Demon's Crest Review by: rka0917DemonÂ´s Crest SNES review
Demon´s Crest is one of my favorite SNES games off all time. I don't think I've had this much fun with many games that I've had with this one. It is something about this game that attracts me.
In Demon´s Crest, you control a demon from Ghost n Goblins (or at least a identical looking one) called Firebrand. The story involves the demon realm where demons like Firebrand live. A civil war broke out in the demon realm due to the 6 crests that represent the elements: Water, Earth, Fire, Time, Heaven and Air. Everybody wanted those crests so they could summon the crest of infinity that would grant the bearer of the crests infinite powers. Firebrand wants a hold of these crests (we never get to know why though, so i have no idea if you´re actually a good guy or if your motives are selfish). During a battle with the Demon dragon in an attempted effort to steal the crest of heaven, Firebrand gets wounded and he loses all the crests to Phalanx, Firebrands nemesis. However, he does keep a small part of the fire crest, which acts as your first weapon in the game. The story can be a bit hard to understand so i presented a nice recap for you.
The gameplay has a very interesting way to deal with the gameplay. The first thing you are going to notice with how Firebrand controls is that you can stay in mid-air as long as you like, which is unusual for many games from this age. You can also climb walls and do a special attack that differs on the crest you are wearing.
There is 2 kind of crest powerups that you can collect throughout the game. The crest powerups that grants you to change form and differ in projectiles and other abilities, like the earth crest lets you bash certain objects, the air crest lets you fly and so on. The other half is the remaining fire crest pieces. When collected, the fire form will get alternative projectiles.
This game also have shops where you can buy potions and spells (if you have a empty scroll and a empty vial, which can be found scattered all over the game) , although the spells are useless and you won't really need potions until the end of the game.
First time playing, you might assume that the game is really short as you can complete the game after 4 stages and pretty pathetic final boss, without finding all the crests. If you do that though, you get the bad ending. In order to find all the crests, you need to revisit levels since there is ALOT of hidden passways that you need to look out for. In reality, there are 6 stages that you need to explore and every stage has a secret passway that leads into another boss. Once you find all the crests (except for crest of heaven, since the final boss has it) and fight the final boss, you'll get the Not so bad - ending. If you want the good ending, you need to find all crests and all extra items (vials, empty scrolls, amulets) which will open up the final phase of the Phalanx, which is one of the hardest bosses I've ever defeated.
The things i really like with this game is the powerups and the depth of all the levels. The level design is really good, considering that you can fly! The bosses are exciting to fight and there's alot of them! The levels are creative and backtracking never feels like unnecessary busywork as you always get to see an exciting new part of the levels. The game is not that difficult, but can provide a challenge from time to time (although you'll breeze through alot of things when you get the crest of air and time). However, i still put a score of 10 on difficulty? Why did i do that? That is because the final boss form of Phalanx is a really hard bastard and he is not even the worst one! When you get the good ending, you'll eventually get a code. If you input this code, you'll finally get the crest of heaven which is the power of all crest put together in one. You'll also see a extra stage on the world map. This stage contain a bonus boss called the "Dark demon". You need to beat him to get the best ending. Problem is, HE IS THE HARDEST BOSS EVER!!! This guy is a nightmare! He is by far, the HARDEST BOSS I´VE EVER SEEN. I can't beat him with a backpack full of health potions. Although i am still trying and i will beat him one day.
Still, this is one game you don't wanna miss out. If anybody is looking for a SNES masterpiece, this game is a must. That is all.