Originally released on the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990, â€œDevilâ€™s Crushâ€ was quietly regarded as not only one of the best console pinball games during that time, but one of the best games on the system. Now nearly 20 years later, the game has been re-released on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console.
Even though its star has dimmed over the past decade and change, old-school enthusiasts will still find it a charming entry into the Virtual Console catalog. Gamers unfamiliar with both the game and console pinball games in general will also find it an entertaining tribute to a genre long forgotten.
While the gameplay is simple, as the game consists of just one three-tier table, the gameâ€™s difficulty makes up for its lack of depth and gives it the versatility needed to be truly enjoyable. However, despite the gameâ€™s solid difficulty, itâ€™s the core gameplay that will force gamers to come back for more.
You see, this isnâ€™t your normal pinball game.
The table for instance, consist of living things, ranging from sorcerers, demon birds, soldiers and a beautiful queen that ends up turning into something quite different. Throughout the game, youâ€™ll start to see things on the table change and thatâ€™s where most of the fun is had. Seeing the progression of the queen on the second tier is an experience no other pinball game has reproduced since and the gameâ€™s mini-bosses also add a luster and depth that sometimes make the game feel like something more than your average pinball experience.
As a matter of fact, after a few hours with it, youâ€™ll be positive it isnâ€™t.
However, it is far from perfect. For example, the gameâ€™s graphics and sound arenâ€™t on the same level as some of the other games released on the TurboGrafx-16 at the time. While the game does have its own sense of style and the graphics definitely capture the essence of a demonic pinball table, they are still a bit dark and muddy. The gameâ€™s sound is also slightly mediocre as the same track plays during the game, with another track playing during the mini-boss stages. Nevertheless, the gameâ€™s sound doesnâ€™t particularly take anything away from the solid overall package that is â€œDevilâ€™s Crush.â€
The gameâ€™s physics arenâ€™t exactly perfect either, as the pinball sometimes has a mind of its own, but considering how old the title is, itâ€™s to be expected. During the multi-ball parts of the game, gamers may get frustrated at times at how fast or slow the balls move. Nonetheless, you wonâ€™t have any problems big enough to take you away from the game.
With that being said, itâ€™s hard not to appreciate such a solid game that despite its weaknesses is still fairly enjoyable and challenging.
Anyone looking for something different on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console can do a lot worse than â€œDevil Crush.â€
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