Demon’s Crest
By Eric Kennedy Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009

Demon’s Crest is the third entry in a somewhat under-appreciated action-adventure series from Capcom. The trials and tribulations of Firebrand (a.k.a. the Red Demon from Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins) first began on the black & white Game Boy with Gargoyle’s Quest, and then graduated to the NES with the sequel, Gargoyle’s Quest II. Each game has boasted a longer quest than the last, with more items to collect, and more bosses to beat. Demon’s Crest rounds out the trilogy nicely with the jump to beautiful 16-bit graphics, a hauntingly captivating soundtrack, and the most in-depth adventure yet. At it’s heart, the Gargoyle’s Quest series is based on traditional platformer game play. Run and jump your way through side-scrolling levels while defeating enemies and protecting your

life bar. The added caveat here is that in addition to jumping, your character can hover in the air, and climb walls. Not only that, but he is inherently blessed with the ability to breathe can women take cialis fire at enemies. Altogether, the power at Firebrand’s immediate disposal makes you feel significantly more bad-ass than your typical platforming hero. Oh, and by the way: the main character in this one isn’t really a hero. He’s a power-hungry warrior driven by his thirst for battle. Firebrand doesn’t want to save the world; he wants to conquer it! The “anti-hero” plot is a welcome reprieve from the typical do-gooder storylines you find in this genre. The game is tinged with RPG flavors, similar in nature to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. You can upgrade your fire-breathing, learn spells, carry potions, and take on different forms that allow you to fly, swim, and even crash through walls. In order to unlock these abilities, there’s a lot of back-and-forth exploring between levels. While this might sound like your typical “fetch quest”, Demon’s Crest masks cialis low income it well with imaginative level design. Every stage has multiple paths, and you’re challenged with finding a way to uncover them. Discovery keeps the levels fresh, and extends the life of the game. The animation and artwork in Demon’s Crest fit the game perfectly. Firebrand looks fierce and menacing, as do the rest of the monsters that stand in your way. Each level has a distinct theme, with multiple detailed areas, and backgrounds that scroll beautifully contraindications of viagra behind you. When you fly from one area to the next, you’re treated to an impressive Mode 7 landscape sprawling underneath you. Bringing all of this together is the music, which is perfectly written and arranged for this game, and uses some of the best samples and tones that the Super Nintendo has to offer. It’s a masterful soundtrack that establishes the overall mood of the game, which is both action-packed and ominous. What propels this game from the ranks of the mediocre to a great platformer is the depth of the game play. Capcom gave this one the full treatment with multiple endings, plenty of power-ups to collect, and lots of hidden areas and items. You can attempt to generic viagra online canadian pharmacy defeat the final boss very early in the game, but even if you manage that very difficult task, you’re not getting everything out of this quest. Finding every last item, while at times frustrating, keeps you exploring the locales and trying new methods to uncover hidden paths. This is a saving grace, because if not for the secrets, the game wouldn’t be very challenging. Unlike most platformers, it offers unlimited continues and tons of checkpoints, so it’s not too hard to just get through the game. The bosses put up a bit of a fight, but it’s not until you start to go for 100% completion that the game will give you serious headaches. Offering up a diverse mix of platforming and adventure game elements, Demon’s Crest has enough meat to satisfy all but the most hardcore fans of either genre. Start to finish, it’s an enchanting experience on the Super Nintendo that shouldn’t be missed.

One Response to “Demon’s Crest”

  1. Zach Patterson Says:

    i find it hard to believe i never tried this game out. after reading your review, i think i need to find a copy, it sounds grrreeat

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