Jul 7, 2011
If we’re to believe videogames, improbably-haired Asian teenagers are always being dragged into parallel universes. Once there, they must fight demons, have awkward conversations with large-breasted women and save one, some, or all of the days.
The latest entrant into this genre is Demon Hunter, an Android action RPG that casts you in the role of the subtly named Gun. Gun is dragged into an alternate reality by the even subtler named demon, Greed, and from there has to fight things, collect things and engage in badly translated dialogue exchanges with grumpy NPCs.
Demon Hunter is a side scrolling 2D beat-’em-up with RPG questing overtones and a frankly perplexing levelling and upgrade system. Armed with a sword and a gun, which you can swap between with the tap of an on-screen button, you guide Gun on a quest to find out what in alterna-Hell is going on.
Combat is quick and rewarding, with everything you need for slaughter displayed clearly on the screen. The only let down is the size of the buttons you’re using to control Gun â€“ they’re a little small, and sometimes you’ll find yourself leaping in the air when you meant to bring a large sword crushing down on the head of an enemy.
The screen might be a little cluttered on smaller Android devices, but the action runs smoothly and there’s always something to be doing or killing. The respawn rate of enemies is perhaps a tad too high â€“ you’ll sometimes be hacking the last of the on-screen enemies to death, only to find that the first three you killed are back and hungry for vengeance.
If you can get past the poor translation and the few niggles outlined above, then you’ll find Demon hunter to be a rewarding experience. The combat is fun and although the story is a gibbering bucket of nonsense, there’s plenty to do, explore and murder. Just a warning though, there seem to be some problems with the game’s latest update and rooted phones. Whilst that doesn’t change the quality of the experience, make sure you read up on whether it’ll work on your device before you download it.