James liked what he saw of Carrion, the upcoming "reverse horror" that casts you as tentacled monster, when he played it during this year's E3, naming it among the show's hidden gems (opens in new tab). Now it's your chance to go hands-on: developer Phobia Game Studio has released a half-hour demo that you can grab on Steam (opens in new tab). The demo will only linger until November 2, so act fast.
Carrion, which is due out at some point next year, tasks you with escaping a research facility, murdering as many humans as you can in the process. As you gobble up people you'll gain mass along with new skills that let you reach unexplored parts of its labyrinthine map. It's a horror Metroidvania, basically, where you're the hunter rather than the huntee.
You can also "reject" mass to change your available skills, as James explained. "A simple example: I had to eat several men to grow large enough to unlock a dash ability, making me capable of busting through hard wooden surfaces. But to open a door, I had to reject a good chunk of mass to regain the ability to spit out a little spidery arm. It fits into small crevices, which makes pulling switches through small cracks easy-peasy."
The feedback I've read on the demo via Twitter and Reddit has been almost unanimously positive. Head over to Steam (opens in new tab) to try it out, and watch the reveal trailer below.