It’s been a while since I checked out a demo but just recently this one came out… Hell of an Office. It’s a demo available on Steam right now where you have to make it through Hell after your elevator crashed onto the -666 floor… Hell yeah!
Developer: 43 Studios Publisher: 43 Studios Genre: 3D Platformer, Action, Parkour, FPS, Indie Release Date: SOON™ Reviewed on: PC Available on: PC Demo is available on Steam for free.
You’ll have to jump, dash, and shoot your way through the hellscape and the game is quite fun. It always feels like you’re just *this* close to beating it. Moving is relatively simple. Using the left trigger you can dash forward once whenever you touch the ground, the right trigger can be used to bomb yourself upwards and then you have the standard controls to top it off… but Hell of an Office is fast-paced and gives you a speedrun timer as well as collectables and allows you to choose your own path. It may give you tips and hints as to where to go in the form of signs but most of the time, you can skip platforms if you land on certain spots and it’s honestly quite cool how much you could potentially optimise. I’d describe this as a speedrunner’s wet dream… but with lava.
Speaking of the lava, it is rising. Platforms vanish. You die. You don’t want to get fired from your office job, so don’t try hard… try harder! The floor is lava and there are plenty of ways of screwing yourself over like dashing when a jump would have sufficed or getting stuck underneath a platform because you mistimed your jump, etc. But despite me sucking at platformers, I actually really enjoyed this one… It’s hilarious and requires a lot of skill but it didn’t feel frustrating really.
The demo features similar music throughout the levels but it really reminded me of Kill It With Fire… which was a good time, too. The art style kind of reminded me of The Stanley Parable in a way but with fire and lava and a lot of ruins and an “Eye of Sauron” looking goal to reach…The best part though is the fun-paced and responsive platforming… Honestly, I loved the mechanics that got introduced from walls that have to be shot, platforms that vanish once you step on them and ways to propel yourself upwards when using your fiery stapler. There are also other worlds that introduce new mechanics like portals, wind tunnels. It’s quite satisfying and I’m looking forward to the full release.
What I would have loved is accessibility options or ways to skip levels in the full release. Not everyone is a god gamer… and certainly not I. I would have liked to see stuff like being able to add an extra dash or making the lava slower so that you have an easier time if your reaction speed isn’t fast enough or if you’re just not good at games. I feel like making games fun for every sort of player would be nice and hence an “easy mode” of sorts in this game would be quite cool… Maybe the lava goes slowly or doesn’t rise at all and you can take your time and practice. A practice mode would probably be also good…
But for everyone that likes parkour-ish games or 3D platformers, I’m sure you’re gonna love this game. Make sure to wishlist the full release on Steam and download the demo! It’s really good and offers a lot of levels, actually!