Posts Tagged ‘demo’

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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[Aliens Quote]: Roguelike FPS Space Beast Terror Fright

By Alice O'Connor on January 14th, 2015.

Terror!

“Pack a spare pair of spacepants for Space Beast Terror Fright!” writes whatever force of the ’90s has seized my fingers. “To the max!” SBTF, as I shall call it to save time I’ve now wasted explaining this acronym, is a roguelikelike FPS about a space marine venturing into alien-infested spacecraft to download data before setting them to self-destruct. It’s a tense, claustrophobic game about securing routes by locking doors and activating sentry turrets, knowing they’ll only hold so long, then falling back on blasting away with your giant spacegun. It’s still in development, but does have a free demo.

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Driving Forwards Is For Squares: Drift Stage Alpha Demo

By Alice O'Connor on January 5th, 2015.

Zooooom.

In the futurecity I’ll one day build around pedestrians, cyclists, and trains, cars will be confined to enclosed roads high up in the sky, forever screeching around corners for our entertainment. It’ll look a lot like Drift Stage, really. We’ve cooed over its pretty style of recreating a 16-bit 2D racer style in fine 3D, and now we can play it. A one-track “early alpha” demo is out now, and I have enjoyed driving sideways in it.

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Limousines And Live-Action Cutscenes: Roundabout Demo

By Alice O'Connor on January 5th, 2015.

I say ‘charming’ and ‘lovely’ far too much. Granted, I am a moon-eyed fool in constant awe of the world, but it means you, dear reader, might be sceptical when I call Roundabout charming. But it is. As our Adam explained in his review of the puzzler set in a constantly-revolving limousine, it’s a treat of goofy live-action cutscenes, funky funk, charm, and Kuru Kuru Kururin-ish puzzling. A demo has arrived on Steam so you can now see for yourself.

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Stop! Sign Motion Demo Ahead

By Alice O'Connor on December 16th, 2014.

My favourite road sign is the graffitied 'STOP for me it's the CLAW'

A world where people in traffic signs and other warning notices are alive, and can run, jump, and swing on bits from other signs? That’s a nice setup for a quirky aesthetic, that, and it’s the idea behind Sign Motion. We’re taking a child escaped from a school crossing sign on a merry adventure of puzzle-platforming, doing all the rope-swinging, crate-pushing, obstacle-dodging, poison gas-avoiding one would expect from the genre. What’s going on beneath an interesting look? You can feel for yourself, as a demo has arrived a while after its release on Steam.

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Huah! CoD: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Trial Weekend

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

What happens if I press- oh no! Graham! It's doing that purple beam again.

More than any Call of Duty in a long time, I fancy a crack at Advanced Warfare. I want to see how those exosuits and zany futuristic weapons shake up what was already a pretty fast for a modern FPS, but I’m not curious enough to splash out – strewth! – £40. Thankfully, the multiplayer side is free to play on Steam this weekend, so I’m downloading that now. One minor issue: the download is 36.5GB, so you might not have much time left to play by the time that’s finished.

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