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SiLiKhon Jan 26, 2013 @ 11:39pm
Demo please?
Should we expect a free playable demo anytime soon? ever?..
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luckypause  [developer] Jan 27, 2013 @ 1:00am 
@SiLiKhon - We want the price to be under $10; at that price point, and given the mystery in our story, it wouldn't make sense for us to put out a demo. However, if the price is between $10 and $15, we will try to have a demo at launch.
BearMilitia Jan 27, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
I don't know if you couldn't do one, unless in the first few minutes of the game's mystery is solved. I played the analogue hate story demo and it made me want to buy it. You don't need to make a special demo just release the first puzzle that introduces the mechanics as a demo and anyone interested but weary would be happy. But how far under $10 are you talking? $5, no problem if there is no demo just do a raw gameplay video, $9.99 just a quick "this is the tutorial" kind of demo should be fine. i'll vote yes regardless but i would also like a demo.
duncanperham Jan 28, 2013 @ 5:16am 
I dont buy anything nowadays without a demo, if a company is to scraed to let you see the game before you buy it, then they have something to hide.
Fier Fec Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:42pm 
i agree, though if worried about story then use a training area instead maybe a demo could be more of boxed room with windows and puzzle then use it in game as a learning point for jumping and stuff...

Originally posted by BearMilitia:
I don't know if you couldn't do one, unless in the first few minutes of the game's mystery is solved. I played the analogue hate story demo and it made me want to buy it. You don't need to make a special demo just release the first puzzle that introduces the mechanics as a demo and anyone interested but weary would be happy. But how far under $10 are you talking? $5, no problem if there is no demo just do a raw gameplay video, $9.99 just a quick "this is the tutorial" kind of demo should be fine. i'll vote yes regardless but i would also like a demo.
Spagett Jan 31, 2013 @ 7:09am 
You mentioned Myst in one of the trailers...a demo is necessary to prove that this is not a slew of impossible, slightly logical puzzles, like in the "Escape from the Phone Booth" flash games.
ßishmar Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:43am 
hopefully your story won't be 2hours long, adn ♥♥♥♥ game won'y suck much of the ♥♥♥♥ as dear esther did.
Originally posted by luckypause:
@SiLiKhon - We want the price to be under $10; at that price point, and given the mystery in our story, it wouldn't make sense for us to put out a demo. However, if the price is between $10 and $15, we will try to have a demo at launch.
thenevernow Feb 3, 2013 @ 9:09am 
Originally posted by luckypause:
@SiLiKhon - We want the price to be under $10; at that price point, and given the mystery in our story, it wouldn't make sense for us to put out a demo. However, if the price is between $10 and $15, we will try to have a demo at launch.

Hi. The game looks promising and I upvoted it. May I ask what the connection between price point and demo availability is? Thanks!
Harmil Feb 3, 2013 @ 10:27am 
thenevernow (which in my current font looks like "then eve mow"), I think the point was that if the game is less than $10, the chances are that the game will sell without a demo. If it costs more than $10, then the demo would be necessary to prompt people to buy.

Demos don't exist "just because". They cost time and resources to package and produce. If a demo is just slapped together from the base game and gives a poor impression, then it can actually hurt sales. So, with this game's funding coming from the devs' savings and a few tens of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter (which is basically nothing), I would rather that they spend their time and resources on the base game.

Then again, I'm going to fund it on Kickstarter, so I don't have to worry about whether or not I'll buy it ;-)
thenevernow Feb 3, 2013 @ 11:08am 
fonts are hell, aren't they? :)

Your reply makes sense, altough I always appreciate the chance to play a demo (one great thing about XBLA, if you ask me) and I believe that depending on the nature of the game, releasing a demo can be a relatively small effort (especially if you don't need to certify it).

We'll see!
theheckler2003 Feb 5, 2013 @ 10:47am 
As a fan of the adventure genre, I'll probably keep an eye on your title regardless. However, I too would likely feel more comfortable with a purchase if a small demo were released. Nothing fancy is needed, just a couple rooms and a puzzle or two... a tutorial of sorts like others have suggested to get a feel for the mechanics and immersion.
m.wing Feb 6, 2013 @ 12:18am 
Demo +1
Wolve Feb 7, 2013 @ 7:04am 
Could the price stay at this amount of dollar? Normally Steam just sets the dollar price to Euro, what means, that the european have to pay more for the games...that sucks!
m.wing Feb 8, 2013 @ 4:44pm 
What about you show us 10min of (beta) gameplay as a video?
I decide to buy a game by playing the demo or watching lets plays...
Last edited by m.wing; Feb 9, 2013 @ 12:59am
Sgt.Psycho Feb 16, 2013 @ 8:45pm 
I guess the issue is that even with all the videos and screen captures in the world, there's nothing like being able to actually play the game. How does it run on my computer? Is the animation smooth enough? Is the response crisp and fluid? What about the UI? Does it fit in seamlessly , or get in the way? Do game elements flow naturally or feel awkward. How about the sound? Dynamic cues? Does it scale up and down to offer different levels of game performance? Does it support my hardware? Does it have customisable controls, and support various controllers?

These are all questions that can be answered in seconds or minutes in a demo, but are extremely difficult to answer otherwise.

For me, $10 is too much to gamble unless I know for certain the game performs satisfactorily. I know it's a pain for you, but there's no better way to nail that 'wow' factor than to offer a playable demo. The closest thing to playing the game, is, well, playing the game.

Good luck, and I'll be sure to check back again.
Dizzen96 Mar 1, 2013 @ 11:39am 
PLAY THE GAME PLAY THE GAME PLEASE AND PLEASE BUY THE GAME BUY THE GAME.
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