Death Inc prototype demo released

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Ambient Studios have released a prototype demo of their plague-bearing Kickstarter hopeful Death Inc. It's an exceptionally early look - the full game isn't due for release until October - but gives you a chance to trial one of the game's levels, spreading infection through the tiny villagers of 17th Century England. It's also a great opportunity to test out the inventive order-painting control scheme.

It's nice to see a Kickstarter campaign being this open. Too often, we've seen successfully funded games get by with barely a hint at what they'll look like, let alone how they'll play. It's a canny move, too. Despite its promise of lighthearted real-time Reaper hijinks and Bullfrog-inspired business management, Death Inc has so far only raised nearly £60,000 of its £300,000 goal.

You can download the demo from here, for Windows, Mac and Linux. And for more info on Death Inc, you can read our huge interview with Ambient director Jonny Hopper here.