” is very much upon us. After the best part of a decade of our being besieged by Mario-inspired platformers, Johnny Indie’s sights are aimed a touch higher these, at Nintendo’s deathless action-adventure/fairy-bothering series. Latest case in point is Animal Gods Reborn, which has just successfully cast its Kickstarter incantation and is now preparing for the dark rite of stretch goals. Set in Bronze Age Europe, it’s all about battling the titular beast deities. And speaking of concepts from the dim and distant past, it’s even got a demo.
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What Big Downloads You Have: Red Hood Diaries Demo

By Alec Meer on October 31st, 2014.

The controversial McGee Act of 2000 has not yet been repealed, despite the revolt led by Tale of Tales’ The Path, so it remains the case that every videogame based on a fairy tale must be a broody platformer starring a young lady with a weapon. While we await Snow White: Dwarves Of Darkness and Rapunzel: Hairway To Hell, we can Halloween it up with today’s demo of Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries.

It’s Red Riding Hood with an axe and an acute case of Burtonitis, innit.
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