Styx: Shards of Darkness demo sneaks out

Fantasy stealth game Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] has released a free demo, letting all and sundry try sneaking around as a little goblin with gross magic powers. Our Alec’s review in March was not fond of Styx himself, the unfunny protagonist, but he did say that “The stealth game underneath this miserable skin is solid.” That’s got to be worth a crack, especially as the full game is on sale now too.

The Styx: Shards of Darkness demo is a 3.8GB download from Steam (look for the Download Demo button on the right) and contains the game’s tutorial level. You’ll learn the ins and outs of being a goblin assassin: sneaking, hiding, climbing, stealing, and stabbing.

Some more of Alec’s words:

“Personally, I prefer the option for improv more than I do fealty to pure hide-or-die stealth, but it’s clear that this has put the work into making its sneaking work. Though generally saddled with a muddy aesthetic, it makes a reasonable fist of varied environments and scattering optional, harder sub-goals across them. It’ll keep you busy and, particularly if you’re playing non-lethal, demands careful planning and thought.”

If you dig the demo, hey, Styx is on sale right now for keepsies. A 40% discount on Steam brings it down to £20.99/23,99€/$23.99 until Monday.


  1. StAUG says:

    What’s a demo?

  2. fuggles says:

    The giant bomb quicklook of this was funny and very unflattering

  3. poliovaccine says:

    I’m probably about the biggest sucker for any kind of even remotely stealth-related game, and even I cant believe this idiotic character got a sequel.

  4. racccoon says:

    DEMO’S DEMO’S DEMO’S We need them back!
    cheers for this one anyway :)

  5. Fabio Silva says:

    The sequel is not really very different from the original game, so if you didn’t enjoy that one you should stay clear. It looks better and has crafting but it plays pretty much the same. I also found the levels to be less challenging (it took me 40 hours to 100% the first game and 30 hours for the sequel). Since I immensely enjoy these kind of stealth games, whatever their issues (I even played DARK all the way through), I did get more than my money’s worth with Styx.