Eat friends and tenderise people with Carrion’s free limited-time demo

Try out Devolver's upcoming 'reverse horror' game for the next week, free.

It’s Halloween season, which means it’s the perfect time to emerge from your fetid den to bludgeon scientists with writhing tentacles and pseudopods. Yes, this is Carrion, the 2D platformer that casts you as a long-lost relative of the alien entity from John Carpenter’s The Thing. For the next week, you can try Carrion out for free ahead of its full launch, which is planned for sometime next year.

Carrion is, in a word, disgusting. But it’s disgusting in a way that Joel found oddly charming when he tried it out earlier this year. The general idea is to slink about, oozing your way through crevices and ductwork, popping out like a meat explosion to rend hapless humans limb from limb and devour them.

It sounds rather grim, but Carrion comes across with enough unfettered adolescent glee that the whole affair actually ends up being weirdly adorable, if you’re the kind of person who can get beyond the whole pixel art splatterhouse horror thing. And if that’s you, good news: this amorphous blob of murderous flesh moves with a very satisfying sense of weight and agility.

As Rock Paper Shotgun reports, the Carrion ‘sneak peak’ will be available until Saturday, November 2, which gives you exactly a week to try your thumbs at smashing scientists and engineers against the walls of whatever questionable underground facility you’ve awoken inside. You can find it on Steam.

After that, we’ll have to wait until the Carrion release date, which at the moment is set for some unspecified time in 2020.