Mirth Wyrm: Hoard Demo On Steam

Dragons: like angry lizards
Aha! Here is a splendid bit of news to end the/my day with: Hoard, the game in which you play a dragon attempting to gather treasure for his, uh, hoard, has a demo out. Here it is. It looks like a right old knees up, with up to four players competing as to burn villages, kidnaps princesses, and otherwise do fantasy cliché to the kingdom they find themselves in.

Cheers to everyone who pointed this out.

43 Comments

  1. Berious says:

    Any fun solo player?

    • patricij says:

      some sort of campaign would be nice…I, for one, don’t really enjoy coop’ing all that much as well… dl’ing the demo, tho

  2. JuJuCam says:

    Cool, been curious about this since it popped up on Steam.

  3. bluebomberman says:

    bah, demo is PC only…

    • djbriandamage says:

      Fear not; rumour has it The Humble Guys are hacking up an Amiga version as we speak.

    • cjlr says:

      It’s been on PSN for weeks now? And XBLA I assume?

      edit: maybe you mean no Mac support? Meh. Screw macs.

    • Wulf says:

      That always confuses me, because a PC is able to run Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. If a PC starts running Mac OS X, does it suddenly, magically stop being a PC? What’s the reasoning behind that? At least, this is what I gather is meant by ‘PC only,’ which actually means ‘Windows only?’ I’ve seen a few people talk of Windows as PC, and then Mac as something else. Except Mac OS X doesn’t run on PowerPC hardware any more.

    • bluebomberman says:

      @ cljr:

      Such a dignified response. Screw mac screwers!

    • GHudston says:

      You’re on a Mac, man! Make use of apple’s secret weapon and install Windows!

      Voila, best of both worlds! :)

    • bluebomberman says:

      Give me $99 and I’ll buy a copy of Windows. :p

    • cjlr says:

      True, OSX is a PC operating system. So yeah. Screw Apple, I should say. OSX these days has all of the disadvantages of Windows and none of the advantages of Linux, so I’m really not sure why it exists ಠ.ಠ

      You could’ve bought, er, anything but a mac, matched specs, and had much more than $99 to spare.

      Well, but I’ll grant there are some useful programs, mostly media-related… but still!

    • Red_Avatar says:

      Final Cut Pro: tricking Mac users into believing paying more for less is worth it since 1999!
      It’s really the only piece of software that has an edge over Windows unless you count far more obscure ones (and then Windows wins massively anyway) – and it’s pretty funny how many Mac fanatics use it when most Windows users can’t be bothered with creating their own movies. It’s like a Mac user’s way to convince himself he made the right choice.

    • Wulf says:

      Not to mention that the best digital painting program out there is pretty much SAI, bar none. I tend to hang out with creative people, it’s my thing, and more than a couple of them absolutely swear by SAI. It’s better than Photoshop, easier to use, and has so much hidden depth. You can dive in and start using it right away, and then slowly it opens out to you, this is versus the horrible learning curve and rather ugly approach of Photoshop.

      And the kicker? SAI is Windows only.

      I’m not saying this to be nasty to Mac OS X fans, but more to dispel the falsehood that the Mac is the only system out there for media programs. Windows has been overtaking it for quite a while now. I think the only reason to buy a Mac these days is if you enjoy the weird retro-future aesthetic that Apple seems to go for, versus the dieselpunk aesthetic of the cases of Windows computers. I prefer the latter.

    • BigSandwichGames says:

      Mac demo will be out later today or tomorrow at latest! Sorry for the delay, but we’re cranking on it right now!

    • bluebomberman says:

      Excellent, waiting to check out the Mac demo when it’s ready.

  4. Kelron says:

    Seems ok. They should allow multiplayer in demos of multiplayer games, though.

  5. The Army of None says:

    Whelp, that was mildly entertaining against the AI.

  6. Wulf says:

    Woo!! I’ve been waiting for this! Grabbing that demo now. This should please me, since I’ve mentioned that I’d like to play a dragon in videogames more than once before, and this may help to scratch that itch, just a tiny bit.

    • Wulf says:

      Also, on the mad off chance that one of them happens to read RPS, I’d like to say this to the Hoard developers: Thank you for bringing this to Windows.

      I’m not really suited for console gaming any more, consoles and I are becoming more and more incompatible as time goes on, but I’m still fine with gaming on my computer. This pretty much means that I’m going to automatically skip over any titles released on XBLA and PSN, and whilst I’m sad that I’ll never get to play Journey or Limbo due to exclusivity silliness, it’s the way it has to be.

      I really hope Hoard turns out to be enough of a success for you, Big Sandwich, to warrant future Windows development.

  7. Jesse L says:

    Just by the by, Hoard is not available for XBLA.

    Also did I mention I beat GIRP? …Yeah, that’s right. I did. Booyah.

    • Kaira- says:

      GIRP? You mean this GIRP? Because I spent yesterday playing it instead of doing stuff I should’ve been actually doing.

    • Jesse L says:

      That’s the one. I thought I’d be done when I beat it the first time, but no. I still want to play it.

      There’s a video on Youtube of someone beating it in 9 minutes. Once you see their technique the game will magically get easier. In short, press the letter key to start reaching first, THEN tense just for a fraction of a second. The net result is that you can “fire” your hand farther and more accurately. And then you can complete the game without having to jump. As someone in the comments here said yesterday.

      Today’s (14 minute) prize…

      SPOILER SPOILER

      Another box. Not since Bioshock has my mind been so blown as it is blown now. Truly GIRP is the full package. (Full of smaller packages.)

  8. Vanderdecken says:

    Mirth Wyrm Jim. *facepalm* I think it’s time I went to bed.

    • gorgol says:

      Lol’ed.

      But hmm, to add to my list of “To try” or not to add?

    • Wulf says:

      This depends on how hardcore you are. If you can enjoy the odd casual game, the sort of game that isn’t designed around adrenaline and stress, the sort of thing that John apparently likes with his hidden item games and whatnot, then you’ll get a kick out of it. It’s fast, it’s silly, it’s fun, and it’s something you just pick up when you don’t have the time/inclination to play a big, meaty game.

      It really is fun, though, and I can’t wait to play the multiplayer of it. It has the strangest ‘board game’ appeal that I’ve ever seen in a game, without actually being a board game. It’s bizarre and difficult to explain. My recommendation? Try the demo! That way you’ll know whether you like it or not. It’s a tiny download and it’s free. What do you have to lose?

      Really, what I find most to recommend about this is that it honestly is unusual. I suspect that I won’t see anything like this for quite a while again. I enjoy grabbing strange and unique games like this when they pop up. It’s a rarity, an indulgence, and something of a treat between all the grim-faced manshoots and so on.

  9. Jhoosier says:

    Hmm, seems a bit more arcade-y than I was expecting. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I don’t think I’d like it very much.

  10. Kalil says:

    After a slightly cursory search I haven’t been able to find a description of the control system for the PC/Mac version. Could someone give me a quick rundown as Im considering grabbing it for some introductory gaming with the Mrs but am not in a position to invest in controllers for a few months?

    • Archonsod says:

      Standard WASD, mouse to aim and breathe fire or activate powerups, space bar to open the level up menu. Pretty simple.

      Played through the demo, kinda meh. Sort of like a top down version of I of the Dragon, but not quite having the same depth.

    • Wulf says:

      Being the dragon fanatic that I am, I’ve played I of the Dragon, and I thought this was better. Really, IotD is just a hardcore strategy game, of which there are many (many!). This is like… a fun top down action game crossed with a board game. I’ve never really played anything quite like it. There are tactical elements, but they’re more casual rather than hardcore.

      I’ll agree that hardcore strategy fans need not apply here, but… I kind of think it’s better for being so accessible and unashamedly fun. There are loads of strategy games out there, a sea of them, and not enough of this.

    • Kalil says:

      Cheers for the answers guys.

      I had heard that it was a good console game to play with a partner who’s last experience with games was c.Super Nintendo and a wee bit of PvZ but if those are the controls I take it that by co-op it is not sidescreen, i.e. both players on one PC (can’t remember the last PC game I played thatincluded side-screen so perhaps not surprising). Will have to have a look at her laptop specs then.

      Thanks again!

    • Ringwraith says:

      I think the most recent splitscreen PC game would probably be Kane & Lynch 2, as it was a horribly shoody port that simply kept the splitscreen multiplayer from the consoles and din’t bother with a LAN option.

    • Archonsod says:

      “I’ll agree that hardcore strategy fans need not apply here, but… I kind of think it’s better for being so accessible and unashamedly fun. There are loads of strategy games out there, a sea of them, and not enough of this.”

      There’s a whole host of strategy-lite titles out there too :P Yes, it’s fun, but for those of us not interested in multiplayer I’d question how long that fun would last.

  11. Wulf says:

    Well, I like this! I’ve been playing it in short bursts, interspersed with the Darkspore beta and LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars. I like it lots. It’s a coffee break game, something you play in a short amount of time, and it’s exceedingly fun.

    Considering that suddenly I seem to have a Steam list of the sort of games that I actually like installed right now, I’m a very happy and contented Wulf. When did gaming become interesting again? And Portal 2 soon! Then Guild Wars 2! Woo!

  12. innokenti says:

    This is surprisingly good fun for a quick play!

    A worthy replacement/complement to other quick pass-the-time games.

    The multiplayer may be pretty engaging too.

    • Wulf says:

      Yeah! I’ve been having a blast doing the co-op thing with the AI dragon. I really look forward to doing that with another person so that we can correlate our efforts, with one of us concentrating more on armour and carrying, and the other working around a very hit-and-run style of play.

  13. Wulf says:

    Noticed something! On one of my computers here, Hoard performs horribly in fullscreen, but setting it to windowed mode fixes that. Yep, windowed mode fixes the performance issues I have on that computer. So if you’re finding that it’s running a bit too slowly for you, try windowed mode!

  14. arioch says:

    Oh my word… you get to kidnap helpless princesses. Don’t tell Rob Fahey or there will be another sexism aritcle.

    Played this with a few friends today – was a blast! :]

    • Wulf says:

      I’d be very amused if they patched in the option to kidnap the odd prince in response to this, so that we can play equal opportunity dragons. You should do that, Big Sandwich, it would be very entertaining! Make it an option so that people can stick with more traditionalist dragons if they want, rather than being a groovy, trendsetting, prince-kidnapping dragon.

      I can’t believe I just wrote that.

    • Jesse L says:

      This game causes me to kidnap princesses.

    • patricij says:

      The odd prince? Yes please..and you’ll get money for actually NOT returning him + bonus points for preventing him to sing :)

  15. PUKED says:

    It’s like a real time and expanded take on Ancient Trader, pretty good stuff.

  16. vodka and cookies says:

    Bizarrely this isn’t available on PSN Europe (late April they’re saying) so I’m actually going to get to play this first on the PC.

  17. iSoLateD1 says:

    This game is cool, glad I got someone to steam gift me the game in exchange for some team fortress 2 items he collects that I don’t really care about.