Demon’s Crystals is a twin stick shooter. If you are like me and had to look that up, yes, you use both analog sticks to move, aim, and fire. But controls aside, this game has it all. It has demon’s and, well, crystals which you must collect in order to save the world! It’s a very simple, yet, fun top down shooter.
Demon’s Crystals is an indie game developed by Badland Indie, a branch of Badland Games located out of Madrid, Spain.
This isn’t the first game of its kind. There are plenty of popular twin stick shooters before it. Games like Assault Android Cactus, Hero Siege, and Halo: Spartan Assault just to name a few. These types of games always take me back to a simpler time when the SNES ruled the planet. With endless amounts of enemies and a variety of guns, Demon’s Crystals kept giving me flashbacks of games like Contra III: The Alien Wars and Gradius III. Check out the gameplay below!
In this game, there are lots of enemies. I’m talking hordes of enemies. Each world is divided up into levels which is then divided into stages. There are at least 3 stages in each level at the minimum. Some stages require you to defeat a number of enemies while others required you to collect a certain amount of crystals. Simple? Yes. Easy? Absolutely not!
The further you progress, the harder it gets. The amount of enemies that attack you increase in numbers as you progress through all the stages and worlds. But fret not. There are guns. Lots and lots of guns. The amount and variety of weapons you can use are abundant. Every gun has its own capability and charm. I would say that the variety of weapons add the ultimate fun factor for this game.
However, there are times where this game can get repetitive, even exhausting at times. Especially if you are unable to defeat all three levels of a stage. You will repeat a stage over and over again until you defeat it completely. There were times where I completed levels 1 and 2 but kept dying at level 3. Once you run out of lives, you have to start the stage at level 1 again. Whatever health you start at, that is what you have for the entirety of all three levels. Health is scarce. But if you do manage to come across it, your health gauge goes up just a small amount keeping the challenge factor very high.
Overall, this game is just downright fun. With it’s simple controls, variety of weapons, challenging gameplay, and an endless amount of enemies, there is a lot of fun to be had in this game.
Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+Easy To Pick Up and Play
+Variety of Guns Add to the Fun
+4 Player Local Co-Op Multiplayer
+Very Affordable Price - $5.00
-Lack of Engaging Story
-Gameplay Can Be Repetative
-No Online Multiplayer