With just over two days to go, the Kickstarter for old-school shooter Strafe is still short just over $20 000 and needs a bit of a kick to get it to the finish line.

To help with that, the developer has given everyone access to a playable build of a specific section of the game. It’s pre-alpha, though, so it’s full of bugs and may crash for no reason, but it’ll give you a taste of the controls and the speed of the action.

The build was previously only available to streamers, people who’d play the game live on Twitch, but now anyone with an internet connection and a PC or Mac to play it on can grab it. It’s being done to drum up a bit of enthusiasm among people who may not have backed the game yet as the Kickstarter campaign draws to a close.

Unfortunately for people who play FPSes with their mouse inverted, the build forces you to use the default, un-inverted controls and there’s no way to change it, so if that’s you perhaps just watch someone else play.

Here’s the developer’s somewhat manic update detailing the rationale behind the move, taken directly from the Kickstarter page. It’s amusing, if nothing else.

!!PLAY STRAFE®’S SPEED RUN ZONE NOW!!

But it’s broken. Seriously. READ THIS FIRST.

YOU ASKED NICELY TO PLAY STRAFE®.

WE SAID HAHA NOT A CHANCE IN HELL.

YOU DEMANDED TO PLAY STRAFE®, OR ELSE.

WE SAID REALLY, IT’S NOT READY.

YOU KIDNAPPED OUR LEAD PROGRAMMER AND HELD HIM AT GUNPOINT UNTIL HE RELEASED A BROKEN STRAFE® BUILD.

WE PULLED OUT A RAILGUN AND EXPLODED YOUR SKULL IN SELF DEFENSE.

AND THEN RELEASED A BROKEN STRAFE® BUILD AFTER JUST TO SPITE YOU.

So here it is, world. A small sign of things to come for STRAFE®. The SPEED RUN with high score tracking!

That means it’s pre-Alpha, BROKEN and not representative of the final game. It was custom built in days to get into the hands of streamers. The overwhelming positive response encouraged us to release it to the public. BUT this is A TINY FRACTION and modified version of STRAFE® that lacks most final features likes:

  • Custom options (inverted mouse, FOV/visor/gun sliders, etc)
  • Procedural level generation
  • Finished enemy AI and pathfinding
  • Secrets
  • A ton of things, you get the idea

We love what we’ve seen. But unfortunately it might not run on your particular computer right now. It might have major bugs, like enemies literally dancing for death. It might begin WWIII after your computer is mistaken on radar for a nuclear warhead. And if you don’t remember Doom’s elevator lifts, you might get stuck and not know how to move forward. Press E toward the ground, damn it.

If it works, great, see if you can beat the streamers’ speed run times! Just don’t be an asshole and cheat.

Enjoy. Get excited, but please realize we initially didn’t want people to play it until it was perfect.Remember this is just the beginning. We’re excited to build on this and complete STRAFE® in the most amazing way.

Here’s the download link:

PC / MAC

Share it with anyone who was on the fence for pledging! And check back early tomorrow morning for our final update we think everyone will enjoy. We’re close, we think we’ll can pull it off, but not without you sharing these updates!

Thanks again.

Thom

Should the demo intrigue you, consider backing the game. A minimum of $15 will get you a copy when it’s ready in May 2016 should the Kickstarter prove successful.

[Source – Kickstarter]
Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.