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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.



Rated 3 / 5 stars


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


Rated 4 / 5 stars

HEY! I remember this game!

I actually HAD it on my Mac way back in the day, boy this takes me back.

I love gobbling up the little souls of the damned.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

ok preety good

why hes a preety cute little peaple eat sould deworor thing


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

My Keyboard dosn't have a Jump Key

For those of you who dont have a "jump key", its up arrow =)
(WTF is a jump key? is it like an "Any key"?)


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Great game

the game play is nice. The long jumps can get a little weird with going forever almost. the graphics were cool but reminded me of the old crappy game on my grandmas computer. sounds repetitive . eating souls was cool. I would like to see more but maybe touch up the graphics add backround music . and call it bill the demon 2: never ending hell. that would be cool.