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ID@Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event – Day 1 Impressions

The ID@Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event is running from July 21st through the 27th. It features 70+ E3 style show floor demos which are available to download for free on the Xbox One console family.

Here are our thoughts on a few of the titles. Check back in daily as we post more impressions.

Destroy All Humans

A remake of the 2005 original is first up. It releases July 28th on console and PC. With the retail release only a week away this demo is highly polished and One X enhanced running at 4k resolution and 60 frames per second. It is a beat for beat remake of the 2005 original with the original voice acting and gameplay. If you liked it then you’ll enjoy it now with a fresh coat of paint.

CrisTales

A love letter to JRPGs. Releasing on November 17th, 2020 the demo is polished, showcasing some beautiful 2d art. You are placed into a combat situation with no leveling systems enabled, and offense and defense work on a timing system of pressing the correct button at the moment of attack to either get a 2nd attack in or to attempt a block.  A perfectly timed block will result in a parry which can negate all incoming damage. Overall this one showed great promise if you’re a fan of the genre and is worth keeping an eye on.

Welcome to Elk

The short twenty minutes of this demo aren’t quite enough to grasp completely what this game is about, but they’re certainly enough to pique your interest. From the little I could play, I know that Welcome to Elk is about a character, Friggs, moving to a small island with the help of her father’s friend. The game’s cartoonesque art style and up beat soundtrack sets the stage for what seems like a light hearted adventure. However even in only the few minutes I played, I could tell that the game has dark undertones that won’t take long to surface.

In terms of the gameplay, the demo only had you walk around speaking to the townspeople and take part in a small minigame. It wasn’t enough to sell me on the game, but the underlying tones were intriguing enough to keep Welcome to Elk on my radar.

SkateBird

This one is an early demo that crashed on me twice, but it is great to get to experience what an E3 build typically is in this fashion. You are a small bird skating your life away in a large house. Controls were deliberate and a bit floaty but showed promise as developer Glass Bottom Games works towards full release scheduled for 2021.

Raji: An Ancient Epic

One of the things I love about the video game industry is how global it is. We get to play games made from people all over the world with different cultures and beliefs. With Raji: An Ancient Epic, we get a glimpse into Hindu myth and legend, a culture we rarely see in the industry.

The demo starts off at the beginning of the story, where you play as a girl called Raji, who’s brother is kidnapped by demons. The game is a top down platformer action game and the first level, which is also the tutorial, is available for playing. It goes through the various combat moves you can use as well as teaching you some basic platforming. The acrobatic movement of Raji flows well and the combat, while a little rough, has potential. This coupled with the unique setting of the game makes Raji: An Ancient Epic, worth keeping an eye on.


We will have continual coverage of individual titles as the event goes on. Make sure to check in daily.

Also, 15 new titles were announced for Xbox One by the id@xbox team as their demos released today. They are:

  • Ars Fabulae (Punk Notion)
  • Back to Belt (Mauricio Felippe)
  • Darkestville Castle (Epic Llama)
  • Ephemeral Tale (Dawdling Dog, ltd.)
  • Fractal Space (Haze Games)
  • Galacide (Puny Human)
  • Kaze and the Wild Masks (PixelHive)
  • Mars Power Industries Deluxe (7A Games)
  • Pixel Skater (Chickopie Games)
  • Seasons of the Samurai (TopView Studio)
  • Skycadia (Studio Nisse LLC)
  • Space Otter Charlie (Wayward Distractions)
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines (tinyDino)
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Daedalic Entertainment)
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria (Daedalic Entertainment)

The complete list of demos:

  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin (Sobaka Studio)
  • A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher (Ask An Enemy Studios)
  • Alchemist Adventure (Bad Minions)
  • Aniquilation (R-Next)
  • Antipole DX (Saturnine Games)
  • Armed and Gelatinous (Three Flip Studios)
  • Ars Fabulae (Punk Notion)
  • Back to Belt (Mauricio Felippe)
  • Bite the Bullet (Mega Cat Studios)
  • Book of Adventum (Dark Amber Softworks)
  • Cake Bash (High Tea Frog)
  • Chickens Madness (Vikong)
  • Clea (InvertMouse)
  • Cris Tales (Dreams Uncorporated, SYCK)
  • Curved Space (Only By Midnight Ltd.)
  • Dandy Ace (Mad Mimic)
  • Darkestville Castle (Epic Llama)
  • Deleveled (ToasterFuel)
  • Destroy All Humans! (Black Forest Games)
  • Doodle God: Crime City Demo (JoyBits, Inc)
  • Dungeon and Gravestone (Wonderland Kazakiri inc.)
  • Dungeon Scavenger Inferno (Vidama Software)
  • Ephemeral Tale (Dawdling Dog, ltd.)
  • Flowing Lights (gFaUmNe)
  • Fractal Space (Haze Games)
  • Freshly Frosted (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)
  • Galacide (Puny Human)
  • Gauntlet Force: Rise of the Machines Demo (Forge Studios)
  • Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den)
  • Haven (The Game Bakers)
  • Helheim Hassle (Perfectly Paranormal)
  • Hellpoint (Cradle Games)
  • In the Valley of Death (stdio.gypsy)
  • Kaze and the Wild Masks (PixelHive)
  • Klang 2 (Tinimations)
  • Knight Squad 2 (Chainsawesome Games)
  • Kova: AlphaLink (Black Hive Media)
  • KungFu Kickball (WhaleFood Games)
  • Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale (GrimTalin)
  • Lost Wing (BoxFrog Games)
  • Mars Power Industries Deluxe (7A Games)
  • Mayhem Brawler (Hero Concept)
  • Momentus (Swerve Studios)
  • Nine Witches: Family Disruption (Indiesruption)
  • OkunoKA Madness (Caracal Games)
  • PHOGS! (Bit Loom)
  • Pixel Skater (Chickopie Games)
  • Ponpu (Purple Tree Studio)
  • Projection: First Light (Shadowplay Studios)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games)
  • Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Red Ego Games)
  • Road to Guangdong (Just Add Oil)
  • Rover Wars: Battle for mars Demo (Sakari Games)
  • Sail Forth (David Evans Games)
  • ScourgeBringer (Flying Oak Games)
  • Seasons of the Samurai (TopView Studio)
  • SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)
  • Skycadia (Studio Nisse LLC)
  • Solaroids: Prologue (DynF/X Digital)
  • Space Otter Charlie (Wayward Distractions)
  • Swim Out (Lozange Lab)
  • Swimsanity! (Decoy Games, LLC)
  • Tesla Force (10tons Ltd.)
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines (tinyDino)
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Daedalic Entertainment)
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria (Daedalic Entertainment)
  • The Last Cube (Improx Games)
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Falling Squirrel Inc.)
  • Tribble Troubles Demo (Scary Robot)
  • Unspottable (GrosChevaux Ltd)
  • WarriOrb (Not Yet)
  • Welcome to Elk (Triple Topping)
  • YesterMorrow (BitMap Galaxy)

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