Exorcist Review

Exorcist Review

Jul 10, 2012

Exorcist is a game where the character being controlled is out to stomp out some evil creatures. With the overhead view, it is easy to see the fast moving spiders, bats and other attacking creatures. The hard part is attacking before they do. When enemies attack, they are do so in waves. Each wave is a bit stronger or there are more creatures attacking.

When the enemies are terminated, they leave behind some gold. The gold is used in the store to buy more and better weapons, armor, potions and magic. All of which have a limited number of uses. If in the middle of attacking a wave of evil all of the arrows from the crossbow are used up, more can be bought without leaving the game. Crystals can also be used to purchase items in the game. However, the crystals are a more difficult to earn. When a wave is completed and almost no damage is taken on, crystals are awarded. Crystals can also be purchased in-game with real world money.

The controls for Exorcist are an onscreen joystick and buttons. These controls are more accurate than similar controls in others games I have played. While moving the player around, there is a little arrow to guide the way. Just head towards the way the compass looking arrow points and there is sure to be a battle waiting in the midst. The control type can be changed in the settings to a “tap and run” kind of control. Just tap the part of the screen where the character should go and she will head there.

Starting out, there is only access to one of the 5 areas of the game. The Entrance is where the game begins. Once more levels are completed, other areas are available like the Cemetery and Hell. As the game progresses, Exorcist does get quite challenging.

Demon Hunter Review

Demon Hunter Review

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 – 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 – 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.