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POSTED 24/5/17


DEMONíS CRYSTALS

Byte4Games/Badland Games



The demons never need to know what the demons never got to see...

Whatís a line from an ace Super Furry Animals song got to do with this game? Umm, itís got demons in it! Truth be told weíre just being lazy while needing a way into this review thingy. Hey, weíre tired, and there are wolves after us.

Demonís Crystals basically filches parts of three 1980s arcade classics, bangs them together, and comes out at the end with a nice, shiny little package. Take the level-uppable character choices of Gauntlet (well, as long as you like pointy-eared demonic chicks), stick it in a Ghosts ín Goblins world of darkness and strap a super-cool, power up-laden Smash TV game mechanic onto it all.

Yep, weíre talking twin-stick shooter, and thereís a lot of mindless fun to be had. Your enjoyment, of course, may depend upon your propensity for mindless fun, as if you stop to think about things levelling up enough to progress past certain points can be a tad grindy.

But, King Bob! Erm, mindless fun!

Whether you pick red, green, blue or yellow it makes little difference other than satiating your personal colour bias, for each character is essentially the same operationally. Hit three different creepy settings, get assailed by nefarious creatures of various strengths that are all gunning for you, gun back (also destroying buildings and the like for extra XP), collect insane amounts of super-shiny crystals, level up, tackle end of level bosses, continue. All while selectively grabbing timed power-ups Ė including a cool fee-fi-fo-fum model. But only selectively, as some are horrid, especially the last refuge of the scoundrel game creator, the messed-up controls. BOO!

Add a second local player and the fun continues.

Itís derivative, but Demonís Crystals is also slick and really fun Ė for a while. Plus it doesnít cost much, so itíd make a great something for the weekend...

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