Posts Tagged ‘demo’

NITE Team 4 Is A Hacking Sim With A Demo

Panic ensued in Castle Shotgun when a press release arrived quite unlike like the others. “I work for Alice & Smith, developers of The Black Watchmen Alternate Reality Game.” Alice! Our Alice? And Smith! But which Smith? An ARG? Suddenly, distrust filled the room. The tension was palpable. You could taste it in the tea.

Alice & Smith went on to present NITE Team 4 [official site], a hacking game set in the same universe as their ARG. It has a free public demo, but who could be trusted to report the truth? Who would be ready to betray their friends, in case the truth demanded it? Alice and both Smiths denied any involvement. Of course they would. That’s what guilty people do. After a heated discussion, they agreed to let an outsider investigate. That’s where I come in. Except someone stopped me in my tracks, just when I was starting to have some fun. We may never know the truth.

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Black Closet Dev Releases A Little Lily Princess

A childhood in the hands of Hanako Games can be filled with love and joy, but is always perilous. Long Live the Queen can make decisions like avoiding PE class into deadly mistakes, and procedural detective procedural Black Closet exposes teens to something far more vicious – a private girls’ school. Hanako’s latest, A Little Lily Princess [official site], sends a spoiled girl to boarding school and maybe this time it’s fine. You can make friends and study and whatnot, and that sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’m sure this picture of a scullery maid hanging from a roof simply shows a jovial prank.

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Niche: A Genetics Survival Game

Apparently we have evolved fire. NBD.

I’ve just been pottering with the Niche [official site] demo. It’s a hex tile evolution/genetics game which piqued my interest a while ago and then I forgot about it because of post-GDC backlog and so on. Then an email arrived to tell me that the game developers had “made great progress. We recently implemented procedural islands to game, added lots of new genes and came up with a system for incest.”

I… what? That sentence was one I read while jetlagged and confused so I starred the email to come back to and make sense of on the right timezone.

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Survive The Mayan Doomsday In Lonely Star Demo

Remember all that Doomsday chat a few years back? You know, when we were told the Mayan calendar had predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012 and we were all basically screwed as hell would almost probably take over earth? The fact that you’re reading this now means we can take comfort in the fact that it didn’t actually happen. However, Lonely Star [official site] is a 2D ARPG survival ‘em up that imagines it did. You’re dropped into the action just prior to the expected cataclysmic event where it seems like you’ve joined a cult.

What could possibly go wrong between now and the end of the world as we know it? If you like, you can find out now in Lonely Star’s new demo.

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King’s Quest Episode 1 Is Now Free

A new King’s Quest [official site] was one of the first projects Activision announced after hauling the hide of Sierra Entertainment off their trophy wall and wrapping it around one of their colossal Actifingers, bringing back one of the shut-down publisher’s touchstones. With the series’ creators and makers long gone, the new episodic King’s Quest was made by P.B. Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen. Three episodes are out so far, and now the first episode is free for everyone to try. Our John did not like it, but are you curious to see for yourself?

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Star Wars Battlefront Free Trial Blasts Off

I only just found out May the 4th was a special day for Star Wars: the 40th anniversary of that fateful day George Lucas was struck with inspiration for a space-hairdresser made of LEGO. Sat beneath a starfruit tree, Lucas was knocked in the noggin by a falling fruit then leapt to his feet shrieking “Death to stars!” The rest is history.

That’s why Titanfall devs Respawn announced they’re making a Star Wars game, why Alec declared some other Star Wars game was blah, and why DICE’s third-person shooter Star Wars Battlefront [official site] now has a free timed trial.

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Adventure Game Kathy Rain Released With Demo

Kathy Rain [official site], a point-and-click adventure game about a journalism student in 1995 investigating her grandfather’s mysterious death, launched today. John was pleased by the slice he played last month, and now it has a public demo so everyone can give it a go first. Here, look, the launch trailer explains more about the scrapes Kathy will get into after rolling back into her hometown on her motorbike:

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