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Posts tagged “demo”

Experience the first symptoms of Pathologic 2’s new demo

Fancy a little taste of surreal plague-ridden hell? Well, even if you don't, you should give the new Pathologic 2 demo a spin, because it's a dreamlike experience. Despite the number in the title, Pathologic 2 is more like a complete re-imagining of the original survival adventure. It's been delayed and possibly split into three releases, but developers Ice-Pick Lodge are in the final stretch…

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Little Misfortune demo is delightfully dark

Call me a masochist, but I'm a sucker for a depressing story - especially one that comes in a deceptively adorable package. Developers Killmonday Games cater to weirdos like me with their beautifully creepy stories, first with the Alice-in-Wonderlandesque Fran Bow and now with their latest game, Little Misfortune. Its demo launched on Steam and Itch.io today, a short tale of growing up, hell, and glitter.

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Forager escapes into stores to mine wallets today

After half an hour with Forager, I can already feel its compulsion loops getting their hooks into my brain. Developed by HopFrog and released today, it's a cute single-player game about a little pixel-person mining and crafting and looting in perpetuity, continually escalating spirals of numbers, equipment and levels. There's land to buy (full of resources), dungeons to delve (full of gold to buy land)…

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Annwn: The Otherworld is The Sentinel with Celtic ghosts and a demo

While it has technically been floating around Itch for a while, I've been sadly ignorant of Annwn: The Otherworld until its Steam release last night. Quantum Soul have produced a spooky Celtic take on intense 1986 stealth-puzzler The Sentinel, a formula that (from my noodling around with its demo) still holds up after thirty-three years. Players control a spirit in the underworld, unable to move,…

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Bam! Bif! Pow! One Finger Death Punch 2 out now

Flex those fingers, crack those knuckles, and take a deep breath: One Finger Death Punch 2 is out now and it will put your body, mind, and keyboard to the test. The side-on brawler from Silver Dollar Games is deceptively simple, with a stream of baddies charging towards you, one button to attack to your stickman's left, and another to strike to the right. Then…

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Call Of Duty drops into Blackout free trial month

Blackout, the battle royale mode of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, is free for all and sundry to play from today until the end of April. Get a Battle.net account, download it, and away you go, dropping down into the trees and hills to hike and loot and shoot. Blopout is also getting a second map, set on the prison island of Alcatraz, though…

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Line ’em up, knock ’em down in cube puzzler Moncage

There’s something about a virtual diorama that just makes you want to get stuck in to spinning it around and peering into all of its corners. Luckily, that’s exactly what Moncage wants you to do, and by lining things up just so you can influence the subtle machinations within. You can see it in action below, though it gives away some of the puzzles so…

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XCOM 2 is free this weekend (and DLC discounts a-go-go too)

Standard-issue XCOM 2 is probably my least-favourite of the four different flavours of XCOM now available to us (i.e. including the Enemy Within and War Of The Chosen expansions), but that's a bit like saying I don't enjoy 29 degrees of heat quite as much as 26, 27 and 28 degrees. They're all great! Make it like that all the time, please. Only, y'know, without…

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Dead Or Alive 6 puts four fighters in the ring for free today

Dead Or Alive 6 is the latest fighting game to offer a cut-down free-to-play version on PC - a big demo, if you will. Koei Tecmo launched the full game two weeks ago, but today's Core Fighters edition of DOA6 gives players access to four characters - Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego and Bass - and several play modes, including the DOA Quest mode and the character-customising…

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT limit breaks onto PC with a free version

Crossover fighter Dissidia Final Fantasy NT isn't one I ever expected to see on PC, so debuting with a free trial edition makes sense. Originally launched into Japanese arcades and developed by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, Dissidia NT is a messy online six-way team brawler. Players bounce, fly and clamber around large, open arenas trying to whittle down each other's stats until one party of…

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Seven: The Days Long Gone returns with an Enhanced Edition this month

Stealthy sci-fi action RPG Seven: The Days Long Gone was one of the more curious games of 2017. An unusual blend of genres and some slightly patchy design had our man Alec internally debating whether it was rubbish or brilliant, but skewing towards greatness. The folks at Fool's Theory and IMGN.PRO have apparently been hammering away at the game ever since launch, getting it tuned…

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Try the Jack Move demo and do cybers at some punks

There's something adorable about how literally the Jack Move demo commits to its cyberpunk setting. Right off the bat, you've got yourself some punks of the '80s green mohawked, chain-slinging variety, and you can do cyber things at them with electricity and computer viruses. I'm not entirely sure what the game's own rationale for all of this working is, but I dig the synth soundtrack,…

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Space Engineers launches out of early access with a free weekend

I've always admired how Space Engineers stuck to its guns - while it may have added a couple small scripted scenarios, it's still just a game about building, with no overarching plot. Even as it exits early access today and launches in full, Keen Software's game about being an astronaut engineer remains a true sandbox. Players bodge together improvised spacecraft (optionally with friends) and make…

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Mutant Year Zero now has a demo, plus a challenge mode

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, engages in turn-based tactical combat like a duck, and is free to look at like a duck, it must be a demo for Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden. All and sundry are now invited to try out 2018's delightful tactics 'em up for free, sneaking and shooting through the post-apocalyptic wasteland full of mutants…

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Hitman 2 demo hits the beach for moonlit murder

A wee free demo for Hitman 2 is out now, inviting all would-be slapheads to sneak around the game's first campaign mission and try murder. This 'Starter Pack' demo contains Hawke's Bay, a beach house level serving as the game's prologue and tutorial, with all its challenges and unlocks and such. Today also brings an update which, most importantly, reduces the amazing psychic ability of…

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Lord Winklebottom Investigates sticks its neck (and demo) out for crowdfunding

Frog Detectives? Pah, amateurs. We all know that the most respected of all animal sleuths is the humble (if very tall and glad you noticed) Giraffe Investigator. Lord Winklebottom Investigates is an amusingly daft point and click adventure, as British as it is zoological. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was a giraffe (and not just thinking he was after an opium bender), and Watson was a…

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Faith: Chapter 2 and its prologue demo are out now

Faith was a game I found hard to play without expecting blood to start leaking out of the corners of my monitor, and now its second chapter is haunting my hard drive. Developed by Airdorf, Faith is styled like an early microcomputer game, replete with harsh digitised voice clips. It's a (mostly) narrative-driven horror adventure about a priest returning to a house once thought exorcised.…

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Devil Engine thunders forcefully into stores with demo

I've always had an easier time playing 'bullet hell' shooters than more old-school ones like Devil Engine, which launched today. Enemies in those old shmups were positively ornery in their aggression, constantly pressuring the player with unpredictable mix-up attacks. Among the best of that late 16-bit era of shooting was Technosoft's Thunder Force series. Protoculture Games's debut feels like a proud tribute to those twitchy…

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Trials Rising rides into a free open beta weekend today

Trials Rising launches next Tuesday, February 26th, but anyone interested can take it for a free spin right now - Ubisoft are running an open beta running until just before launch. The latest in Redlynx's long-running series of twitchy, technical platformers disguised as bike-racing games, this one feels a little bit more competitive than the sci-fi themed Trials Fusion. Still, under the hood it's the…

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Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands kicks off crowdfunding with a demo

Ian is a buff skellington who likes fishing and music - he can play a mean bass. Yes, you can see the pun coming a mile off, but it still works. Dan Martin's webcomic turned daft RPG, Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands is the story of Ian and his pals Faye and Briff. They meander around a very silly world, kicking open doors and battling…

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