Modern Wolf drops three new demos during Steam Game Festival.

Progressive publisher Modern Wolf has made three new demos available as part of the ongoing Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition. The festival is currently running until the early hours of Tuesday morning AEST and showcases exciting new indie games as well as developer live streams and more. Modern Wolf, whose work we’ve covered here, has announced that demos for three of their upcoming titles are now featured in the festival.

The three games featured are Skeleton Crew, Ostranauts and Kosmokrats. Each game has a unique style and signature Modern Wolf personality having all been developed by teams supported by the publisher’s positive workplace practices initiative. Below we’ve included a little look at each title and links for you to go a grab the demos for yourself right now!

Skeleton Crew from Cinder Cone Games

Skeleton Crew offers up fast-paced 4-player co-op action as you and your friends will have to work through this gothic horror world. Boasting an adorable art direction and a fun sense of humour, Skeleton Crew looks to be the next great game for your mates to, literally, kick your butt over.

The game can also be played solo for those looking for their own good time and will feature eleven playable characters and a wide variety of combat options, puzzle-solving and, most importantly, those chaotic physics-based attacks. Grab your demo right here.

Also, the cheeky little nod to Bloodborne cements this game as a must-play in my humble opinion.

Ostranauts from Blue Bottle Games

Shifting gears completely now, the next demo on offer is for the moody space sim Ostranauts. Blue Bottle Games describes the tone of the game as noir, a loaded term for sure but one look at the trailer should tell you exactly what you’re in for here.

After a devastating event the Earth has essentially collapsed, forcing humanity out into the unknown where an honest living is not going to get us very far. In Ostranauts you’ll be in charge of your own spaceship and the crew, combining sim styles from multiple genres with an oppressive vibe and aesthetic. You’ll be tasked with ship maintenance and customisation, as well as ensuring that your shipmates are kept not just alive but also happy.

If managing a dysfunctional crew in a hostile galaxy sounds like your jam (and why wouldn’t it?) you can grab your demo here.

Kosmokrats from Pixel Delusion

Rounding out Modern Wolf’s demo trilogy is another trip into space but with a definitively different tone. Kosmokrats sees you tasked with the construction of a great space fleet above Earth during the 1960s, which means you’ll be limited to the rudimentary technology of the time. In what looks like a bizarre physics-based 3D Tetris, Kosmokrat has you pilot a small drone and push and pull large pieces of space ships into place, hopefully connecting and not getting anyone killed along the way.

Should you make a mistake though and your comrades wind up dead the narrative will adapt around you ensuring that all choices, or accidents, will matter. This kind of adaptive narrative, along with the excellent sense of humour and mechanics, makes Kosmokrats a must check out and you can do so right here.

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James Wood
James literally cannot recall a time in which video games weren’t a part of his life. A childhood hobby turned adult fascination, gaming has been one of the few constants.

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