Friday 17 March 2023

Devil World (NES review)

Developer: Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Released: 1987

Devil World is a single-screen action game that takes some cues from Pac-Man (1980, Arcade).

+ Does enough to differentiate itself from its inspiration, and its deceptively simple premise hides a much deeper foundation.

+ Assorted mechanics all work together beautifully and create tension-filled, multi-layered gameplay.

+ Moving playfield is similar to Squish (1986, Game & Watch), and it's fun having to constantly re-evaluate your tactics.

+ Bonus items are a clever risk-reward idea, as while they gain you points they also temporarily stop you in your tracks.

+ Above-average graphics for the time, excellent Black Box style jingles, and the two-player mode is a nice addition.

- Would have benefited from a few additional stage layouts, as despite the enjoyable gameplay it does get repetitive.

- Bonus Rounds give chances to earn extra lives, but there's little deviation from the main stages and they lack imagination.

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