Posts Tagged ‘demo’

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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A Halloween Treat: The Evil Within Demo

By Adam Smith on October 30th, 2014.

As Halloween approaches, do you find that your hunger for horror is increasing? Fear not. Or ‘fear a lot’, I guess. The first three chapters of The Evil Within are now available as a demo on Steam, with demo saves carrying over into the full game should you choose to purchase it. There’s also a 50% discount on the Season Pass and anyone who buys the game during this promotion, or has already bought it, will receive a copy of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.

Those first three chapters are a fairly good taster, with a bit of spooky stealth, a big setpiece and just enough freedom and trapping to show what’s coming later.

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Occult Detectives: Dog Mendonça & Pizza Boy Kickstarting

By Alice O'Connor on October 29th, 2014.

Chillaxing with a gargoyle's head and a demon in a child's body.

You get the idea: magic is real and so are ghosts and ghoulies and monsters and Lisbon is full of ‘em and you’re the sidekick to a werewolf occult detective. I haven’t read the comic book that Kickstarting adventure game The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizza Boy is based on, but it’s a simple premise and I’m glad the demo they’ve got out drops you straight into this rather than blab on. Things are weird and kind of funny, and you need to collect items and combine them and solve puzzles for reasons you don’t fully understand. It’s worth a play, even just to smile at how pretty it is.

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Sid Meier’s Demo For Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

By Alice O'Connor on October 27th, 2014.

A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is, as I understand it, an alternate ending to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. What happens after the kids reach Tomorrow-morrow Land? Does Aunty Entity rebuild civilization? Will Max return? And what about supposed sightings of Ironbar Bassey with a gentle brute bearing more than a passing resemblance to Blaster?

You can find out now, if you aren’t already playing, as Firaxis have released a demo. Click that ‘Download Demo’ button over on Steam. I’ll give it a go too, actually.

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Today In Real Game Names – REVOLVER360 RE:ACTOR

By Ben Barrett on October 26th, 2014.

Well, you’re not going to be unable to find it from googling, at least. REVOLVER360 RE:ACTOR, which I’m bowing to the capitalised stylisation of because it’s rad as hell, was brought to my attention by a comment in this weeks What Are You Playing? The ridiculosity of its name grabbed my interest, followed by its light-show visuals and thumping soundtrack. It’s a standard bullet-hellish blaster, with the neat gimmick of being able to rotate the world to dodge bullets and flank enemies. Available for a while, it’s just made the jump to Steam with the help of Playism, who seem to be the latest publisher cashing in on non-English indie games’ lack of exposure. There’s a demo available from developers Cross Eaglet’s Japanese website. Some thoughts on that and a trailer if you can angle yourself right.

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An Inkling Of Adventure: Octopus City Blues Demo

By Adam Smith on October 20th, 2014.

Octopus City Blues is an adventure game set in a city built around a giant octopus. So far, so weird. The player character sounds about as odd as the setting, as well as containing an apparent nod to fans of the Franz in his name – “Assume the role of Kaf Kafkaryan, a cowardly middle-aged octopus blood junkie and tentacle trimmer”. Plagued by strange dreams, Kaf journeys into Octopus City’s underbelly and uncovers a conspiracy, which looks like it might involve a cast of wretches and bizarre enough to make you cough up your naked lunch. The demo is available now and there are some suggestions as to how it should be played below.

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Crying, Walking, Stabbing, Talking Living Doll: Killing Floor

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

Nope.

I do enjoy how Killing Floor’s monsters look like people in Halloween costumes, the sort of thing one could make with a few hours and some household supplies. Given me a black bodysuit, some tights, cotton wool, pipe cleaners, socks, and wire coat hangers, and I’ll make you a Crawler that’ll win you pity in your office costume contest. Unsurprisingly, Killing Floor gets into Halloween in a big way.

The co-op survival FPS’s annual spooky event launched yesterday, and KF is also part of Steam’s ten-game Free Weekend Weekend, so all and sundry can come fight the horrible, horrible dolls that are murderous and horrible.

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From XCOM To Payday 2: Steam’s Free Weekend Weekend

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

We'll start with XCOM, then move onto Killing Floor, then...

I do miss demos. These Steam free weekends, where the full version of a game is opened up for a few days, do let us really get a feel for a game, but we have to wait for one to come along and then we need time to download and get stuck in. You won’t have time to download or play much of this weekend’s free trials, as Steam is holding a Free Weekend Weekend with a grand eleven games. Payday 2, XCOM, Don’t Starve, Company of Heroes 2, and the other seven are all on sale as well, with discounts from 50-75% off. The first Payday is properly free too.

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Tape To Tape: Small Radios Big Televisions

By John Walker on October 15th, 2014.

Small Radios Big Televisions is described by creator Owen Deery of Fire Face as, “A game about exploring digital places stored in analog media.” I describe it as, “A really pretty weird thing that’s fun to click on.” You can see for yourself in a short demo that runs within your web browser itself.

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Visit Dystopian Manchester In Beyond Flesh And Blood

By Alice O'Connor on October 14th, 2014.

AND IN THE GAME.

Bath, the Georgian crown of England, the enthusiastic voice track on the open-top tour bus barely stopped short of calling it. After official RPS business (a nice big lunch) took me to the UK’s unofficial home of PC games word writing yesterday, our Adam t’up north is the only Rock, Paper, Shotguneer whose manor I haven’t visited. No worries. A demo’s out now for Beyond Flesh and Blood, a shooter set in a dystopian future Manchester. Our kid gave it a look with his beady eye before, recognising a few bits, so I shall be sure to grill him after playing.

“ADAM how long have those warbots been there? ADAM is Manchester always this dirty? ADAM what species of tree is that growing through the office blocks?”

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