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Shoot 'em up Devil Engine hides demo for its upcoming expansion behind a cheat code

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Protoculture Games has announced a major expansion for its side-scrolling shmup Devil Engine that will double the size of the game—and you can play a demo for it right now, as long as you put in the right cheat code. 

You can check out a trailer for the DLC, called Devil Engine Ignition, above: it will add six new stages and a ship when it comes out later this year. Protoculture showed off a demo for Ignition at Japan's indie festival Bitsummit (opens in new tab) before announcing you can play it if you own the base game via a cheat code on the main menu.

The code, which requires a controller, is: Up, Down, Up, Down, LT, RT, LB, RB, followed by F5 and Enter together. 

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It sounds like the demo has been there since the 1.0 version of the game (opens in new tab), which means everybody must've missed it. You can also play the demo with the Scathach ship if you "add 1 to the end" of the code (opens in new tab)—I'm not sure if that's literally adding the number one, or if there's one more input that you have to guess.

I've heard good things about Devil Engine, which came out in February, and 95% of its Steam reviews are positive (opens in new tab). Granted, there are only 45 reviews, but it suggests that it's at least worth considering.

Samuel Horti
Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.