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Posts tagged “demo”

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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Heavy Rain demo pours onto PC [update: and it’s back]

Quantic Dream are making good on their threats, today releasing a demo of Heavy Rain ahead of its PC launch in June. Heavy Rain is arguably the least awful of their recent quicktime event thrillers, telling the branching and intersecting stories of people hunting for a serial killer. The start is pants and it completely stacks the ending but the middle has some interesting bits,…

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Signs Of The Sojourner turns dialogue into a deck-building demo

I've seen a lot of dialogue systems in games. Some with dice-rolls, some with obscure glyphs, but none quite like Signs Of The Sojourner, which transforms conversation into a deck-building puzzle. Just announced by Echodog Games and aiming to release later this year, they've just released a playable alpha demo, available via their Discord channel to gather feedback. It's a story about leaving home in the…

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Peek at Heaven’s Vault in its free demo

"Do the rivers unite us, or do they divide us?" I've translated my way through a good chunk of Heaven's Vault, and I keep coming back to that question. I found the relevant statement on an urn, I think, amidst some ruins on the bank of a celestial river. My grasp on the ancient language has lent me confidence about every word, except the most…

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Soulash makes ASCII easy in this new roguelike demo

When I first tried playing the demo for Soulash, an upcoming roguelike by Wizards Of The Code, I thought the controls were broken. I'd hit the key to move up, and my character would hop to the side. Turns out I'm just an idiot, and this is a roguelike where facing matters. WASD controls hop you around, Q and E turn your abstract character, and…

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Spark The Electric Jester 2 speeds towards a May 16th launch

Horrible Sonic teeth got you feeling blue? Maybe some yellow will help you feel more mellow if you like your 3D platformers hitting the redline. Spark The Electric Jester 2 now has a store page, and a closer release date than I was expecting - May 16th, less than two weeks off. Produced by solo dev Feperd Games, it's the Sonic Adventure-esque 3D sequel to…

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Rise Of Industry ships out of early access

Money clearly doesn't make the world go round, because industrial tycoon game Rise Of Industry is made entirely out of chunky, angular polygons. Developed by Dapper Penguin Games and launching out of early access today after four years in production. It's a game all about supply chains and keeping production up to match demand, like a more zoomed-in Anno game. Instead of building cities, those…

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Assault Android Cactus switches to a plus-sized campaign

The Switch's rise continues to be a boon to us PC folks. Yesterday, our version of my favouritest twin-stick shooter, Assault Android Cactus, got all the upgrades from its recent Switch debut, free. Now titled Assault Android Cactus+, devs Witch Beam have bulked it up with a bundle of new features, including Campaign+ mode, a second loop through the game's story mode. Daring players can…

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Star Citizen trial week shows off spaceladies and new spacecity

Shiny spaceship simulator Star Citizen today launched yet another 'Free Fly' trial event, inviting all and sundry to check out the female character option and planet-spanning megacity added in Alpha 3.5 in April. The free trial will run for one week. I'll have a go of that, sure, I'm a sucker for character creators and sci-fi cities. I'll probably just spend ages wandering the corridors…

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Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark finally, fantastically and tactically exits early acccess

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark may not be the greatest strategy RPG in the world (I've not played enough make that call), but developers 6 Eyes Studio have produced a fine tribute. Leaving early access today after an active year of tweaking, tuning and adding new missions, it's a strategy RPG in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics, probably my favourite game in its genre. That…

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Backbone: Prologue is a free and classy bit of animal detective adventure

Let's get this out of the way: Backbone is furry as all heck. Now I've said it, we can move on. From what I've played of its free demo, released tonight, it's also a well-written and gorgeously illustrated noir detective adventure, developed by EggNut. Set in an alternate Earth where the people are anthropomorphic animals, Howard Lotor is a raccoon P.I., on the trail of…

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