Who Said Hell Is Heaven for Demons?
As a tiny demon living in hell, you should have your life sorted out, torturing condemned souls and whatnot. Except, terrible nightmares keep you up at night. Because you feel sorry for the souls? No, because you fear you might be next. Demon Go! is a challenging platformer developed by Artifact, that will have you rescuing cats, fighting demons, racing for your life and failing multiple times.
Jump, Dash and Run for Your Life
The game consists of five stages each divided into ten levels, with one demon boss. To reach the gates, you’ll have to jump and dash at the exact moment to avoid obstacles, defeat demons and rescue the cats. Considering that if heaven isn’t full of cats, it’s not truly heaven. As you go through, you collect coins that can be exchanged in the shop for items that make levels easier to clear.
Besides the cats and the items, you can also collect ways to die, cinematics and unlock achievements. Through the cinematics, you find out why you want to escape hell and why the bosses are determined to stop you.
One of the many ways Demon Go! is diabolic is in its precision. You need to jump or dash at the exact time, or you’ll be impaled to death, burned to death or beaten to death. Still, none of them compares to the most horrific of them all, stepping on poop to death. But that’s not the most horrendous way Demon Go! torments you. The extreme and ultimate form of torture is that it rubs in your face how many times you tried to pass the level and failed. Well, maybe it doesn’t rub it in, but seeing that number grow was making me lose my sanity defeat after painful defeat.
When you first complete the levels, you’ll have the chance to throw a dart at a spinning wheel to multiply your earnings. When you take the multiplier, you’ll most likely have to watch a 30-second ad. A short ad will also show when you clear a level. You won’t see that one as often because you’ll constantly be dying anyways, so don’t worry. Unless you are actually good at the game, then… well, that’s the price for talent. However, losing doesn’t mean you’re free from them. Every so often a short ad will show with the reminder that you can go ad-free for $1.90. Although, the ad popping up, won’t be as maddening as having to repeat a level 63 times and counting. In my experience, the only ad I found annoying is the long one. The rest are bearable.
Demon Go! is fun while you’re playing, but easily forgettable when you’re not. I liked that it felt challenging, but at times I was so frustrated I had to put it down. But that might be more to do with the fact that precise platformers aren’t really my thing. In any case, I was never 100% invested in the game, even when I liked the idea of it.
Is it Hardcore?
It tries to be
If you’re looking for something casual to play while you’re in the bathroom, give it a go.