Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Canada Route Zero: Highway Of Tears Demo

By Adam Smith on July 22nd, 2014.

Digging through the RPS archives can be rather alarming. Highway of Tears looks like the kind of game our keen eyes may have spotted so I dutifully typed the first few letters into the ‘tag’ search – ‘h-i-g-h-way To The Reich’, the form completed itself and waited for my approval. No. Bad form. Bad RPS. I’ll deal with this situation right away. I wonder what other innocent words produce a single disturbing response?

Highway of Tears caught my eye because it has a strong set of influences, including Kentucky Route Zero, True Detective and ‘the mythology of the Haida aboriginals’. That already makes for a more attractive point and click prospect than ‘comedy anti-hero’ or ‘rubbish [insert job title]‘. A demo is available.

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Grimdark Adventuring: Tormentum Demo

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

You bet that statue's a puzzle!

Talk is cheap. You may get people to give your game the old Steam Greenlight within 23 days, but that doesn’t mean they’ll chip in to raise $9,000 for it. And while you can say you’re making a fantasy horror adventure game, that doesn’t mean it’ll be any good. Hoping to resolve all of this, OhNoo Studio have released a short demo for Tormentum – Dark Sorrow.

It’s all grim stone fortresses, torture chambers, ornate sinewy armour, dessicated worshippers, and classic adventure game puzzles–certainly everything I expected. Grab it for Windows or Mac.

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When I Bounce Into: The Wild Wild Pixel

By Adam Smith on July 8th, 2014.

I do like it when Kickstarter campaigns come equipped with a demo. It’s like being able to take a car for a test drive before you buy it – except the test drive takes place a year before the car is finished so you sometimes have to make do with riding a trolley down a hill instead. Still, it’s nice to get out of the house.

The Wild Wild Pixel has a demo so prepare for a ramshackle soapbox derby. It’s an early alpha of the game’s first chapter (of five) but despite missing and incomplete assets, it gives a good sense of the game. That’s because the game is a point and click adventure, so it’s tone, characterisation, story and puzzles are more important than the state of its assets. Video below.

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Turn-Based Gradius: Mighty Tactical Shooter

By Adam Smith on July 2nd, 2014.

Mighty Tactical Shooter was my favourite game of Rezzed this time around. The concept is simple and brilliant – a turn-based side-scrolling space shooter in the mould of R-Type. I feel like there may be an alternate dimension in which ‘turn-based’ came to dominate gaming in the way that ‘procedural’ is. We’d have turn-based racing games, turn-based first-person shooters and turn-based ski-slaughter simulators. Sadly, in this dark procedural timeline we’ll have to make do with Mighty Tactical Shooter, now on Kickstarter. Good thing it’s chuffing fantastic.

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Deadly Steam Rooms Of Death: DROD On Greenlight

By Adam Smith on July 2nd, 2014.

I’m very late to this particular party but I’m also incapable of ignoring a good DROD story when I see one. For those not in the know, DROD (Deadly Rooms Of Death) is a long-running series of top-down dungeon crawlers. The first game is seventeen years old and the latest (and possibly final) came out last month. There’s a demo available as well as ‘lite’ browser versions of earlier instalments. The DROD games are puzzle games in D&D wrapping paper and although I’ve never completed one, I’ve played a fair amount of all but the latest. Unusual, well-designed and of venerable age, these games deserve a wider audience, which is where Greenlight comes in.

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Filament Face: Bulb Boy

By Adam Smith on July 2nd, 2014.

If Bulb Boy were a Silver Age comic book hero, he’d be called Light Lad and would have a father figure/mentor called The Illuminated Man. They’d be crap, obviously, their giant glowing bonces intruding onto the periphery of Justice League International photoshoots. Bulb-headed folk (Bulb Face?!) simply aren’t meant to be superheroes. Too fragile. Too limited in their capabilities. Perfect for a point and click horror game though, in which a portable light source is a handy resource, particularly when it’s in the form of a detachable head, eyes and all. Bulb Boy is currently Kickstarting, has a short demo (download or play in a browser) and is an unusually stylish creation.

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Remind Yourself Of Rodina’s Space Combat And Computers

By Graham Smith on July 1st, 2014.

Not quite No Man's Sky, but it'll do.

It’s been a while since we last checked in with Rodina, in as much as we haven’t mentioned it on this site at all since Craig noted the release date late last year. That’s a shame given that we live in a world of in-progress but unreleased or expensive space sims, and Rodina is a space sim that’s unfinished but i) out now and ii) has a demo and iii) has a pay-what-you-want business model. To rectify the oversight, I’ve played it a bit, and popped a trailer and some progress updates below.

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Stage Presence: A More Realistic, Virtual Reality Rock Band

By Graham Smith on June 27th, 2014.

The email I received about Stage Presence, an Oculus Rift game where you must keep an angry festival crowd happy with nothing but your microphone, contained a single sentence that convinced me to post it. “I promise not to rename it ‘Bez Simulator 2014′.” Think how fast I’d have posted it if developer Jon Dadley had promised that he would rename it that.

Wonder what it’s like to stand on stage and dodge bottles being thrown at you by a mob? Watch the trailer below.

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Another Man’s Sky: Xeno Galaxies

By Adam Smith on June 24th, 2014.

I can’t be the only person who is extremely excited by the prospect of No Man’s Sky while also slightly concerned as to what I’ll actually be doing from moment to moment in the game. Exploration for exploration’s sake is fine by me but there’ll need to be a lot more variation than in the current beta* to keep things interesting. Xeno Galaxies, currently Kickstarting to the tune of CAD$45,000, is also aiming to create a procedural universe for players to explore, but Neovariance Games are much clearer about what will be happening in that universe. You’ll be mining, trading and shooting a whole lot of things.

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Trialfall: Origin Kicks Off Free Timed Trials With Titanfall

By Alice O'Connor on June 20th, 2014.

Blam.

According to Origin, I have played Titanfall for three hours. I enjoyed those three hours but look, the world has so many other video games, and I feel antsy staying indoors on a sunny day, and Titanfall’s giant revolver is so far down the unlock line I couldn’t bear to be apart from it. It is certainly worth a try, though, especially as it’ll be free to play for 48 hours this weekend.

EA are launching an Origin equivalent of Steam’s free weekends, letting everyone play the full version of a game free for a short while, under the name Origin Game Time.

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Ordinary People: Unrest Demo Released

By Adam Smith on June 16th, 2014.

I’ve been following the development of Unrest for a long time. An RPG set in ancient India, with fantasty flourishes, the game received Kickstarter funds to the tune of $36,251 this time last year. It’s the story of five people “who are struggling to get by in the in the famine-stricken city-state of Bhimra”. Decisions are based around political and social upheaval rather than wearing one shiny belt instead of another, and Pyrodactyl promise complex branching conversations. The game is out on July 23rd and a demo is available right now.

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Spelunktroid: Crystal Catacombs

By Alec Meer on June 7th, 2014.

Oh dear, I’m going to have to buy one of those Xbone pads now that they’re PC-friendly, aren’t I? Too often lately I’ve scowled at a game only to find that it improves immeasurably when played with a gamepad instead. Last week it was Watchunderscoredogs (still a bit dull though, innit?), this week it’s indie Metroid/Spelunky mash-up Crystal Catacombs. All ready to dismiss it, I was, as its core wall-jumping mechanic was a miserable and oft-fatal chore when hung around the space bar, but now I’m rather taken with its odd creatures and caverns and its gently punishing aRPG qualities.
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Some Games Live Forever: Death To Spies 3 Demo

By Adam Smith on May 27th, 2014.

I thought Death For Spies 3 had been garrotted in an alleyway or invited to a polonium picnic. As it happens, despite a prolonged and unexpected stay in a sinister bunker between national borders, the third-person stealth action game is still with us. A failed crowdfunding campaign may have delayed development but a demo has now been released, showing the cold war setting. In-game footage below.

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