For some reason this has been kept very quiet but a rather fantastic selection of indie game demos are now available on Steam. They’re actually the winners of the Level Up 2011 Game Demo competition, so if you’re an indie developer it’s worth checking them out to see what an ‘award winning’ demo looks like.
For us players, well, we have a a number of games to look through – some of which our staff have actually been itching to play for a while. We won’t name them as we’d prefer you to check them all out and find worth in each one. These winners get an array of cash prizes, aside from being included on Steam, ranging from $1,000 all the way up to $10,000.
Here’s the full uninterrupted list with links direct to the Steam page where you can grab the download. Enjoy!
“Beatbuddy is what we consider the first music action-adventure. Being in control of the music creature Beatbuddy you work your way through a song and bring back the music. Since all the multi tracks of each song are translated in interactive game mechanics you’re able to experience music in a different way.”
“ThunderWheels is a racing game with a classic top-down perspective plus third and first person view, realistic physics and really fun circuits!
It has a very powerful WYSIWYG Terrain Editor and advanced physics. You can create all the tracks you want, edit your vehicle physics, play against AI or make a competition with you friends (up to four players in one PC!).”
“Stone cold fear washes over you on this nerve-racking escape from the Blackwell’s Island Women’s asylum. Your heart pounds feverishly from the sedatives forced upon you, your sight fails from exhaustion. As a young woman under narcotic effects, there’s no other options but hiding and sneaking past the wardens patrolling this daunting place. Have you got the nerve to live through this humane horror?”
“The White Laboratory, created by Tao, is a sandbox style tower defense game about reusing the onslaught of shaped geometric blocks in an abstract world. It explores shapes and combinations for making modular defense towers, whose material are obtained from dead bodied of the enemies. In the laboratory, you will experiment with permutations and survive the invasion just out of those block pieces, no tricky level upgrades.”
“MilitAnt is a side-scrolling, platform, shooter game developed by Xibalba Studios in which the player, as a lone soldier ant, must defend your home colony from an all-out invasion by the other bug nations.”
“Atooms to Moolecule is a chemistry based puzzle game. Explore the lab to see how Atooms changes into Moolecules.”
“Two Televisions, Signal and Static, fight to escape the recycling centre. Using a wide array of guns to solve unique puzzles in this platformer.”
“In Imagine Earth it’s up to you to master it! Your expanding cities are a puzzle of growing needs like energy, food, goods and not least money. The aim is to grow big and by the way secure supply while minimizing the air and soil pollution.”
“Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level (“strand”) consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves (“splices”). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other.”
You can see the full list once again over on Steam by following this link.