REVIEW: Battle For Demon City

Starring a PS1-era Lara Croft lookalike named Alice, Battle For Demon City ($1.00) is about as campy as you can get. Like ‘B Movie’ campy. It dresses up and sounds the part, and it probably doesn’t hurt that everyone in the game is very… chesty, shall we say. Well, except for the dudes, but it can be hard to determine which is which. Nor is its visage very ‘demonic’, as the enemies look more like humans cosplaying as cats than the hellspawn they’re supposed to be.

The tale it spins is equally cheesy, with a student demon named Thalia (playing like a petulant schoolgirl, of course) sending her minions to take over the city and turn it into a giant maze of same-y streets and buildings. Alice is left to fend for herself against the horny hordes that come in several waves per level, while simultaneously being forced to navigate the randomly-generated maze without a mapping function or a change of scenery, like, ever (…a true Hell on Earth indeed).

To make matters more compelling (i.e. worse), your progress is intermittently-blocked by gates that require keys, leading to some backtracking and fetching. Otherwise, it’s a straightforward shooter, with you moving from police station to police station, albeit one that functions as a marketplace instead of a bastion of law and order, selling you the occasional weapon upgrade and / or ammunition. Because Capitalism!

Stages end with a rush of enemies or a boss fight that introduces a new foot solider, and sometimes you’re treated with short cutscenes that do their exposition thing and / or briefly break the fourth wall. Oddly, these moments are the best part of Battle For Demon City, making it all the more painful once you return to the actual gameplay.

Battle For Demon City - Screen

Catfight!

Combat loses its zeal quickly, and mowing down the same enemies a hundred times over (there’s a joke for this) doesn’t help. Occasionally they will grapple Alice, leading to a button-mashing QTE that ends with her popping a round into her attacker’s dome (which is kinda neat), but fights can only really be lost when they gang up on you in numbers. Even then, it’s hard to take these threats seriously when they’re coming from demons named ‘Gregg’ and ‘Carl’, and their damage output is slightly above a slap. The game is generous with both health drops and continues, so there’s little chance of danger sidelining you.

Battle For Demon City walks the line between tedium and strangely-fascinating most of the way. In the end, tedium wins out. You could almost categorize it as one of those ‘So Bad it’s Good’ guilty pleasures, were it not for the repetitive cityscapes and mostly-soundless gunplay (I get music for the last thirty seconds of a level and that’s it?). It’s not without some merit. The game rests on an obligatory cliffhanger, and so help me, I’d actually play Round Two of wherever the hell this ‘Lara Croft vs. The Cat Demons’ thing is going. Is that bad?

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This review is also featured on Indiepitome

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6 thoughts on “REVIEW: Battle For Demon City”

  1. Honestly, switch the charecters to males, make em look more like classical demons, add difficulty levels, melee attacks, and you’ve got yourself a decent title.
    But Tim, lets consider this: ITS A B.O.B. GAME WITH ACTUAL WORKABLE GAMEPLAY! The end is upon us due to the inherent paradoxies involved.

    1. Damn near it (‘The End’, that is). I called it before. There WILL be a quality boob game yet. Might even make the leaderboard. That will surely signify the start of some sort of apocalypse, yes.

      The male characters in BFDC just look strange to me. Sort of like gladiators, in a way. Who knew the Devil was massing an army of catwomen and gladiators all this time? I sure didn’t. The game is certainly workable, though, if you find something to tone down the repetition. I don’t know if the Dev has any actual plans to make a sequel, though I was entirely serious about wanting to play it.

      I’m into the odd stuff and B Movie plots. Can’t help it. 🙂 Still waiting on The Undead Syndrome part 2 to pop up on the marketplace.

    1. Well if you are feeling like a glutton for horrid Tim, there is one called lifeguard out now.
      Standard BoB stuff on tha one I guess. Have fun.

    2. @averystrangeplace: Whew, thank you for that. I was almost starting to feel like a good person there for a second. False alarm. Turns out I’m just a critic.

      @Saansilt: David / ImTheMetalLord steered me clear of Lifeguard. The screenshots make it seem pretty terrible, and he said it was just casual minigame stuff— with an ample serving of boobs, of course. $3 for me to pan it in a review? Nah, I’ll let that one drown. Plenty of other boobs in the sea, as they say 🙂

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