Review: Book of Demons (Steam)

Book of Demons is a Hack & Slash Deck-building hybrid in which YOU decide the length of quests. Wield magic cards instead of weapons and slay the armies of darkness in the dungeons below the Old Cathedral. Save the terror-stricken Paperverse from the clutches of the Archdemon himself!

Pros:

  • Cardboard looking graphics.
  • 698MB Download size.
  • Controller support.
  • Three save slots.
  • Three game modes- Casual, Normal and roguelike.
  • Online leaderboards with filters.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Dungeon crawler card battler gameplay.
  • Earn EXP, Level up and pick between health or mana.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Village-Hub where you can interact with NPC and shops/blacksmiths etc.
  • Clear easy to read UI. Kind of Diablo/Wow style with globes at either end showing health and mana.
  • Movement- There is a path you follow and you can change direction whenever. Your right stick/mouse has a cursor that you use to interact with pots/interactions and fighting.
  • Auto attack- Does damage but you do more damage if you click attack manually.
  • Footsteps- Show where you have been and change color to let you know if loot can still be found or if the area is empty/clear.
  • Stats screen with a full breakdown.
  • Earn/unlock avatars.
  • Share to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Ongoing tutorials.
  • Flexiscope- Lets you choose the size (time) of your dungeon to explore. Changing the settings and affects rewards/progress and gold.
  • End of level breakdown and recap.
  • Cauldron- Ingredients found in the dungeon can get transformed into loot. If you die then you lose any stuff in the cauldron.
  • Procedurally Generated Dungeons.
  • Dungeons & Streamers – Twitch and Mixer integration.
  •  70+ different types of monsters
  • Cards are collected and used as items and attacks in the game. Assign cards to build your loadout as it were.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Easy to get into.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Feels like Diablo meets card battler in a way.

Cons:

  • Graphics are a minimal just resolution, display, and v-sync.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Some small text.
  • Takes a little while to get going.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

Well, I love me some Diablo and I love card battlers. In this game they marry the two in such a way that it maintains the ease of entry like a hack and slash game, Make menus look all busy with cards but simplify it right down and accessible. Course the graphics are quirky yet work really well and look fantastic. What I like is just how I can put the game on and make my own dungeon size up and just chill out and have fun. The game is difficult but only as difficult as you make it. It has a lot of mechanics on the go but it never feels overwhelming. The cauldron is a clever addition and with a decent set of characters, The world feels alive and full of wonder. Fantastic game that dares to be different and nails it!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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