I just installed, opened, closed immediately, checked profile for progress, uninstalled. Rinse and repeat. You don’t actually have to do anything more than that. Try other demos if one is not triggering the badge or upgrades. That being said, the steamDB trick sounds even easier than this method if you are familiar with how to use it.
Another tip if you are installing via Steam: Make sure you pick games that aren’t that big so they download in a few seconds or less and you aren’t waiting too long.
The whole point with the steamDB link to ‘install’ and then cancel the install is that it still registers the package to your account so that it can be idled. This way you don’t have to waste any time, or bandwidth to actually download anything.
No badge notification, you do have the badge though. Just check your profile.
So I have tried out the following games and have these opinions:
Different than what I was expecting, I was expecting a slower paced game. But otherwise the mechanics are fine and I happily played the entire demo cough tutorial. Their definition of “controlled burn” needs some work. Might be worth a wishlist.
Turbo Golf Racing
Rocket League but golf. Basically best way to describe it. Also, it’s a free-for-all, no teams. You can make parties by the looks of it.
I got rather bored with this one. It’s city management, but you also have to manage how many stores are nearby, how many train stations are nearby. I just wasn’t excited about it and stopped about 30min in after the second part of the tutorial. I won’t be wishlisting this one.
I spent considerable time in this one but that’s because there is a shitton of reading. Their tutorial needs a lot of polish. I really thought about quitting and uninstalling after a few minutes because there was just too much garbage. It has “go to here” on just about every window, so I managed to skip the faction story because it closed the window. There’s also windows over windows and you can’t move the windows. It’s not intuitive which window you are supposed to be reading or whether you should be reading that menu yet. Many in-game events do not pop up windows after the first time, meaning you have to hover over the running events tab to find out one of your people got discovered. Lots of decimal values down to .0001 on items that have 2 significant digits. The tech tree is MASSIVE. yeah, bigger than that. It’s a spaghetti mess and I’m pretty sure I saw only a tiny portion. The good/bad news is that factions can’t be fully gotten rid of, just reduced in influence. I suppose you could help tech and go along for the ride if you wanted. TBH, it really feels like they stuffed too many systems into the game, which means it’s got a massive learning curve and a metric ton of reading. This feels like a specific audience game and I’m not a part of it.