10th Mar2020

Digital Shorts: ‘Demon Pit’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Phil Wheat

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Demon Pit, a Doom-esque arean shooter available now on the Nintendo Switch.

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Imagine, if you will, a Doom or Quake-esque game (just look at the screenshot above) but set in one arena – an arena where there’s no escape from the waves of monsters and demons coming at you. An arena where all you can do is survive, killing as many enemies as you can and aiming for a high score… THAT is Demon Pit.

What Demon Pit is also, is INCREDIBLY hard. Like so hard its gets frustrating… throw your Switch frustrating. At first that is. It’s takes a myriad of goes attacking each wave an experiencing the changes in the arean landscape – for it does change, with added walls, lava pits and more – for you to get a grip on how to play them game. Go in heavy handed and you’ll die. A lot. LOTS. This is a game where you must stratgically plan how to move around the arena, how to combat each different enemy, and how to stay alive.

There’s no hiding in Demon Pit. Yes, there may be walls that rise up for you to run behind, but the flying monsters will easily get over the wall and in your face, whilst the ground-based demons know where you are at all times anyway and are constantlyy making a b-line for you. Nowhere is safe. What is safe is using the teleportation panels to instantly “jump” around the arean, what is safe is managing to get a more powerful weapon. But beware, badass guns don’t last as long as you think and just when you think that shotgun (for example) is on the way to destroying all the bad guys you’ll run out of bullets and be back to the standard pea-shooter of a gun!

It took quite some time for me to get to grips with Demon Pit. After all, I was trying to play this Doom-looking game like I play Doom – barge in head-first killing anything and everything that got in my way. I failed. I failed over and over and over. And just when I was about to give up ever plaiyng that game again, something clicked. After that it became less frustrating in regards to constantly dying and more frustrating as I tried over and over to beat my own high score!

To go from hatred to addiction is, in my eyes, one hell (pardon the pun) of a trip… into the Demon Pit (groan..!)

Demon Pit is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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