Release Date: August 21, 2014 | Price: $3.99 | Rating: M
Genre: RTS/RPG | Platform: 3DS eShop
Publisher: Circle Entertainment | Developer: Lanon
Circle Entertainment is no stranger to Nintendo’s digital stores as they’ve published quite a few DSi games over the years. Now, Circle Entertainment is focused on bringing digital games to the Nintendo eShop. Their latest offering on the Nintendo eShop is Demon King Box, developed by Lanon, a visually stunning, real-time strategy game with RPG elements.
Demon King Box tells the story of a demon pig named Poohdark and his quest to help the Demon Lord reclaim Demon World. Demon Lord, once the ruler of Demon World, was sealed in the Demon King Box by humans in a previous war. After many years, the seal on the box weakens and the Demon Lord escapes. Now, the Demon Lord calls upon Poohdark to help him lead an army of demons against the human warriors.
The story is told mostly through dialogue between the game’s many characters. This method is perfectly fine for a game like this, though it sometimes falls apart because of the game’s translation and overall broken English. The story, while never really too complicated, can be hard to follow at times because of the above issues. In fact, the story is the only downfall of Demon King Box as the game delivers on all other fronts.
Demon King Box puts the player in control of an army of demons, each with their own abilities and stats. Each level takes place on a battlefield that is separated into five different lanes. It is your responsibility to summon demons to one of the five lanes to defend your demon hero, and fight an army on the opposite side. Summoning demons is done simply by touching their icon on the touchscreen, then dragging them to the desired lane. Smaller demons can only occupy the main three lanes, while the two lanes in between those three are for summoning the larger demons.
Summoning demons will use up spirit, which gradually regenerates as you battle. Each demon takes up a specific amount of spirit, so choosing wisely at the beginning of each battle is a must. After summoning a demon, they will go through a cool down period before they can be summoned again. Overall, this system is extremely easy to learn and use, which makes Demon King Box a joy to play.
There are two different types of levels in Demon King Box: regular battles, and boss battles. The objective during regular battles is to defeat a set number of enemy demons while defending your demon hero. The demon hero you choose can be important as each one has different HP and abilities that can help you sway the battle in your favor. In boss battles, defending your demon hero is still important, though instead of defeating a set number of enemies, you must defeat the boss demon at the end of the lane.
On the surface, Demon King Box seems repetitive, though there is enough content here to keep the experience fresh. After each battle, you will receive food that can be fed to your demons to level up their stats. Levelling up your demons will be necessary to overcome some of the more difficult levels, though testing different teams of demons will also be important. You’ll get new members for your team as you play the game, so mixing and matching becomes a big part of the experience.
Visually, Demon King Box is absolutely stunning. Its anime-like, hand-drawn graphics are a delight to look at. These visuals are stylish and colorful, giving the game an excellent sense of uniqueness amongst the countless pixel games. There is no stereoscopic 3D in Demon King Box, though its absence is certainly not missed. The game is rated M and there is some slight nudity, though the game never crosses the line and isn’t constantly shoving it in your face. In saying that, the game is certainly not for the younger audience. Before concluding this review, I want to add a small snippet about the game’s audio. The music and sound effects are both great and add to the game’s overall atmosphere. Maybe the music won’t be remembered like themes from Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda, though it serves its purpose well in Demon King Box.
Demon King Box is a worthy purchase at $3.99, especially if you’re into line defense games with RTS and RPG elements. The main game will take anywhere between 6 and 7 hours to complete, with more hours put into leveling up your team, exploring post game content, or getting all the game’s achievements. Demon King Box is a surprise hit and an excellent addition to the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
9/10 – Excellent
Review copy provided by Circle Entertainment