Posts Tagged ‘demo’

Of Fantasia And The Black Cauldron: Tsioque

I’ve mentioned Fantasia and The Black Cauldron above because there’s something about the combination of dark fantasy and slapstick animation in Tsioque that brought them both to mind. Admittedly, I haven’t seen The Black Cauldron for years and looking at a few screengrabs has convinced me that it might not be quite the film I thought it was, but I’m sticking to my guns here. There’s something of Bluth in Tsioque as well.

Whatever the merits of my references, Tsioque [official site] looks like a delicious slice of fantasy, starring a young girl in a dark castle. You can play a demo right now or read on for more information.

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Better Late Than Never: Dying Light Demo Released

Have you played Dying Light [official site]? Techland’s follow-up to Dead Island is pretty good fun, says our Adam. You run and jump and parkour around an open world, killing zombies with guns and fancy knives. If that’s your sort of bag, hey, you might fancy playing its demo, which has finally launched on Steam – eight months after the game’s initial release.

If you have played Dying Light, you might fancy watching 15 minutes of gameplay from its upcoming expansion The Following, which adds a new area and vehicles.

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A Steal: Payday 2 Free To Play All Weekend

Crime doesn't pay, so don't pay for crime.

Crime doesn’t pay, They say, so why should you pay for crime? This weekend, you can explore both sides of that as the full version of heisting FPS Payday 2 [official site] is once again free for everyone to try. Until 1pm PST (9pm UK time) on Sunday, y’all can join your pals to rob banks, malls, warehouses, night clubs, and other places money likes to hang out if you head on over to Steam.

The game’s on sale all weekend too, with a hearty 75% discount.

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Duff Up And Derobe Otaku Vampires In Akiba’s Trip Demo


You probably already know whether you want to buy an RPG where a boy runs around Tokyo’s otaku zone Akihabara killing vampires by beating them up until their clothes fall off and they evaporate. Ask yourself: “Do I want buy an RPG where a boy runs around Tokyo’s otaku zone Akihabara killing vampires by beating them up until their clothes fall off and they evaporate?”

For me, the answer is “Nnno probably not? But… maybe I would like to at least see it.” Good news, Alice: Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed [official site] now has a demo on PC.

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Satellite Rush Demo Is For The ’80s TV Generation

I have these memories of a movie called Arena; Paul Satterfield, a guy who fellow late-night TV viewers should know best for his role in the’80s masterpiece Creepshow 2, becomes a competitor in an intergalactic boxing sport in the year 4,000. It’s a classic story: a space station short order cook beats the odds and is revealed to be Earth’s greatest warrior.

It’s the sort of bolshy space fantasy that can only work in two formats: weird ’80s movies relegated to the Netfix afterlife and video games. Satellite Rush [official site] is in many ways the long-lost twin of Arena. It’s a roguelike shooter where you play a normal schlub and alien abductee who is at the center of an alien sport where the aim is simply to get to the other side of the corridor. Players get thrown items to assist them, with the added option of dedicating Boss victories to alien sponsors for power-ups.

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So Far, So Good – Airscape: The Fall Of Gravity

Aw man, this is one of the best physics games I’ve seen, if only half-glimpsed in trailer form. And O the things these crusty, jaded eyes have had to clock their gaze on. A game in which gravity is so changeable I legitimately don’t understand what is going on. That’s Airscape: The Fall of Gravity [official site].

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Ooh, Tanks! Tokyo Warfare’s Free Multiplayer Prototype

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' - remember that man with a hat, aye?

Tanks rolling through the streets of Tokyo, big seats with wheels and pedals, polygonal 3D graphics (three dimensions! three!), big bassy booms, and networked multiplayer left early teen me fascinated by Namco’s Tokyo Wars in arcades. I only ever had the money to play it twice (we were a penny falls family), but it’s stayed in my mind all along. I like games doing unlikely things in otherwise-serene modern cities. Well, today’s my lucky day, as folks are making a game which looks awfully similar.

Tokyo Warfare [official site] is an arcadey tank battler rolling through the streets of Tokyo, and has a free work-in-progress version you can download and play today.

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10 Minute Barbarian Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

Some people say that Hemingway’s short poem “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is great because of the enormous size of a story it hints at in such minimalist prose but I think we all know it’s actually good because it’s really, really fast. In this mile-a-minute world of vines and GIFs I just don’t have time for anything that requires more than seven seconds of recollection.

Enter 10 Minute Barbarian [official site], which is exactly what it should be.

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GhostBuskers: Audio Horror Game Sylvio Has a Demo

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. It’s a quiet game, set in an abandoned park where the sky runs red, and you’ll spend the majority of the playing time straining to hear voices in the static. Sylvio, you see, is a game about electric voice phenomena and its central scares are based around a tape deck, on which recordings made in the field can be played at various speeds, reversed and analysed. I’ve raved about the game at length and now there’s a demo available for you to try.

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Nuts, Bolts, Wheels, Guns: Scraps Is Out Now

After three years in development, vehicle construction and combat game Scraps has entered Early Access. The initial response seems positive (Steam literally says “User reviews: positive”) and that’s understandable: Scraps [official site] allows you to build vehicles that are more or less made out of cannons, and when those cannons fire, the recoil is liable to cause all manner of physics-driven shenanigans. The video below shows a variety of vehicle types, and the final shot demonstrates that spherical cars are the only thing better than galley-shaped cars.

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