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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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CheesiusCheesius

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 27, 2005

This was my FAVORITE old mac game

I LOVED this game. After I downloaded it, I played it constantly (never beat it tho). I started with the black and white version (because the color version was just too much for my old Mac LCII). Then I went hunting for more stuff by you, and couldn't find anything. I was disappointed... But now you've made it into flash! Excellent. I shall now play it.

The response on the keys isn't quite as smooth as it was in the old version. When I jump, there's this little delay that I don't remember.

the souls running away when you scream is a nice addition, I don't recall that.

The red things that come out of the ground like waves to eat you - I remember them being much faster.

Ok, enough comparison to the original. This is an awesome little game with a great plot, and biased though I may be, I'd recommend it to everyone. Yay! I love Bill the Demon.


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homie6homie6

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 27, 2005

Hehe, great!

Now that was original! Much fun, but i couldn't get past the flying eye part in circle 1, with the spikes.



DarkMagicienDarkMagicien

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars August 27, 2005

hehe

Well good game ^^ I liked it



creedawsomecreedawsome

Rated 3 / 5 stars August 27, 2005

pretty good

it was actually entertaining, good work



XyrodXyrod

Rated 3 / 5 stars August 27, 2005

cool!

I still have this game on my Mac. Don't play it a lot though... Still just as fun!