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ID@Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event – Day 3

We’re back after taking Thursday off, for obvious reasons, for our 3rd and final day of demo coverage during the Game Fest Demo Event on the Xbox Store.

Game Demo Day 3

Klang 2

Developers Tinimations and Ratalaika Games bill Klang 2 as a “Psychedelic Rhythm-action game, and they’re not wrong. A mix of synth beats and neon colors blast your senses from the first moment as you must time your analog stick movements and button presses to the beat. Controls felt snappy and if there is enough variety to the music I could see this one being a surprise hit.

Freshly Frosted

Freshly Frosted is a simple and relaxing puzzle game by developers The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (love the name). You are tasked with adding tasty toppings to donuts in a specific order through a conveyor system. The early puzzles offered in the demo give a nice ramp up in difficulty, and by the end things started getting quite difficult. The background score is catchy and enjoyable to listen to and the graphics get the job done.

PHOGS!

This delightful homage to Noby Noby Boy from developers Bit Loom Games and Coatsink was an instant hit for me. The controls were difficult but forgiving enough to give a proper challenge, but I never felt frustrated. The graphics are solid, and the music is great. I didn’t get to try out the co-op but this one seems like an easy choice to make if you have a local partner to play with.

Hellheim Hassle

An actually funny script in a game is a rare thing, but in my surprisingly long time with this demo I legitimately laughed multiple times. The graphics are clean but animations can be a bit jerky, and the music is reminiscent of Loony Tunes. Gameplay itself consisted of basic platforming puzzles that worked well in service of the narrative involving a village full of Vikings who can’t wait to get killed in battle so they can go to Valhalla. Releasing on August 18th from developer Perfectly Paranormal I can see this being one I will pick up on pre-order.

Also, 15 new titles were announced for Xbox One by the id@xbox team as their demos released on the 21st. 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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