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Demon Attack

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Released: 1982

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari 2600

Publisher: Imagic

Developer: Imagic

Submitted by: Nick DeMarco

Probably one of the more overlooked shooters in the Atari 2600’s library, Demon Attack could very well be dismissed by gamers at first glance as a near copy of Phoenix, but I feel this is doing a huge discredit to the quality of game players can find in Demon Attack.

While certainly straight forward like most shooters of the time, Demon Attack becomes increasingly more difficult with each passing level, offering players the challenges of fast moving foes, as well as those that split apart into smaller targets, making them more difficult to finish off.

The sounds of demons flying onto the screen becomes a very iconic sound bite, the more and more you play the game, and while the controls aren’t quite as spot on as other shooters, in time players can grasp the controls as well as that ultra stiff Atari 2600 joystick can allow you.

While you certainly can’t put Demon Attack on the same levels as those of Space Invaders, Missile Command, or other iconic Atari era shooters, there’s still enough there to keep the average 2600 shooter fan entertained. I would still consider Demon Attack slightly above average in the overall presentation.