My 2022 demo ranking continues, and today, I shall be presenting you all with my very favorite demos from this past year! These are the ones that stand the greatest chance of being added to my gaming collection, along with a few that I’ve already played in their entirety. But in case you missed the first half, you can revisit it with ease right here.
15: Timelie – This puzzle game has you controlling a girl with the ability to rewind and fast forward through time, alongside her kitty companion, who can fit into small spaces and meow to distract enemies. Timelie is rather difficult to get into at first, but once you get the hang of things, it’s actually a pretty unique experience.
14: Kirby Star Allies – This game is perfectly fun, but I’ve played so many side-scrolling Kirby games that this one just doesn’t really stand out for me.
13: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – This is the second crossover of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda and serves as a prequel to Breath of the Wild. Playing as Link, Princess Zelda, and Impa (and presumably plenty more characters), you can fight through hordes of classic Zelda enemies. While this isn’t usually my thing, I’m rather intrigued to see their take on the events leading up to Breath of the Wild.
12: The Flower Collectors – This murder mystery is set in Barcelona, Spain in 1977 and feels rather inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, as your character witnesses a murder while confined to a wheelchair. The concept is intriguing, though the gameplay seemed rather lacking.
11: Hob: The Definitive Edition – This open-world Metroidvania seems like it could be pretty fun, even if I hear that it’s a bit unpolished and not quite as open as I had initially assumed. Nevertheless, I had fun with the demo as I explored a world corrupted by purple goo, collecting new abilities along the way in order to open up new paths.
10: Arietta of Spirits – This little adventure takes place on an island after the death of the titular character’s grandmother. This game features some lovely pixel art, and apparently, Arietta eventually gains the ability to see the spirits inhabiting the island, as well. I’ve already bought this game on sale and am quite curious to see where the story takes me.
9: Unbound: Worlds Apart – This unique platformer requires the player to use various portals to progress, such as one that swaps between your dimension and another and one that reverses gravity. I had a lot of fun with this one and am rather tempted to play the full game.
8: Greak: Memories of Azur – While the demo allows you to play as two siblings (Greak has a sword and his sister Adara has a long-range attack), the full game eventually grants you control of three. I just really enjoyed this demo and your ability to control multiple characters simultaneously.
7: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – I enjoyed the demo for Trine 2, and the demo for the fourth entry was even better. In this series, you play as three characters, Amadeus the wizard, Pontius the knight, and Zoya the thief. Not only does the game seem fun, but the graphics are always quite beautiful.
6: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Captain Toad is a pretty relaxing puzzle game, the demo of which I enjoyed much more than I expected. I’ve already purchased the full game and imagine I’ll have a lot of casual fun with our diminutive protagonist.
5: Spiritfarer – In Spiritfarer, you play as Stella the ferrymaster, who must prepare the spirits of the dead for the afterlife. Despite the heavy subject matter, the game seems pretty upbeat and looks as if it could be a relaxing experience, if not rather bittersweet.
4: The Almost Gone – This puzzle game has you exploring various dioramas as you look for ways to progress and uncover the truth behind your character’s recent death. I have since played the full game, and it made for a thought-provoking experience that largely made up for its abrupt ending.
3: Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer – I don’t usually like rhythm games, but this Zelda-themed musical roguelike game was a lot of fun and, expectedly, had a great soundtrack filled with classic Zelda tunes. I’d definitely like to play more of this one.
2: Miitopia – I have since played this quirky RPG in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Thanks to the ability to choose the faces of every character in the game, I was able to assemble a team of some of my favorite characters with which to share my silly adventure.
1: Kirby and the Forgotten Land – I don’t buy Kirby games too often anymore because they all feel so similar. But I already knew this 3D Kirby adventure was a must-buy even before I played the demo. It was just what the pink puffball needed to finally update his rather stale franchise.