Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Puzzling Personalities: Pillar Released (And Has A Demo)

By Alice O'Connor on February 18th, 2015.

That's a tree.

I dislike the notion that people have fixed, easily-reducible personalities. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What’s your Meyers-Briggs personality type? These questions, and more, I dread in polite conversation. They’re behaviours, aren’t they, rather than a fixed core? Attitudes we can, and regularly do, flit between. But trust an INTP like me to use my dominant introverted thinking in such a way, yeah? (I don’t know what that means.)

This waffle is brought to you by noticing the release of Pillar [official site], a puzzle game where each puzzle revolves around a particular personality type. It has a demo too.

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Monstrous Investigations: Walkerman Demo

By Alice O'Connor on February 16th, 2015.

I like my monsters to follow weird rules and have irrational fears, quasi-human urges which seem familiar in concept but are so odd it makes them all the more strange and tragic. You know the sort of thing: vampires must sleep upon their native soil; werewolves only attack people with gaudy jewellery; ghosts are compelled to come out of hiding if you offer a high-five; skeletons get grossed out if you wave a bone at them and will pause to explain how that’s well out.

Walkerman [official site] is an upcoming adventuring visual novel about monster hunters who learn and exploit those rules, and you can see a little in a free demo.

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Musical Word Puzzling: Alphabeats Demo

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

Words. They’re okay, aren’t they? I see a lot of words each day, and unfortunately many are my own. But what if forming words could be like a disco rather than pulling teeth? Probably not created with that idea in mind, here comes Alphabeats [official site]. It’s a musical word-forming puzzler, where letters rain down from the skies and we try to grab them to form words while avoiding not-words. You can play a demo in your browser this very day.

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Tactical Shootybangs: Interstellar Marines Free Trial Week

By Alice O'Connor on February 10th, 2015.

Your crime's more than wanting to live and be free, right? I'd feel bad murdering you if that were all, robots.

Before he left us like they all do, like they always do, our dear Lighthouse Customer took a look at Interstellar Marines [official site], a tactical sci-fi FPS making its way through Early Access. Even back in October it was in pretty decent shape, with some horrible robots out for your organic blood, so how’s it looking after another four months of updates? Well, you can see for yourself, as it’s now in a free week-long trial on Steam.

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Rule The Skies And Comb The Desert With Tolroko

By Shaun Green on February 8th, 2015.

Stuck for something to play this weekend? Take a look at Tolroko [official site], then, as you may find that its freely downloadable alpha build puts your fancy in its sights and gives it a good tickle. With machine guns.

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Plants Vs Porkers: Battle Ranch Demo

By Adam Smith on February 3rd, 2015.

Battle Ranch [official site], which came to Steam yesterday, looks like a colourful orgy involving every game that has ever been referred to as “Casual”. There’s Plants Vs Zombies style flora defense, time management and farming. I’m not sure why I’d class ‘farming’ but I’m guessing it involves matching animals or seeds on a grid. The only thing missing is a dating sim disguised as a hidden object game. If you’re craving some Popcap-alike action, there’s a Battle Ranch demo to try before you drop any cash on a plot of land to call your own.

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Build A Warship: Psycho Starship Rampage Alpha Demo

By Alice O'Connor on February 2nd, 2015.

A PSYCHO STARSHIP I guess

Do you like games where you build and customise a spaceship then use it to blow up other spaceships? Psycho Starship Rampage [official site] is one of those games. Creators Ballistic Frogs call it a “a tactical space shooter with rogue-like mechanisms”, but you can see for yourself by downloading and playing the free alpha demo available now.

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Dead State Demo Is Hammering At Your Door

By Shaun Green on January 31st, 2015.

Zombies! They’re everywhere these days. Shambling up and down the road, moaning about something or other in those inaudible voices, causing long queues for the teller at your local bank. That sort of thing. They’re a menace and there’s just too many of them on the streets. It’s enough to make one long for the days when a human’s brains were their own concern.

Still, despite our zombie glut there’s still unlife in the concept yet. Now you too can put this to the test with a demo for Dead State [official site], courtesy of DoubleBear Productions.

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Turn-Based Gang Warfare: Streets Of Chaos

By Adam Smith on January 29th, 2015.

An alternate set of posters for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac

Streets of Chaos [official site] is a turn-based strategy game in which you fight for control of a randomly generated city. The city is represented as a grid and to conquer it you’ll recruit gang members and send them out to perform missions on the various blocks, ranging from extortion and hacking to finger-clicking dance-offs. Or possibly violent combat with chains and baseball bats that you can choose to imagine as dance-offs should you be so inclined.

When I saw the Steam page, I was immediately reminded of an old favourite and, indeed, Streets of Chaos is “loosely inspired by the classic strategy PC game Chaos Overlords“.

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Papercraft Adventuring: Papetura Demo

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

Honestly, his little friend is fine.

Papetura [official site] is one of the prettiest handcrafted games I’ve played. It’s an adventure game, as these things often are, starring a paper curl of a chap and his little… cat? on strange travels through a magical paper world with the most beautiful spotlighting making everything glow. A short (short!) demo is up for download on its site or playable in your browser, starting you off being swallowed by a paper whale, and developers Petums are trying the crowdfunding lark.

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Devour Bacteria & Consume Science In Immune Defense

By Shaun Green on January 25th, 2015.

Molecular Jig Games want to get right down deep into someone’s body (yours, maybe?) in Immune Defense, giving you control of a medical microbot helping white blood cells defeat infections. It’s currently in the final hours of a Kickstarter campaign and doesn’t look like it’ll make it, but does have a browser-based demo so you can at least enjoy that.

Cool concept as this is, there have been games before that have drawn on similar ideas. Where they differ is that Immune Defense is also setting out to provide a little education on the subjects it uses as the basis of its gameplay.

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Civ: Beyond Earth & Saints Row IV Steam Free Weekends

By Alice O'Connor on January 16th, 2015.

Loading SR4 up to take a shot for this post, I was surprised by how sensible my Boss looks.

Civilization: Beyond Earth does have a demo, but it’s limited to 100 turns – not many to feel how a Civ game ticks. Given lukewarm responses to it, you might want to see more. Here’s your chance: the full game is free for everyone to play on Steam until Sunday evening. Saints Row IV is also running a free trial weekend but surely you already know whether you’d like to be a superpowered scamp flying around cyberspace and punching aliens. Both are on sale too.

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Matching Minions: Tomb Of Tyrants

By Adam Smith on January 16th, 2015.

My quest to discover the heir to Puzzle Quest continues. You might think that in an age when 98% of games released have a match-3 component (the other 2% are Diner Dash style time management doohickeys) there’d be Puzzle Quests aplenty, but nothing since the original has managed to capture my attention in quite the same way. Ironcast could be the answer and Hero Emblems has shouldered its way onto my iPad this week, but for now the search continues.

Tomb of Tyrants is a new release that mixes match-34 with Dungeon Keeping. It’s quite an effective blend.

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