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Steam Game Festival February 2021 edition is live now with lots of demos

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Ready to try the next set of upcoming games on Steam? Wait no more, as the Steam Game Festival February 2021 edition is now live with plenty to take a look at.

The event features over 500 demos across multiple genres, plus developer-hosted livestreams and chats. Additionally this time around the event itself will have its own livestream show on the event page and Twitch for the first day featuring a select group of demos.

We'll be gradually going over the list and pointing out / capturing footage of a few that stand out. For now, here's a few that look delightful that offer up a Linux demo for the event:

  • Alisa
    • "Alisa is a Horror-themed Action Adventure game and a genuine throwback to the golden age of 90s 3D games."
  • Don't Forget Me
    • "A jazz-punk adventure game with a twist, Don’t Forget Me is a new breed of puzzle game. Dive into the memories of your patients, use your own observations to unwrap their minds and uncover a dark conspiracy set to claim dominion over humanity."
  • Dwerve
    • "Dwerve is a tower defense dungeon crawler RPG. It tells the story of a young dwarven tinkerer that adventures into dwarven ruins armed with turrets and traps, the only weapons that can protect the dwarves from Witch Queen Vandra the Wicked and her army of bloodthirsty trolls and monstrous creatures."
  • Kathy Rain: Director's Cut
    • "Award-winning adventure Kathy Rain returns in the Director’s Cut, featuring an extended story with more puzzles to solve and new areas to explore. Witness the rise of an iconic detective as you uncover a dark and sinister truth hiding behind the calm exterior of a small rural town."
  • Loop Hero
    • "The Lich has thrown the world into a timeless loop and plunged its inhabitants into never ending chaos. Wield an expanding deck of mystical cards to place enemies, buildings, and terrain along each unique expedition loop for the brave hero."
  • Loveland
    • "Take on the role of The Detective, a member of an agency tasked with hunting down supernatural and cryptid creatures. Will you be able to uncover the mysteries of Loveland?"
  • Luna's Fishing Garden
    • "Luna's Fishing Garden is a cozy fishing and building game. Catch fish, trade it in and create the garden of your dreams by planting new trees, placing water objects and bringing animals to the archipelago."
  • One Dreamer
    • "Manipulate the world around you by editing source code in an adventure game about a burnt out indie game developer's quest to fulfill a lifelong dream."
  • Viscerafest
    • "Viscerafest is a Sci-Fi Fantasy Singleplayer Arena FPS with minor Collectathon elements. Fight through hordes of aliens and eldritch monstrosities wielding a slew of powerful weapons, juggling your resources, and exploring over 26 intricately designed hand crafted levels."

There's absolutely loads more coming to Linux, a fair amount just don't have a demo (either for Linux or at all). Some are supposed to have a demo but the box isn't appearing yet too, the usual Steam issues with a new event launch. These listed are just a bunch that immediately stand out to me and as always it's quite subjective whenever we do a list to tastes. Be sure to give your recommendations in the comments.

It's still a shame that having a demo is no longer a sure thing but it's nice to see them used like this too, as it's a fun bit of marketing for developers and gives us a chance to test and find out about new games we weren't aware of before.  The whole event runs until Tuesday, February 9 at 10AM PST / 6PM UTC.

See the event page here and you can find the entire list of demos available on Steam any time here.

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ageres Feb 8, 2021
One more couple of demos:

Lovecraft Tales (Windows-only, Unity). A 2D platformer that reminds me of Limbo. Nice art style, but clumsy controls and too much cheap tricks for killing an unaware player. The game doesn't explain how to play, you have to learn it by yourselves e.g. that you can use a flashlight, control it with a right stick, and some things react to the light. It's glitchy also. The controls cannot be changed in-game, only in the main menu. There are screens where it's probably supposed to be a story or some help info, but it's just a blank screen - probably a Proton issue. Nevertheless I liked this game, but it seems to be kind of abandoned with no updates since 2018. So I wouldn't expect it to be released this year.

Tasomachi: Behind the Twilight (Windows-only, UE4). A 3D platformer where you jump a lot and collect lanterns to progress and coins for no visible reason. Nothing special. It looks more like a concept, not a ready game for having no story or introduction, and even its menu looks dummy. And there are bugs too. I fell through a platform once. It seems the demo is time-restricted (it shows no timer, of course), and it ended after I had spent about 15 minutes in it. It launches in Chinese, click the third line in the main menu to be able to select English.
ageres Feb 10, 2021
Astalon: Tears of the Earth (Windows-only, Unity). A platformer/metroidvania where you control three different characters what reminds of The Lost Vikings, but you can do that only at places looking like checkpoints. Except they are not, and when you die, you start at the very beginning of the game (maybe it's just for the demo), fortunately having kept all the progress. There are secrets, upgrades, unlocking shortcuts, and other stuff. It's 8-bit pixel art, but this time it's 8-bit done right, not generic low-res MS Paint daub. The game feels great, added to my wishlist. No issues with performance, controller support or glitches.
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