Demon’s Crystals Review: Dual-Stick Fun

Taking elements from some of the best dual-stick shooters of all-time, Demon’s Crystals is a game that ultimately thrives on the PlayStation 4, but truth be told, it would have been an even better arcade game back in the day.

With elements of both Pac-Man and Robotron 2084, gamers must collect crystals and defeat hordes of enemies to advance. With its anime-inspired visuals and four-player co-op and competitive gameplay, as well as a story-mode, it’s essentially a dual-stick version of TowerFall. Easily accessible and fun, it’s a game that can bring in just about anyone. However, with a bevy of powerups and a difficulty that reaches the insane at times, hardcore fans of the genre will find it a real treat.

Although the story isn’t nearly as inviting as it could be, it’s an arcade-styled romp that makes it easy to get lost in. Taking an ode from Contra, the game is difficult, but powerups come into pay at all the right times. A slew of different enemies spice up the gameplay even further. As a result, although a downloadable title, from an indie developer, there’s plenty to do and experience.

With so many different modes and the tried and true, dual-stick shooting action, Demon’s Crystals is a game that is best played in a party format, but one that old-school gamers will absolutely eat up.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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