Dem-OH! July Round-up

July goes bye-bye as I get another year older and 50+ more demos deep into this crazy undertaking. The first month since this began that I haven’t recorded any demos outside of the streams or written up a preview, but there was still plenty of fun to be had! And although the Stand-Outs may be few, there were a lot of great titles to check out this month, so why not dive a little deeper this time around and see if you don’t find your next big wishlist add!

Stand-Out Demos

(in recording order)

Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara Demo on Steam

Now I realise I’m not exactly the target demographic for this straightforward 3D platformer but man did it send me back. Short colourful stages, bouncy movement, and lots of collectibles to grab along the way. I was instantly transported back to my Playstation and PS2 days, spending afternoons hunting down those last few pesty pick-ups and exploring all sorts of vibrant worlds. It was just… nice. It was calming. Relaxing. And even though I do prefer my games to present me with a decent challenge, sometimes it’s just fun to lean back and let yourself be a kid again. Koa somehow captures that feeling perfectly and I hope it manages to enamor the next generation of wild-eyes adventurers with its charming design, wholesome world, and explosion of simple pleasures.

Anglerfish Demo on Steam

What the hell. This 2D action horror game is the one of the most bizarre titles I’ve played in a while and that seems to be the whole point. With the world changing around you upon each death and each death introducing more darkness to the narrative, Anglerfish will have you constantly tense waiting for the next scare yet eager to move forward and discover even just a drop of what the frick is going on. Armed with just a short-range shotgun and some puzzle-solving prowess, is it even possible to get to the bottom of this blood-hungry nightmare? Somehow simoutaneously comical and creepy, this is one game I just can’t wait to explore more deeply, even if that does likely mean taking on some slight psychological damage.

Dem-OH! Dashes

Streaming continues to be a great way to anchor myself to getting some content out each week and the never-ending list of demos is the perfect thing to keep me in the game – always new and fresh ideas to be discovered and well-worn classic genres to revisit. I encourage everyone to join me in playing things a little bit out of your comfort zone more often.

NOTE: Ratings are basically representative of how much I enjoyed the demo and the likelihood that I’ll come back to the title in the future (or even would liked to have continued playing it right then), with regards to gameplay, quality, and (of course) personal preference to genre, etc. A zero represents that the game is too non-functional to really get a feel for it. It is essentially a non-rating.

No. 1

  1. Vactics (3)
  2. Super Brawl Rush (2)
  3. Vertical Kingdom (2)
  4. Roundguard (3)
  5. Lone Ruin (4)
  6. The Monster Breeder (2)
  7. Isle of Arrows (4)
  8. Hauma (3)
  9. The Redress of Mira (1)

No. 2

  1. Sword Tomb – Kan Yu (2)
  2. The Man Came Around (2)
  3. Impossible Slasher! Hack and Slash (1)
  4. God-Machine – Shogun CyberMetal Arena (2)
  5. The Dead Prince (3)
  6. Cato (3)
  7. Chester’s Revenge (1)
  8. Eat Colors (4)
  9. Feed All Monsters (4)
  10. FunBall 3D (1)
  11. Germinal (3)
  12. Gust of Wind (0)
  13. Koko, the Last Leaf (2)

No. 3

  1. Yurukill: The Calumniation Games (2)
  2. Unders_core (3)

No. 4

  1. Shrine’s Legacy (4)
  2. Sock It (3)
  3. Playhead (4)
  4. Lucky Me (4)
  6. Astronite (2)
  7. Crimzon Clover World EXplosion (2)

No. 5

  1. Adarin Farm (2)
  2. Headspun (2)
  3. icosi-do (2)
  4. The Planet Crafter (4)
  5. Lil’ Horror Stories: The Camp Fire (2)
  6. ASTRAL (1)
  7. Bleeding Abyss (3)
  8. Maze Mart (1)
  9. See You In Desolation? (2)

No. 6

  1. Masterplan Tycoon (3)
  2. Anode Heart (2)
  3. Astral Battlefield / 星界战场 (2)
  4. Spirited Thief (4)
  5. Welcome Back (2)
  6. Windmills (2)
  7. Alchemical INC. (3)
  8. Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara (5)

No. 7

  1. Townseek (2)
  2. RASKOPNIK: The Trench Warrior (1)
  3. Monsters Domain (3)
  4. Death or Glory (4)
  5. Flooded (4)
  6. Alina of the Arena (4)
  7. Anglerfish (5)

No. 8

  1. Island Berry (2)
  2. Star Salvager (4)
  3. Vanaris Tactics (3)
  4. Netherguild (4)
  5. Yoko Redux: Dreams of a Blue Planet (4)
  6. Night Reverie (3)