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Aug 23, 2005 | 2:27 AM EDT
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(Now with the double jumping bug fixed)

You are Bill, a somewhat wimpy but extremely plucky young demon. To get more respect in the underworld, you'll descend through the nine circles of Hell, in hopes of getting the autograph of the Devil Himself. Basically a running / jumping / screaming / soul eating platformer.

This is a port of a Mac game I wrote way back in '96. In fact it's virtually a rewrite, because I brilliantly lost the original Pascal source. A friendly soul with a Mac, Chaz McGarvey, extracted the original images, sounds, and level definitions for me, and then I had essentially to reverse engineer my own game. There are a few new features, including an extra level at the end, that weren't in the original.

Making a port imposed a few design constraints. One is music: I know how desirable background music is, but I couldn't bear to fiddle with the original recordings (taken by holding a tape recorder over a piano and playing it back into a computer).

Another is difficulty. I like games to be *hard*. I grew up on arcade games like Ghosts 'n Goblins where the commercial pressure was to kill off the player as quickly as possible and get his next quarter. Ever since Nintendo and especially Super Mario Bros the emphasis has been on the console / PC markets and creating an environment to explore, so naturally the games have gotten easier. I actually did adjust a setting or two to make this version a tiny bit easier than the Mac one.

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Fluttershylover69Fluttershylover69

Rated 3 / 5 stars

A good game but your health runs out to fast, maybe make "space" be the scream button, so players don't waste there health when they fail to eat a soul.



nbombnbomb

Rated 5 / 5 stars

i forgot what fun was. thanks for the great game.


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papapizzapapapizza

Rated 5 / 5 stars

OMG I REMEMBER THIS GAME!! XD

I PLAYED THIS WHEN I AM 5 YEARS OLD OMG THIS GAME IS SO OLD AND ITS AWESOMENELY AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!


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timn8r123timn8r123

Rated 5 / 5 stars

People need to realize how old this game is...

This game was originally made for mac OS 7. It may feel dated and that is because it is really old. The game is a really fun platformer that has held up surprisingly well. It may become frustrating towards the end with invisible blocks as well as visible blocks you pass right through but that does not mean the game is bad.


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ErichoEricho

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Nice for what it is

I think the best thing about this was probably how well you could move around. It was nice how you appeared to be relatively small and had tons of wide open space. What was also sweet was how you were able to so easily destroy things. I knew this was going to be hard. I think you have to scream at just the right time if you want to jump extra high. I'll probably never understand it myself, but it's something fairly interesting. The sprite work is actually fairly well done.

While I'm not a big fan of this kind of animation, it's still good. You really don't see many using this style anymore. I like how this monstrous demon has a name like Bill. He's really not wimpy at all, but then again, I didn't get that far in the game, so maybe he gets weaker later on. It's a pretty good little time waster and I appreciated it.