Demon Attack

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Commodore 64
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 Odyssey 2 Stage two enemies.
Demon Attack Atari 8-bit Game over
Demon Attack Atari 8-bit Early in the game
Demon Attack Odyssey 2 Stage four enemies.

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 (63031)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Intellivision Mar 05, 2006 A 100
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
The Video Game Critic Odyssey 2 May 10, 2001 B 75
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Mar 22, 2002 B 75
IGN Atari 2600 Aug 26, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
TeleMatch Odyssey 2 May, 1983 3 out of 6 60
TeleMatch Atari 2600 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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