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Demon Attack (Atari 2600)

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Demon Attack is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You control a laser canon at the bottom of the screen, and need to destroy wave after wave of brightly colored demons. The demons bounce around the screen in bizarre patterns, and try to destroy your canon with bombs or lasers. When you shoot a demon, it will be replaced with another or will split into two smaller demons depending on which wave you are playing. When the required number of demons for the current round is finally destroyed, you can move on to the next, more difficult round.


Demon Attack Atari 2600 Some demons will split into smaller ones when shot
Demon Attack Atari 2600 Fighting the attacking demons
Demon Attack Atari 2600 Title screen
Demon Attack Atari 2600 A game in progress

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Demon Attack" -- TI-99/A4 title
  • "Demon Attack +" -- Jopac release title

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User Reviews

Hypnotic and Zen like minimalistic shooter. A classic. gametrader (229) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Simplistic and unexciting, even by 1982 standards Martin Smith (63054) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

The Press Says

The Atari Times Jul 11, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Tilt Mar, 1983 5 out of 6 83
VideoGame Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Mar 22, 2002 B 75
IGN Aug 26, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
TeleMatch Jan, 1983 3 out of 6 60


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In 1982 Atari sued Imagic due to Demon Attack's similarity to Phoenix.

Version differences

The PC Booter version of Demon Attack was available on both a PCjr cartridge and a 5.25" disk. Both versions were identical, except the disk release had a title screen which was missing on the cartridge version (probably due to the more limited size of the PCjr cartridges.)


  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue 46 - #13 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
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