I was asked to do it by Cyprian from Baked Games - got really happy and decided almost immediately I’m in. The testing period was happening before the announcement of the js13kGames 2023 winners, but I was able to find the time to play and give feedback before and right after that.
I wasn’t alone as there were folks from our community as well, including one of our Discord admins. I had to dig up an old laptop and buy new WiFi card to run the game though, since it was built for Windows and I couldn’t use my regular development MacBook.
I think the few rounds of testing helped the development team fix a bunch of small issues. The demo, with our feedback implemented, was officially released on the day Steam Next Fest launched: Monday, October 9th 2023 - go check it out! We’ve even organized a competition around it, with more prizes than originally planned due to high interest, and a whole lot of valuable feedback from regular players as well.