In the ye old days playable demos were the main way for players to get hold of the latest offerings from your favorite developers, and to have a small idea on what their latest title was going to be like. Looking back at the really good days, some of these demos were found in magazines and you could play them to your heart’s content – creating iconic gaming childhood memories, and back then there was none of this “Open Beta” nonsense. Now, demos in magazines is a memory, but there has been an influx of playable demos that have come across my desk and here is my pick of the bunch.
Projection: First Light
Stepping away from the violence of 9 Monkeys of Shaolin for a brief moment, and moving across to platforming. With Projection: First Light from Shadowplay Studios, Sweaty Chair, and Blowfish Studios.
What made this interesting was the art style which utilises shadow puppets. From the ye olden days, you’re taken through history from its origins from Asia from China, Indonesia, to Turkey, Greece, and finally 19th century England.
The game looks very pretty, but looking good is one thing – playing well is another. The way of controlling the main character Greta is that you also control a source of light that you can manipulate to create solid shadows. Which you can use to get up to higher ledges or block out any dangers, and playing it was fun and a nice change of pace from burning a house down due to spiders or roundhouse kicking pirates.
No real news of a release date, but it will be coming on PC and consoles.
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