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Demon Turf Review

3D platforming excellence

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on

Demon Turf is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Demon Turf is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

When a 3D platformer is done well, it can make for a thoroughly entertaining adventure and that's just what Demon Turf provides.

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Experiment N64, you say?

Demon Turf has you play as a little demon named Beebz who's on a mission to claim the crown and become Queen of the Demon World. Yes, it's a silly premise but knowing what your goal is makes the gameplay even more fun as you tear through stages and kick rival demons' butts. Travelling the realms as you discover new environments only to topple the next leader in a boss fight is a ton of fun. v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94

The first thing that you'll notice about Demon Turf is its lovely mix of 2D sprites and 3D environments. Considering you can rotate the camera however you wish, the fact that the sprites remain lively and animated must have been a challenging feat for the developers. That being said, there are some visual oddities that take away from the immersion but they're surprisingly not common. Meanwhile, Demon Turf's soundtrack is full of trippy beats which blend seamlessly with the satisfying effects and vocal clips while adjusting whenever you head indoors or dive underwater. All of this comes together to make a cohesively stylish world with a very unique vibe.

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It sure is and I'm here to collect it all!

The core gameplay of Demon Turf has you run and jump around and jumping has some complexities as you can double-jump, hover, wall-jump, and such. Far jumps can be made by jumping, hovering, and then jumping again which flings you quite far and as you adapt to the gameplay, all of this quickly becomes second nature. Once you confront an enemy, you can charge a punch that can push them around and most enemies can only be defeated if you deflect a projectile into them or slam them into spikes or off a cliff. This makes combat a rather distinct and enjoyable formula. Plus, you'll acquire various gadgets along your journey such as a grappling hook which consistently makes the core gameplay more exciting and complex. It's all a real treat to play and it remains impressively intuitive, too.

When it comes to stages, most of them can be completed in about 5 minutes but if you want to explore for collectibles and be thorough then you're looking at about 10 to 15 minutes each. There are many nooks and crannies as well as optional paths to explore so gathering everything is a lot of fun. At the same time, you can rush through levels in order to complete them in as little time as possible as you'll be ranked on a leaderboard. You can also re-play stages which alters them and presents an additional layer of collectibles so there are a ton of replay incentives which is awesome considering there are many levels to master. There may be some fun surprises along the way, too, such as arena challenges and a mode where you take photos of fun things plus unlockable mods, dyes, and pets. Wow! 😄

As you can see, there is a lot to Demon Turf and it's an absolute blast to play. I didn't even mention the cool checkpoint system where you plant flags to make your own checkpoints wherever you want. On the downside, I found some parts to be kind of unintuitive such as when you swim through tubes which can be disorienting because it's hard to gauge your surroundings. On top of that, the hub areas are confusing and I wish they had easily navigable maps because I always felt like I was missing out on some fun that I couldn't find just by running around. I hope that these aspects can be ironed out in a patch but they still don't add up to all that much.

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Beebz takes a much-needed vacation

Demon Turf is one of the best 3D platformers in recent years and it even rivals recent AAA attempts at the genre. With spectacular gameplay, a huge campaign that's brimming with replay value, clever gadgets, and a gorgeous presentation; it's the whole package.

  • + Superb 3D platforming gameplay with loads of innovative stages to master
  • + Striking visual style and trippy music
  • + Tons of collectibles and extra content
  • - Hub areas can be confusing to navigate
  • - Some odd graphical issues
  • - Certain segments are unintuitive
8.3 out of 10
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