It's getting to a point where I'm starting to think I'm just not even a fan of the Ghosts N Goblins series. I replayed the original GNG earlier this year (or was it last year? Hmm...) and even though the nostalgia was there, I didn't actually ENJOY it. I played Super Ghouls N Ghosts a couple months back and lost interest FAST. And thinking back - I feel like everything else I've played in the series has been pretty meh for me. Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins? Maximo? I'm just not feeling it.
But I figured I'd give Demon's Crest a try because it's part of my Switch Online subscription. And guess what? I'm glad I didn't go buy this SNES cart.
I will start by saying that the game is BEAUTIFUL to look at. This one really nails the 16-bit macabre vibe that it's going for. Even more so than Super Ghouls N Ghosts did. This is on par with Super Castlevania IV, visually. The music is... fine.
Playing as Firebrand is pretty good. He's certainly easier to use than Arthur ever was. He's got more attacks and he can fly. It's pretty good.
But I don't know. Something's not clicking for me. And I think it's the vaguely Metroidvania elements. There's six areas for you to explore (available via a Mode 7 map!) and eh, I don't really feel like they're interesting enough for me to want to hop around and revisit each. Just the whole idea of gaining these new powers and coming back to levels to explore further. Maybe that's just not my jam anymore. I had a similar feeling when I played Shanae Half-Genie Hero last year.
So maybe it's not the game. Maybe it's me. Either way, I'm not into this one.