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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider demo swings out

We've all seen Lara Croft's origin story a hundred times: bitten by a radioactive tomb, she gained great power and unslakeable bloodthirst, but when her father was killed in an alley by a cursed string of pearls she had herself raided, she realised she had a great responsibility to do errands for the indigenous peoples she's robbing. If you wish to once again discover how…

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Grapple Force Rena swings into stores today with a demo

Some secret spices can make make any game better - FM synth jams, grappling hooks and invoking Treasure's best among them - Grapple Force Rena does all three. Released today, it's primarily the work of Tim Ashley Jenkins and published by GalaxyTrail, the folks behind lovely Sonic-alike Freedom Planet. It's a cute Mega Drive/Genesis-styled platformer with mouse-and-keyboard friendly controls and a grappling hook that can…

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Explore Broken Reality’s weird internet with a demo

The lurid vaporwave hyper-capitalist, pseudo-Japanese nonsense internet of Broken Reality is a deep circle of hell, but a fun place to explore and mess around in. Released today by Dynamic Media Triad along with a free demo, Broken Reality is an exploration adventure set on the intertubes, with tongue firmly in cheek. You thrust your big virtual thumb at things for kudos, slash pop-up ads…

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Take a gentle stroll through Omno’s calming demo world

When I first covered Omno's Kickstarter at the beginning of the month, I was curious whether the exploration puzzle-platformer would feel as good as it looks. Now having tried a playable demo for myself, I'm confident that solo developer Jonas Manke is working on something special here. To get hold of the just-released demo, you'll need to sign up to Studio Inkyfox's mailing list, but I…

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Star Citizen free trial week blasts off

Space, man. Chris Roberts always wanted you to go into space, man. (Intergalactic Christ.) That's why the Wing Commander designer's shiny new space sim Star Citizen has launched a free trial week, inviting all and sundry to poke around and kick the tyres, seeing what they've done with six years of crowdfunding. These days, that includes flying spaceships, running spacemissions, spacemining, pootling around a planet…

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Try the God’s Gift demo and play Pikmin with human lives

Lemmings, Pikmin, and Lovecraftian elder gods is an odd mix, but it somehow works in the demo I just played. God's Gift, by the worryingly named Seventeen Uncles, is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to grow into a full game. It's a platform puzzler with dark intent - as a tentacled servitor to an alien god, you are invincible but the purple-robed human cultists following you are…

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Bloodtroid X? Lore Finder blends platform exploration and eldritch weirdness

Mega Man X, Metroid and Bloodborne are an odd set of inspirations, but from the demo I just played of Lore Finder, a Lovecraft-inspired exploration platformer, they blend surprisingly well. Developed by Kitsune Games and currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Lore Finder is halfway funded after just one day, and backed up with a 'vertical slice' early demo which you can play here. While condensed (compared to…

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Zelda-like Hazelnut Bastille’s huge demo does well on Kickstarter

A good pixelly Zelda-like is always a good way to unwind, and Hazelnut Bastille feels like a very good one indeed. Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the game sailed past initial goals a third of the way in, and is now into stretch goal territory. Developers Aloft Studio can probably attribute most of their crowdfunding success to the game's extensive demo, available here. Rather than slice…

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Football Manager 2019 has a demo and all

"You might go in dreaming of being the next Steve Cotterill, but Football Manager 2019 makes you want to be Pep Guardiola," John Robertson said in our Football Manager 2019 review. And if you don't know what that means, maybe you should play the game's demo. Yup, following the manage 'em up's launch on Friday, demos are available for both full-on Football Manager 2019 and…

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Feature: Your Friday realism ration

The Flare Path: Tankettes Etcetera

Perfect timing! After the Armored Brigade preview code shook the mothballs from my interest in post-WW2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, along comes an unusually corpulent wargame demo absolutely packed with the things*. Lurking in this five-scenario Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 trial are not only modern warfare yeomen like the M1A1, Challenger 2, Leopard 2 and Bradley IFV, but rarely recreated exotics such as the pint-sized…

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Skeletal Dance Party hits the dance-floor today

Deep down, everyone loves a good party and according to Skeletal Dance Party those bones are eager to shake it all night, even if the flesh is unwilling. Released today by Catalope Games and No Studio In Particular, it's an adorably bouncy physics'y spin on the dungeon crawler. Young necromancer Reva is throwing a dungeon dance party for her monster friends and bony pals. Sadly,…

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Hitman gets spooky Halloween murders for new free trial

As Halloween horrors go, a genetically-engineered megamurderer who knows dozens of ways to kill and will wear your clothes to replace you in your everyday life already seems pretty spooky to me. He's a dark one, that Ian Hitman. But to celebrate the season of Goth Christmas, IO Interactive are making him even spookier with new themed contracts for H1tman and treat-not-tricking everyone by making…

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Monochrome maritime mystery Return Of The Obra Dinn sets sail next week

A grand crime at sea might be a tough job to investigate but an insurance agent doesn't give up so easy, according to Return Of The Obra Dinn, next from Lucas Pope - creator of Papers Please. After four and a half years in development, the low-fi mystery adventure is nearly ready. Pope reckons it's just one week and a day from being ship-shape, launching on October…

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Manage an adventuring academy in Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story, out now

I've always had a soft spot for ambitious genre mash-ups, and Agate's Valthirian Arc: Hero School - released today - aims high, asking players to both manage a hero training facility and lead its students in real-time RPG combat. There's campus buildings to be placed, gear to be crafted, students to be nurtured and dragons to be slain all while balancing the books and even…

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Shmup of shmups ZeroRanger shoots for the core, out now with demo

ZeroRanger feels like a lovingly assembled mix-tape featuring the best bits across all of shmup history. Developed by System Erasure and released Friday, it's a vertically scrolling arcade shooter with a striking colour palette, simple control scheme and more knowing nods than a scholars-only metal concert. I spent a bit of yesterday playing it, and while I've not mastered it well enough to call any…

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Tactical backstabber I’m Not A Monster infiltrates under the guise of a free weekend

I'm Not A Monster is mostly about mind-games, sometimes shooting stuff with lasers and best when you're a space-lizard chewing a friend's face off. Developed by Cheerdealers and released yesterday, it's a blend of XCOM-style tactics and parlour games like Werewolf. A crew of heroes try to rescue civilians from SPACE DANGER, but two of them are shapeshifting B-movie reptiles. Below, a launch trailer featuring…

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Projectile vomit for fun and profit in Pig Eat Ball, out now with demo

Unless something can top a flying pig vomiting tennis balls at a tiger-moth (literally a tiger/moth hybrid) with tennis racquets for wings, then Pig Eat Ball is the wildest game you'll see today. The latest from Nathan Fouts of Mommy's Best Games (Serious Sam Double D, Weapon Of Choice) Pig Eat Ball is a deliriously weird arcade puzzle-maze game which feels like it's from a…

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Be expendable in parodic platform RPG Underhero, out now with a demo

A wise man once mused "If only you could talk to the monsters" - in Underhero you can because you are one too, albeit low-level and underpaid. Unfortunately, if you want to get out of a fight (using a charming Paper Mario-inspired combat engine) in this parodic platform RPG hybrid, you'll have to bribe your way past your peers. Life is hard at the bottom…

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Boo! Rusty Lake release Cube Escape: Paradox and short film

I'm calling it: Halloween season starts now. I've just hung a spooky lantern in the hallway and the spooky-ooky Rusty Lake gang today released not only a new altogether kooky adventure game but a live-action short film too. Ghost time is go. Cube Escape: Paradox is out now, offering its first chapter free so we can all try on the shoes of a detective trapped…

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Super Pilot is F-Zero with a level editor and out now in early access

Super Pilot is classic Nintendo racer F-Zero (either X or GX is up for debate) with a level editor, and developers Dopagames don't care to hide that at all. Race around at a thousand miles an hour against dozens of bots, defy gravity, shoot off the track and explode in a cloud of flaming glory, and then build your own tracks to do it again…

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