Demon’s Crystals – Review
Demon’s Crystals tells the story of a world once ruled by immensely powerful astral demons known as “Uricans” who became comfortable at the top of the food chain. However, everything changed when three mysterious beings suddenly turned the planet’s peaceful population into destructive minions. It’s now up to you to take control of the remaining Uricans to restore order, save the world and safeguard your place in the sun!
Controlling your Urican is as simple as pointing your character in the right direction – and shooting! New weapons and power-ups are auto-equipped as you find them – and they’ll expire when you run out of time. Be mindful of your surroundings, shoot to kill, and make the most of each equipped weapon and power-up to give the horde some lasting, painful memories.
- Battle wiry skeletons, lumbering ghouls, wicked wraiths and fearsome bosses at the end of each world.
- Equip dozens of weapons ranging from a powerful missile launcher, shot multipliers, mysterious blue force assistants and more.
- Pick up special power-ups such as bullet time, winged boots, ice runes, blue mushroom to get an edge over your enemies.
- Dodge hidden traps and rely on the destructible environment to survive.
- Enjoy 8 game modes – including single-player, local and co-op multiplayer.
- Put your skills to the test against players from all over the world and see if you can get the highest score on the Survival leaderboards.
I knew nothing about this game when I was asked to review it and after a quick twenty minute tester session I was completely hooked.
It’s a twin stick shooter where NONE of the buttons are used for anything…….nothing at all for your fingers to do in this game. There are 4 playable characters. Upon choosing your hero, and after a brief little bit of backstory via some scrolling text, you are thrown into the frantic action that takes place for the entirety of the game. There are 3 ‘Areas’ to master each of them having 8 levels to conquer and each area has a ‘Boss’ to defeat before you can progress.
The first area is ‘Graveyard’: As you could probably guess from the name, the undead makes up a majority of the enemies with a few bats thrown in for good measure. Each of the 8 levels in the areas has an objective to reach before you get to the next level. The objectives are either kill a set number of enemies OR collect a set number of diamonds. None of this, by the way, is explained to you at any point…….there is no tutorial or on screen instructions…..you kinda have to work it out for yourself ( well YOU don’t if you’re reading this……because I just told you……you’re very welcome.
The second area is ‘Castle’ and again the enemies are all castle related….knights, jesters etc etc. The third and final area (which I still haven’t finished yet) is ‘Forest’ and you have imps, goblins and suchlike to overcome.
To aid you in your pursuit of excellence and mayhem, you are presented with a standard weapon that in true twin stick shooter fashion, fires in the direction that you move with the right stick. Your movement is of course controlled with the left stick. In each f the levels there are powerups to gain that can either improve your weapon or give your character certain attributes for a limited time. The key to success (so far) has been managing the powerups and not just running over them because they are there.
The soundtrack is a jolly little thing to behold, the weapons sounds are suitably weapony and the background music is suitably catchy without being Bieberishly annoying ( did I just invent a word?).
The ‘look’ of the game is also surprisingly crisp and fresh with vibrant colours and convincing enemies. Especially when you consider the price that you are paying…….£3.99 !!!! ABSOLUTE BARGAIN !!!!!!
There are 8 game modes to choose from, as a single player you have arcade and survival to go at but if you delve into the multiplayer (local only sadly) then there are 6 modes to enjoy which include deathmatch and crystal quest.
As stated above I’ve not as yet finished as I’m stuck on Forest level 7 (it’s damn challenging) but I really do like this game and it’s been an absolute pleasure to play it.
The only downside for me is that there is no online multiplayer, to be able to play this with friends online would be excellent. Even with that omitted I’m still going to score this little gem of a game 8/10.
Demon’s Crystals is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and STEAM as a digital release for €4.99 / $4.99 / £3.99.
Game generously provided by the publisher.