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Here Comes Launchman Alpha Demo Leaps Onto The Internet

The first general-availability demo of Here Comes Launchman, an independent puzzle-platformer by The Layabouts, has been released today.

Verona, NY — February 12, 2012 — Here Comes Launchman, which was first playable to the public as a featured indie game at Mojang AB’s Minecon 2011 convention in Las Vegas, NV, now has a publicly downloadable alpha demo for Windows and Linux computers. The game follows the adventures of Launchman, an intergalactic explorer. The unique gameplay mechanics of Launchman allow the player to launch themself through the air like a rocket in any direction and manipulate objects telekinetically.

The alpha demo, which is for Windows and Linux, contains a tutorial area as well as seven full levels from the game. A Mac OS X version of the demo will follow shortly.

The demo, videos, and screenshots are available at

About The Layabouts

The Layabouts are a creative media studio specializing in video games. Approaching the creative process with an enthusiast’s perspective and a somewhat irreverent style, the Layabouts focus on producing fun and unique game titles for digital distribution, as well as other media such as comics and video. Here Comes Launchman will be The Layabouts’ first commercial game product.

About Here Comes Launchman

You are Launchman, space explorer for hire! You’ve been commissioned to explore the mysterious Puzzle Planet, which is said to contain valuable treasure. With his robot assistant Sanford in tow, Launchman soars, ricochets, careens, and launches through obstacle courses filled with deadly traps and contraptions. The current planned release window is Summer 2012.


-Play with physics-based gameplay that puts a unique spin on the 2D sidescroller.

-Launch through the air at rocket speeds and stop on a dime with your signature air-brake.

-Use your telekinetic abilities to throw around objects, flip switches, and solve devious puzzles.

-Play through loads of levels filled with neat contraptions and gameplay mechanics.

-See its distinctive monochrome art style, and listen to its kickin’ electronic soundtrack.

-It’s for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux!


We’ve updated the Windows demo to revision 2. This fixes several bugs and problems. The Linux build is still on revision 1; there’ll be a new download to match in the next 24 hours. The new download will also include a 64-bit executable. So, keep your eyes on this page, Linux users.

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