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Action Platformer Slinki Released On Steam, A Demo Is Available

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Slinki is an action platformer, developed by Titan Forged Games, where you control a rabbit with a prosthetic arm. The game has been available for Linux on Desura since December and was released on Steam this week. I've had a look at the game, and I'll tell you what I think of it so far.

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As can be seen from the trailer above, the game does look a bit rough visually. It has an interesting style though, and the developer went all out on several of the enemies. A jumping shark? What appears to be a beaked bear drinking moonshine? You don't find enemies like that in most games.

Like a traditional platformer, much of the game revolves around avoiding obstacles and taking out minor enemies. The most common enemy type in the game so far is a porcupine that can easily be taken out in a single shot. I have also come across two different kinds of what I believe are bears with padded bellies. One kind requires you to slip through its legs and hit it from behind, then get out of the way before it flops onto you.

The rather unique game mechanic of this game is that your rabbit protagonist is equipped with a prosthetic arm that has a couple of handy uses. The first and most obvious is that you can shoot it at enemies to deal damage. What's more interesting is that you can transport yourself directly to the end of your arm to be able to perform far greater jumps. This actually works well in practice, and once you've gotten used to it, it feels really smooth.

So far I've only put 45 minutes into the game and have beaten three levels. Some of that time has been spent looking for secret passages, since I've come across a couple of eggs hidden away nicely. I don't know if all levels have these or if they have any use beyond adding an element of collecting to the game. Additionally, the levels are quite large. This might be a plus depending on how you feel about the game, but to me, the levels felt a bit barren and uninteresting.

So, should you get Slinki? After my limited time with it, I don't feel qualified to make any firm recommendations, but I suggest checking out the demo on Desura. The game has a generous amount of checkpoints and promises some hard challenges, so if a forgiving action platformer with an interesting gimmick is your thing, this might be what you're looking for.

Slinki can be bought from Steam or DRM free from Desura, where a demo is available. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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PublicNuisance 20 Apr, 2015
Downloaded the Linux demo last night. Hope to try it over the next few days. Looks interesting.
flesk 20 Apr, 2015
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Let us know what you think when you've had a chance to try it.

I actually got the full game from a reader of GOL on Steam. I don't think they're registered here, but thanks again for the games if you are. :) This game didn't capture me enough to make me want to play it exclusively, but I'll probably keep playing it in between other things.
Pit 21 Apr, 2015
Quoting: GuestHey, one of Slinki's devs here. Just wanted to let you know that the demo present on Desura is outdated. The steam version of the game features better graphics, some redesigned levels and other extra content. We are preparing a new demo to be available next week, or so ;)
Hope you enjoy the game
So is also the Desura buy version outdated? And will it be updated, too? Else no buy....
Checked the demo shortly, and indeed there's some interesting aspects. Feeling like 'Baron Münchhausen' pulling yourself out of the mud on your hair (resp. prosthetic arm) is sure worth 5€ :D
flesk 21 Apr, 2015
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Quoting: GuestHey, one of Slinki's devs here. Just wanted to let you know that the demo present on Desura is outdated. The steam version of the game features better graphics, some redesigned levels and other extra content. We are preparing a new demo to be available next week, or so ;)
Hope you enjoy the game

Thanks for letting us know. Will the new demo be available both on Desura and Steam?
flesk 29 Apr, 2015
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Thanks for the information. I hope you do get a chance to update the Desura version, as I'm sure there are many who will be much more interested in a DRM free version.
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