Don't let the name of developer Cuddle Monster Games fool you. Their creation, Hell Is Other Demons, is a different beast altogether. The arcade shooter features precise controls, a striking color scheme and, as you might have guessed, tough gameplay that's reminiscent of yesteryear's coin cabinets. Let us dive into hell and see what all the fuss is about.
Controlling a rebel demon, you set out to right the wrongs currently plaguing your home realm. This mission entails going from stage to stage, shooting everything in your path with a swappable arsenal of fiendish armaments. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the striking color palette is great, but if you ever grow tired of the barrage of colors, you can simply pause the game and change them. Seeing red, grey and black is fun for a couple of minutes, changing them to pink, black and purple may just reinvigorate your sense of sight. Pixel art is the name of the proverbial game here. Playing it on my 48" screen brought out each pixel, enabling me to truly take in the game and its bold color scheme.
Back on the crazy ranch, the campaign consists of a handful of areas, each with their own boss fight. Completing the campaign unlocks the final area with a brutal end-boss battle. Shortly after starting the campaign, you unlock a shop. A simple reward, sure, but one you'll use throughout your crusade. Gaining currency and buying new weapons gives you more options to tackle each stage. Struggling with a seemingly insurmountable stage? why not purchase different weapons and give it another go? Souped up weapons might annihilate foes, but they will do little to protect you against environmental hazards.
...Hell Is Other Demons is not afraid to introduce new enemies at a steady pace.
One other aspect to take note of is the synthwave soundtrack.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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Cuddle Monster Games
20 May 2019
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