Clash at Demonhead

Pixelcade on Friday, 12 August 2011. Posted in Retro Game of the Week

January 1990. Listen up, soldier. This is a message from S.A.B.R.E. (Special Assault Brigade for Real Emergencies). We have an urgent need to spread the word about a great open-ended platform game for the Nintendo Entertainment System known as Clash at Demonhead. Your R and R is now over. Report to your game cave, and let's get to work.

What the heck am I talking about? Well, if you had the game you'd still be saying the exact same thing. This game is one of the craziest fun platformers to come out of the late generation of the NES. Clash at Demonhead stars you as Sergeant Bang! The intro stills show you resting on the beach with your girlfriend when a message interrupts: A new bomb has been created that will -- of course -- destroy the world.

Editor's Note: Metroid and Castlevania get most of the attention from fans of side-scrolling platform-adventure games, but they aren't the only good ones. Pixelcade gives his take on another fine example of the genre. -mossy_11

This is one of those games I rented because the box art and the screenshots looked way too cool. I mean, come on, it has a picture of a guy holding a girl while blasting a demon in the face! Nintendo Power showed some screens of different uniforms -- yes, that's different uniforms! Like a jetpack, scuba gear, and running boots, to name just a few.


The game really gives you no sense of direction while you play. Bosses seem to simply appear in zones as you move across a map, picking areas to explore next. They give you some hints on where to go, but the game really leaves you wandering around. Why play it based on that? Because it's fun! Switching suits and blasting random bad guys is great, and the occasional boss is shaped like some sort of large anime creature. (Note: I do not like anime, but the game art is very good).

You can call down a shop whenever you want to buy more power ups to blast things harder and faster! The game features an overworld map that lets you pick your direction and where you want to move. At any time you can leave an area or fall into a pit and run out to select a different zone. Because of this, you'll spend hours going back and forth trying to find the medallions needed to save the world.


If you want a difficult platformer with non-stop shooting and jumping, this game is for you. Pick it up and give it at least an hour to explore and get the feel of the game. Then I truly believe you'll enjoy it.

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