Dem-OH! June Round-up
The latest Round-Up there ever was…
Sorry for the delay, it has been a busy season of travelling/working and July is absolutely PACKED with events and birthdays (including my own!)
June was a fantastic month for demos with three completely disparate genres claiming the Stand-Out awards and a ton of other close calls across the board! A big thanks to the #NextFest, as usual, for raining so many incredible new games upon us this sweaty season but I personally can’t wait for the air to cool once again so we can wrap up with a blanket and some tea to really get some cozy gaming sessions in – lord knows I need them!
(in recording order)
Amnesia: The Bunker – Demo on Steam
This game was conjured by devils – true masters of horror design. It also turned out to be releasing the very day I played the demo and so Dom already has a review up! I’m being dead serious when I say everything in this game was hand-crafted to unease the player and create a deep threatening tension. Built around a singular area this time, one that you’ll grow familiar with as you play, means you’ll be travelling out from your hovel in small bursts of terrifying exploration and returning with a little more information about where you are, what you need to accomplish next, and what the hell is out there. Each time, hopefully, bringing back resources for healing, evading the nightmarish ancient beast that hides within the walls, and, most importanty, fuel for the lights. That’s right, if just the giant evil monster you’re stuck with isn’t scary enough, you’re also on a timer for the power. I mean, you could go out without the lights on but then you’d be completely at the mercy of the creature and the only meager source of light you’d have is the loudest crank torch you can imagine, turning your only hope into a dinner bell for whatever is out there. It’s fascinating how much I could write about The Bunker here after having only played the demo, but most everything is brimming with horror design insight – a must-try for those without heart problems.
- Backpack Battles (4)
- Typing Tempo (2)
- Blade Prince Academy (4)
- THE MULLER-POWELL PRINCIPLE (3)
- Presences: Dark Awakening (2)
- Alone in the Dark Prologue (2)
- Amnesia: The Bunker (5)