We've already posted a TA Plays on NimbleBit's upcoming snake-like NimbleQuest, and could totally write up an extensive preview article detailing even more about the game for its upcoming release. But, really, what's more fun? Reading what we think about an upcoming game, or just playing it yourself? We're thinking the latter, so we're trying something new here. NimbleQuest is made in Unity, and among the other magical properties of the engine is the ability to build the game into a format that's playable in your browser.

All you need is to do to play it is download a tiny browser plugin and mash the image below to load the game up and give it a spin:

This online preview is only going to be active through Monday night, so if you want to check out NimbleQuest before it launches on the App Store, be sure to do it before then. As far as when it's going to launch, NimbleBit isn't ready to get official on the release date, but their fingers are crossed that we'll see NimbleQuest before the end of the month. Enjoy the game, and feel free to post any tips or strategies you come across for maximizing your score in the comments.

Also, let us know what you think of this style of game preview, as we'll try to do more of them in the future if people enjoy it. It obviously wouldn't work for every game, but NimbleQuest is a perfect example of a title that plays just as good in your browser window with arrow keys as it will on your iOS device with swipe gestures.

  • http://twitter.com/hippiemanx Bruce Morrison

    Greedy Devs should be free.

    Awesome job NimbleBit! Can't wait to get the finished version on my phone!

    • MonkeyChunks

      The game should be free?!

    • ttocs

      They make great games. Just because you're cheap isn't any reason why a game should be free. They need to make money of their games.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      We won't allow enslaved Developers! All Dev's should be free!

  • Jason Sigler

    This is a great idea, PLEASE keep it up! For this game, I have a feeling that the touch gestures will actually be less responsive than keyboard, but I will certainly try it out, having given this demo a whirl!

    • Marvin

      This model for free to try could be the next big thing. To me it is much smarter to give customers a chance to demo the game first, if you make a good game people will pay for it

      • cameron331

        Except for recent research that says demos lead to less sales. If there's no demo, you have to buy to try.

      • Kevin

        I've purchased much more games on my XBox than my PS3 because I can try before I buy. Not the greatest research I think. Gambling a dollar is no big deal though.

      • alienraider

        Yeah, but demos lead to higher ratings when the game is released, so the people that don't like it don't have to buy it. Also, the higher ratings could also encourage more people to try it out.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        B/c the iOS price point is so low (generally $1-$3 + 'evil IAP's) getting folks to buy & then try isn't generally too hard. A few good write-ups/reviews is enough to get people willing to 'risk' their precious $1. HA
        But that one deadly review (generally from someone that lacks mental quality) that says "I hate this game! it crashed! It doesn't work on my" iPhone 3 or iPod2 or whatever "and I was ripped off! I want my money back!!!!!"
        And you realize the person posting this should be blocked from EVER posting in AppStore -- but Apple hasn't enabled any quality control functionality on reviews. Thank you, Apple. (Meh.)

  • Sunshine

    A. Webdemo is very cool.
    B. I need THIS GAME RIGHT NOW. IT'S FREAKIN AWESOME!

  • futuresgreen

    Awesome !! ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonlawton Jason Lawton

    Wow, an amazing example of cross platform gaming, and a pretty neat example of what's posible with the Unity framework.

    Although playing with the arrow keys was great, I'm not sure how well this will translate to swipes & gestures.

    • http://twitter.com/justinsalsburey Justin Salsburey

      yeah, when i hear swipe on this game i cringe a little bit... Great game for a keyboard though...........

    • Nicholas Yu

      I think they should think about implementing a virtual pad. The controls were fantastic with the arrow keys, and I can see swiping gestures to be the future cause of many deaths.

  • mrTofu

    Go Unity!

    • mrTofu

      I like it, I liked Call of Snakes as well. Definitely more polish/shine and fine tuning here in Nimble Quest.

  • FortyOneNY

    This is a very cool way to preview games that allow for it. NimbleQuest is definitely an instabuy/download for me. I just need to remember to turn 90s...I keep trying to go 180s and it doesn't work and I faceplant in the wall... xD

  • webman2k

    Hole ill certainly applaud any developer that provides a demo, I'm not sure i understand the excitement over the web demo. I'd much rather have a lite version I can install on the iPhone an see how it plays there. There are sizing differences, and of course the touch interface to consider. A proper light version with always be the best way to judge whether you want to pay for the full product.

    • webman2k

      *While I'll

    • http://twitter.com/eeen Ian Marsh

      The game will be free on all platforms so no worry there!

    • Guest

      The game is not currently out yet and will be free when released. The demo is just a way to check it out before it comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    I think it's a great idea. There's actually quite a few Unity games with web "demos" like this, e.g. you can play Dungelot on their website.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WereChihuahua James Gerbino

    Totally brilliant! I wonder how many code drones Zynga has working on copying it?

    • Stustaff

      Maybe they will just buy call of snakes and update that?

  • http://twitter.com/LCDDreams LCD Dreams

    Lots of fun! But is anyone else having performance problems with the game slowing down in short bursts?

  • dancefirst

    Aurhor, please make clear that this is for *desktop* browser preview. Browser alone confuses the reader into thinking you can download the plugin and preview on their browser--mobile, in my case.

    • cuw

      But Safari doesn't support plugins and this is common knowledge.

  • eventide

    How exactly can you play this weekend?

  • eventide

    Also,video isn't loading.

    • wiesse

      It's not a video load it on a desktop machine and you can play it

  • vicsark

    Sweet idea :)
    I'm a bit bummed though, I thought you were doing a TA plays special with NimbleBit Bros live commenting Brad exploits :D

  • http://twitter.com/toddfuller toddfuller

    This is great. I was just thinking about this game yesterday and now I get a chance to play it before it hits the app store. Happy birthday to me!

  • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

    Am I the only one who was underwhelmed?

    • http://twitter.com/lEchtzeitl Echtzeit

      No. I really love it, when genres get married in new and exciting ways. Alas, this gets boring fast.

    • http://twitter.com/lEchtzeitl Echtzeit

      No. I love it, when two genes get married to exciting new results. But this gets old real fast.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Wrong game, no? Think you mean the annoying genetic game that I insta-deleted...? PixelPeople or something?

        Oh, hang on -- you typo'd & meant 'genres', not genes. HA

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.farraro Eric Farraro

    I'm kind of surprised we haven't seen more of this. There's so many games out there that leverage Unity. Hoping to see a lot more of these 'previews' in the future, as it's relatively trivial to do for any iOS game that uses Unity.

  • sig11

    Wow. What a fun little game. NimbleBit strikes again.

  • Boobi

    With Ridiculous Fishing this will suck all my time. I will forget work, have no life, live in parents basement again... Doh too late. ;) Honestly the game looks and feels great, amazing job.

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

    nice!! loved it!! it reminds me of 8-bit dungeon somehow... how does the control work in a touch screen anyways?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505973387 Frank Hopewell-Smith

    This is great! Lovely idea

  • eventide

    Still don't know how to play it :-/

  • http://twitter.com/rashanii Inegro Montoya

    Fun. I'm sure the difficulty will be ramped up on the iPad game, using the keyboard was too easy. It was a blast, though.

  • Alex13111

    I notice you guys are really hyping this game up. It's fun, from what I've played.

  • ste86uk

    I don't have a pc only my iPhone. Maybe not possible but if you guys done this more in future it'd be nice to be able to try it on the phone.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Eh? You can try it soon -- when you install it!

  • Hex Blade

    I still wish this game was a Numblebit RPG dungeon crawler that I thought it was the first time I saw a screenshot....now a snake clone :/

  • Nick Mahan

    A
    DDICT
    ED
    !!!!

  • Nick Mahan

    im praying that the MULTIPLE hours I've thrown at this this weekend will SOMEHOW pull over into iOs

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Keep praying -- but it ain't gonna help ya!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    Before i was not interested in this game.
    After this web preview i will buy the game!

  • http://twitter.com/ezonecom Simon Edis

    NimbleBit has done it again! Nice work boys.

  • LousyHero

    As someone who spent way to much time playing snake on my phone like 10 years ago, I feel like a snake clone with fantasy characters and upgrades may destroy my life.