Note: This game was reviewed on original Turbografx 16 hardware with no emulation.
It is Devil’s Crush! Can this game get the blessed Malstrom Award? Is the game GOOD ENOUGH to not age and to keep you coming back again and again despite newer and ‘better’ games?
Devil’s Crush is a video pinball game. I have always loved games like Epic Pinball, and I love the simplicity of pinball. But I love how these video game pinballs do things in the game that real pinball tables cannot do.
This is a famous Turbografx 16 game and a staple of anyone’s library. The sound is crisp and phenomenal. The music is great. The artwork is inspired. There are even pentagrams! (Taken out of the Virtual Console version on the Wii, of course.) In the center of the table is a sleeping woman’s face. Over time, after bouncing your balls around her to keep trying to get points, she becomes a demonic reptilian creature (clearly this game is a reflection on marriage). There are other boards for the bonus stages. This game, unlike Alien Crush, scrolls smoothly up and down. I think it is better programmed than Alien Crush.
This game is simple, never gets old, and will keep calling you back to it again and again. There aren’t too many other games like it. This game was ported to Genesis as Dragon’s Fury which has its pluses and minuses. But the original on TG16 is phenomenal.
Listen to it! Look at it! The game has weight, has force. You don’t see such immersion in a pinball game of all things. The gothic vibe of this game is truly excellent.
My playthroughs vary. Sometimes, I die very fast. But sometimes, when I just thought I would be playing for ten minutes, the game turns into an hour because I am not dying, and I’m racking up points. It is not much more to say about the game than what you can see in the videos. How much can I describe pinball???
I can’t find any faults in the game except one that has more to do with the TG 16 hardware. TG 16 cannot save games unless you have a TurboBooster Plus (impossible to find today). Your high scores are unlikely to be saved. Does that make the game not enjoyable? Nah. This is probably the best video pinball game ever made. It’s style is still interesting after all these years. It get’s a Malstrom Award.
Above: Playing this game will make you more interesting, wealthier, and even attractive to women. Yes, hardcore gamer, all things are possible with the Turbografx 16.
-TG 16 Games Reviewed-
Malstrom Awards: (Addictive and Awesome even today, they refuse to age. Score of 10)
Devil’s Crush (Imaginative sound and theme. You’ll keep coming back to this one.)
Gradius (Four options can cause slowdown, but this arcade port remains difficult and legendary.)
R-type (Never gets old because it can never be beaten. Fun to try here and there.)
Honorable Mentions: (Good games that are flawed or gameplay has suffered aging. Score of 6-9)
(7) Alien Crush (Interesting, addictive, but flawed. Good to play as a break to Devil’s Crush)
Don’t bother: (Not that fun to play today. Score of 5 and below.)
(5) Neutopia (boring, bad game design, can’t hold a candle to Zelda, fire wand is only thing going for this game)
(3) Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition (2 button controller is terrible for 6 button game. Good luck getting a 6 button controller.)