Demon Attack

Critic Score User Score
VIC-20
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Atari 8-bit
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3.8
Intellivision
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3.2
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Demon Attack Atari 8-bit More on screen now
Demon Attack PC Booter Shoot a demon - get two more. (PCjr Cartridge version)
Demon Attack PC Booter Later levels feature both splitting demons and lasers. (PCjr Cartridge version)
Demon Attack Atari 2600 Demons attacking you with lasers

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. Atari 2600 gametrader (229)
Simplistic and unexciting, even by 1982 standards Atari 2600 Martin Smith (63066)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Intellivision Mar 05, 2006 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jul 11, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Tilt Atari 2600 Mar, 1983 5 out of 6 83
VideoGame Atari 2600 Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TeleMatch Intellivision May, 1983 2 out of 6 80
IGN Atari 2600 Aug 26, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Mar 22, 2002 B 75
The Video Game Critic Odyssey 2 May 10, 2001 B 75
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jan, 1983 3 out of 6 60
TeleMatch Odyssey 2 May, 1983 3 out of 6 60

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Trivia

Lawsuit

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.)

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue 46 - #13 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Servo

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