• Publisher: Kalypso
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2013
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  • Summary: Demonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity. In this bleak yet magical world, their affection is both a blessing and a curse. Both are constantly threatened by mortal danger and demonic temptation, andDemonicon tells the tragic story of a brother and sister who become pawns of sinister forces in a world of cruelty and depravity. In this bleak yet magical world, their affection is both a blessing and a curse. Both are constantly threatened by mortal danger and demonic temptation, and must find a way through their tortured lives by facing serious moral decisions. Their common destiny will determine that of the entire continent, and will be decided by the choices they make. Hordes of fiends block their way to freedom and peace, and only through battle and magic they will truly become free of the darkness. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    73
    Despite its issues, The Dark Eye: Demonicon remains a fun adventure that, while lacking polish, is an enjoyable journey through The Dark Eye setting.
  2. Oct 25, 2013
    73
    If I had tried to play this in my spare time, I would have given up after a few hours. Until then it's just confusing. But as a tester I had to play on and later on it's much better, more diverse and a motivating story.
  3. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Demonicon is ugly, awkward, and unknown, but it's still an average action RPG.
  4. Oct 28, 2013
    60
    As an old pen and paper enthusiast, I got the feeling that this would have been a better fit as an expansive campaign for the 'real' Dark Eye. That's where it could have been something really special, something with more staying power than this okay, but ultimately forgettable RPG.
  5. Hyper Magazine
    Dec 28, 2013
    60
    An engaging story and some good core mechanics hampered by some ugly design and repetitive, simplistic combat. [Jan 2014, p.66]
  6. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    An interesting story brought low by rote combat and a rather uninspiring graphics engine. [December 2013, p.92]
  7. Oct 31, 2013
    39
    In times of The Witcher or Dark Souls this is hard to bear. The dialogue is below daily soap standards, the fighting system as superficial as any, visuals are outdated. This is gruesome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    9
    "Demonicon is a game with a lot of heart. Built on a solid well balanced combat system, the creators crafted a compelling narrative filled"Demonicon is a game with a lot of heart. Built on a solid well balanced combat system, the creators crafted a compelling narrative filled with interesting characters. The technical aspects do mar the vision, but the strength of the narrative and gameplay rise above these problems." -http://www.twinfinite.net- Can't say it better. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2015
    8
    If you're a fan of story driven RPGs this is worth a look. There are a fair amount of twists and the story tends to stay fairly interestingIf you're a fan of story driven RPGs this is worth a look. There are a fair amount of twists and the story tends to stay fairly interesting throughout. There's a lot of choice and consequence throughout, though the ending is a let down in this aspect.

    It uses The Dark Eye rule system (like Drakensang and Blackguards) which tends to make character progression and building quite fun and rewarding. There's a handful of normal stats and skills and you get rewarded for making potions, opening locks, identifying lore, collecting plants etc.

    It's an ARPG due to the action combat, which I hate, by it's far from the worst implementation I've ever played. I never found combat to be overly clunky or difficult and the story was good enough for me to push through to the end. I did find that spell points to use for improving spells being rewarded based on spell usage during a fight to be a nice feature.

    There are some annoyances worth mentioning though. Demonicon does seem like a budget title (though with very solid writing). It isn't a long game, taking me about 10 hours to complete the entire game plus all the side quests I could find. Levels are fairly railroady and there's limited exploration (think Dragon Age 2). There's also a limited number of game areas and one dungeon gets reused 4 times for different quests. There's also semi limited itemization (this is no Baldur's Gate, but a fry cry from say Of Orcs and Men). It also uses an auto save feature rather than save anywhere which can be quite annoying.

    Overall I enjoyed most of the experience and would pick up another RPG by the developer.
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  3. Mar 13, 2016
    8
    Playing through the first hours of Demonicon, I felt a bit unpleasant. It all seemed pretty awkward. But, if you're not too unforgiving andPlaying through the first hours of Demonicon, I felt a bit unpleasant. It all seemed pretty awkward. But, if you're not too unforgiving and you're willing to let the game show it's potential, it really turns out to be a well made rpg with a broad skill tree and a story that becomes more and more interesting towards the end. Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2014
    7
    Demonicon is also part of Dark eye, but unlike most new dark eye games it is not developed by Deadelic, which is a bit strange, game itself isDemonicon is also part of Dark eye, but unlike most new dark eye games it is not developed by Deadelic, which is a bit strange, game itself is average rpg with good storyline, you have multiple choices which influence the storyline but autosave system is god damn annoying. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2013
    5
    The game is mediocre in just about every respect. It reminds me of NwN2 in a lot of ways, with most of the content feeling as though it wasThe game is mediocre in just about every respect. It reminds me of NwN2 in a lot of ways, with most of the content feeling as though it was rushed in at the last minute: dialog that doesn't seem stitched together properly, odd decision trees that don't seem to make sense half the time, Gothic 1 style animations, a story that has potential but falls woefully short, and way too much back tracking reminiscent of DA2.

    All in all the game was disappointing. I can live with dated graphics/mechanics, but where an indie game needs to shine is the story line. Demonicon had the framework for a solid, distracting rpg, but failed to follow through.

    If you're desperate for any semblance of an RPG like experience, give it a shot when it hits for 80% off. Otherwise, don't bother. Go back and play the Piranha Bytes games.
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  6. Oct 26, 2013
    3
    First of all and what annoys me most is: It's a console game. To me, RPGs and console don't work togeher, but that's personal taste.

    So
    First of all and what annoys me most is: It's a console game. To me, RPGs and console don't work togeher, but that's personal taste.

    So there's a savepoint system, which means that I'm not able to save when I want. (Seriously?)

    The gameplay feels like Dragon Age light-and-slow. It's called an 'action RPG', but the combat animations are way too slow to make me feel any action.
    The whole interface looks exactly like the 'Game of Thrones'-RPG... only without the 'save game' option.

    Also I've got a problem with the resolution adaption. I play on 1920x1080, which is not that unusual, is it?
    The ingame graphics are okay (means: I didn't expect more), but when I need to read something in the inventory, the text is really blurry, which makes me a little dizzy.

    The story... well... maybe I'll find my way into it but I'm not that hooked at the moment. I just don't get in touch with the main character.
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  7. Mar 11, 2014
    1
    For an 8 year old that likes rpg games this might entertain them for the better part of the day, but, you better have something else ready forFor an 8 year old that likes rpg games this might entertain them for the better part of the day, but, you better have something else ready for them to play in the afternoon or be prepared for them entertaining you. lol Bring back the days of Diablo II or Bioware's games. Today's rpgs are just not up to par with the greats of the past. Expand

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