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Bill the Demon

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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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this was my childhood

when i was a kid i didn't realize that the game was made in 96 that's impressive

I can't complete circle 8. Here's the password for circle 8: J8ZX0XB5D0
I hope someone can complete it.
By the way, this is the password of the circle I have passed. I hope it will be useful.

LOVE this game, my older brothers got me hooked on it growing up. It's a perfect balance of a simple design with a high enough difficulty to keep you interested but not wanting to punch through your screen. My ONLY and SINGLE complaint is that I wish you could pause the game mid-play. Why is this not a feature??

This is a really great and fun game, but there should be separate buttons for screaming and eating. Keep up the great work.

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3.89 / 5.00

Aug 23, 2005
2:27 AM EDT