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Demon Truck
Developed by: Triger Mountain
Published by: Adventurepro Games LLC
Release date: September 26, 2016
Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux
Genre: Shoot em’ up
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $4.99

Thank you Triger Mountain for sending us this game to review!

There’s not much of a story in Demon Truck other than you glorifying Satan by dispatching any obstacle or vehicle that gets between your fearsome truck and the Next Hell.  To make things interesting, your truck has a mind of its own and steers itself.  All you can do is ram into objects with temporary invincibility and shoot down enemies and bosses that get in your way.  Both your boost and ammunition gauges are limited and need time to recharge.  

While enemies can be avoided instead of shot down, you do get score bonuses for taking them all out in a perfect run.  If you miss just one enemy, you’ll get a mediocre rating.    After a wave is completed you’ll get to choose one out of two randomly selected power-ups.

 

Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun shoot ‘em up that is easy to learn, but hard to master
Weak Points: I felt guilty playing this at church
Moral Warnings: You’re driving a wicked truck that glorifies Satan by running over and mauling other vehicles; "demon's danglies" are a power-up; language on the Steam page but didn’t notice any in the game

 

You can equip your hellish rig with guided missiles, flame throwers, laser beams, and other options like the ability to hurl exploding clowns at your enemies.  The power-ups are stackable so showering your opponents with clowns is totally possible and rewarding.  There’s a Steam achievement for equipping three clowns at a time.  Other power-ups increase your ammo, health, and boost amount.  "Demon's danglies" increase your score multiplier which comes in handy if you’re looking to etch your name on the global leaderboards.   

In the beginning you start off with three health hearts (that are shaped like actual anatomical hearts).  Each time you collide with an obstacle or enemy attack you’ll lose one.  Replenishing your health is often a choice as a possible power-up after completing a wave.  Of course the game taunts you for choosing it by naming it “Heart of Cowardice.”  

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 90%
Gameplay - 19/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 9/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 73%
Violence - 6.5/10
Language - 7/10
Sexual Content - 8/10
Occult/Supernatural - 5/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The bosses are intimidating and require you to expertly time your attack and defensive maneuvers.  Once they are defeated you’ll earn an additional health heart.  Like the enemies and level layouts, the bosses are randomly selected.

The 2D visuals have a 16-bit look to them, but they look and run great on lower-end systems.  The explosions and fire particle effects look nice, especially after clearing a menacing boss!

Zircon composed the music in Demon Truck along with other games like Soulcalibur V,  Monkey Island 2 SE, and Phineas & Ferb: AT2D.  While he wasn’t the lead composer, he did assist in other popular titles like Street Fighter II THDR, and Crypt of the Necrodancer. The sound effects are good too.  

The $4.99 price tag is very reasonable for this well polished and fun game.  If it wasn’t for the hellish theme and demonic premise I would wholeheartedly recommend this title.  If you don’t mind glorifying Satan with your devious rig, then you’ll want to check out Demon Truck.  

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