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Eve: Aether Wars invites pilots to next month’s 10,000 player dogfight

Whew, hard to believe it, but this will be my last news post for RPS for the foreseeable future. Fitting, then, that it's about going large and loud and blotting out the heavens themselves with explosions. Eve: Aether Wars is a collaborative tech demo/stress test run by Eve Online developers CCP and cloud networking techies Hadean, researching new ways to cram even more players onto…

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Where The Water Tastes Like Wine spins some Chinese American yarns

Dim Bulb's quiet and contemplative story tell 'em up Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is still out there, trudging down America's dusty depression-era roads, collecting and telling stories. Today, it has a few new ones to tell. Today's Gold Mountain Update adds an official Chinese localisation, produced by a crew of dedicated Chinese-speaking fans led by one Ryan Zhang. More importantly for English-speakers, it…

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Jupiter Hell summons players for a weekend demo

Let's not beat around the bush; Jupiter Hell is a spiritual sequel to Doom: The Roguelike, aka DoomRL (aka DRL post-lawyering), and that's plenty of reason to play it. You can try it out right now, though the gates of hell will snap shut again at 6pm BST on Monday, July 8th. If you want to shotgun some demons in tactical, turn-based fashion, there's just one…

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Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle expands into the third season today

While the manga may have fallen down a dark and nationalist hole, Attack On Titan's escalating human-on-giant war makes for some fun games. Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle is a re-release of Omega Force's Attack On Titan 2, bundled with a new expansion covering everything in the anime series so far, adding some interesting new modes besides. If you already have Attack On Titan 2,…

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Ode To A Moon’s free demo is uncannily psychedelic

I'm not rad keen on the word psychedelic. It means too many different things to too many different people. One person might deploy the word as hip shorthand for "unsettlingly colourful", and another might think you're talking about a profound substance-induced journey into the inner machinations of the soul. Both of these imaginary people are being silly. That needed saying, because the free ten-minute demo…

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The Fromto demo is a lot of scribbly, messy party platformer fun

Scribbly party puzzle platformer Fromto isn't out until later this year, but its dad-and-his-kids dev team just rolled out a demo on Steam to test your friendships. Reminding me of anarchic platformer Transformice (although Studio Erikson cite Ultimate Chicken Horse, Worms and Trackmania as inspirations), it's a local or online multiplayer platform racer. Drive your bouncy car around a 2D maze, hit checkpoints, then to…

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Daedalus: The Awakening Of Golden Jazz stakes out a demo before launch next week

Detective adventure Alternate Jake Hunter: Daedalus - The Awakening of Golden Jazz (to use its headline-bloating full title) makes the leap to PC next week, but investigative sorts can sleuth around its free demo today. Prequel to Neilo's long-running Jake Hunter series (known as Detective Saburo Jinguji in Japan), it's a conversation-heavy point and click mystery. Released on consoles late last year, the PC version arrives on…

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Meet angsty Ellen Page and her spooky ghostpal in the Beyond: Two Souls demo

Following the PC debut of Heavy Rain earlier this week, developers Quantic Dream are now offering a demo slice of their next former-PlayStation-exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls. This is the one where Ellen Page plays a teenager with a spooky ghostpal that gets her into all sorts of scrapes, not to mention a wacky government programme overseen by the Green Goblin himself, Willem Dafoe. The one…

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PuzzleTales is a choose-your-own-brainteaser browser adventure with a demo

Maybe it's John Walker's lingering influence, but I've been on a bit of a puzzle bender, and PuzzleTales scratches that itch nicely. Part sci-fi short story, part traditional puzzle-book with a little bit of branching game-book to it if you're smart enough to figure out alternate solutions. The brainchild of author Lavie Tidhar and puzzle-smith Jake Olefsky, it's perhaps more videogame-adjacent than anything with bleeps…

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Totally Reliable Delivery Service wobbles awkwardly into open beta

The humble fetch quest - mindless fodder for an MMORPG hero, but a terrifying ordeal for the wobbly balloon people of Totally Reliable Delivery Service. While playable solo or in split-screen for up to four, We're Five Games want to test the networking for their flailing comedy deliver 'em up. That's good for us, as it means we can all try it free. Starting today…

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Soulash aims for world domination with its first paid alpha

Soulash, by Wizards Of The Code, made a great first impression when its first demo version landed last month, with a fresh set of ideas under its chunky ASCII art. Now the villainous survival roguelike (although it bends the definition a little by not having randomly generated maps) has a paid version, an updated demo (free on Itch), and a much larger world to explore.…

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Try the Children Of Morta demo before it vanishes on Saturday

It wasn't until I tried Dead Mage's action roguelite Children Of Morta myself that I understood what John Walker said about it last year - that its pixels are brimming with animated charm. You can try it for yourself, too, and should probably do so quickly, as the demo available now on Steam is only going to be up for grabs for 72 hours. It's…

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Dreamscaper invites everyone to its oneiric open alpha

Roguelite action-RPGs these days are common enough, but few are as easy on the eyes as Dreamscaper. Set inside a frosted, autumnal world of memory fragments, players fight abstract monsters by night using a mixture of melee and ranged weaponry. When it all goes wrong and you take too many hits, you wake up, and spend points earned on more weapons, gear, or even comic-book superpowers…

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Mega Man Zero-inspired Gigabuster hits Kickstarter, and you can play a demo right now

Gigabuster is a shooty splosion-filled sidescroller inspired by Megamen both X and Zero that pits you and a pair of big boots against the faces of corporate CEOs. Best of all, you don't even have to listen to a CEO talk about it awkwardly for thirty minutes, because there's a demo available right now. Stick on some spandex and somersault yourself in front of the trailer…

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Cris Tales clocks in with a timely free demo

Among the storm of announcements at E3's PC Gaming Show, Cris Tales stood out because it's a JRPG that looked and sounded like an interactive cartoon, with a clever time-travel twist. Perhaps developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK are aiming more at the Sailor Moon and She-Ra crowd than I, but even I can appreciate that Sailor Uranus will forever be the best. After playing the…

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SkateBird flies onto Kickstarter and hatches a demo for skateboarding bird lovers

The developers behind Spartan Fist and Hot Tin Roof are back with a new game: SkateBird. I played a little bit of it earlier this year at PAX East, and was delighted by its can-do optimism and low-fi "birb-hop" soundtrack. Now, this rather lovely skating game about a tiny bird trying their best is fluttering over to Kickstarter to help kick-flip it towards a final…

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Ubisoft’s Roller Champions skates into a public test

Among their lineup of grim games about gruff men with guns, Ubisoft dropped a little bit of joy during their big E3 show: Roller Champions, available to play now in pre-alpha demo form. It's an online three-on-three full-contact mutation of Roller Derby, mixed in with a little basketball. High-speed dunks and brutal tackles make it a sport that only lunatics would play in real life,…

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Small Saga makes a big impression with its demo

If you have half an hour free, I implore you to try the Small Saga demo. Essentially, it's The Deptford Mice: The JRPG, complete with the snappy writing, grim violence and wondrous sense of scale I remember from Robin Jarvis' child-traumatising novels. It's developed by Jeremy Noghani, previous of brillo French Revolutionary lawyer-em-up Aviary Attorney, and he's aiming to fund the remainder of development via Kickstarter, asking…

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BitSummit 7 Spirits and its treasure trove of trailers

Post-human martial arts, Paper Mario with bugs, hacking and slashing through Celtic myth and dogfights against gigantic anime sky-fortresses, oh my! We're a week and change from E3, but that's where all the big-budget safe-bet games are going. If you're after something a little more out there, BitSummit 2019: 7 Spirits is where you should be looking. Opening tomorrow in Kyoto, Japan, it's an eastern-focused…

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Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom bounds PC-wards with a demo

Charming Wonder Boy spiritual successor Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom did well for itself on consoles, and now us PC folks can play a free slice of it (with saves transferrable to the final game) while we wait for the full release. Developed by Game Atelier, what it lacks in official Wonder Boy branding, it makes up for in original series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa being involved…

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