Play pinball with a supernatural table in Demon’s Tilt, a new occult pinball action game on PS4. Learn more how this all clicks in our Demon’s Tilt review!
Turbo-Charged Pinball is back!
Updated with bigger sprites, more baddies, more secrets and of course MORE BULLETS!
Demon’s Tilt pushes the limits of the Video Pinball genre with SHMUP & Hack N’ Slash elements.
A SPRAWLING 3 STORY TABLE
INTENSE SPECIAL MODES
A MEGA-DRIVEN SOUNDTRACK
A three-tiered cathedral to Explore:
Unlock its gothic secrets and depth over time, Packed with mini-bosses, baddies, ramps and mechanical traps.
A Unique Magic System:
Convert waves of enemy bullets into homing magic that fights for you,
or transmute them into GOLD for a banked Ultra Jackpot!
Use your Chain Meter to combo hits and keep your scoring momentum up. Link ramps to extend the Chain Meter’s life. Speed and aggressive play rewards!!
Complete Dark Rituals and spell letters for huge bonuses & jackpots Complete them all and unlock a special WIZARD MODE!
Ever since Zen Studios brought Zen Pinball – which is now Pinball FX – and gave the pinball genre a big boost, I realized what could be done with pinball on a video game screen. Gone are the days of plain tables, and we moved into a more interactive affair, making the pinball table the star, fighting the limitations of what we were used to when playing physical pinball tables. Demon’s Tilt takes that and brings a supernatural twist to the whole thing with a dash of the occult for good measure.
I’ve played a ton of different pinball games, and, for some reason, Demon’s Tilt reminds me of Kirby’s Pinball Land from the original Game Boy. I played a ton of that as a kid. How is it similar? It features a pinball table broken into three different sections. As you work your way up and back down, it has several enemies and bosses for you to take on. Kirby’s Pinball Land used several tables, and while Demon’s Tilt uses the one table, it’s a way more advanced type of game. It’s also a very different type of game visually, but I did want to mention this since it’s an interesting thought I had while playing the game for this Demon’s Tilt review.
Demon’s Tilt is described as an occult pinball action game, and if you’ve checked the game’s trailer and screens, I believe you will agree with that description. You have very dark, creepy themes throughout the whole table, and while pinball is the primary aspect of the game, for the action part, they figured out how to turn a pinball game into a bullet hell session. I’m kind of impressed with everything that is going on at the same time on the screen!
As mentioned, you have a three-tier table, and your ball will move between each tier. You will be battling against the main boss character that you can damage with your ball, and its look will change over time as you continue to do battle. It will retaliate by sending a ton of little bullets to attack you, and while they don’t do any direct damage, they will knock your ball around, which could prove to be deadly. It’s a really interesting gameplay mechanic and one that has been implemented in a great way.
As you bounce around the table, at times, it will be hard to keep track of what’s going on. There are goals, and you can see a quick objective sheet on the main menu, but it doesn’t prepare you for what Demon’s Tilt will throw at you. You will slowly but surely make some progress with every run that you do, as you learn how to activate the bonuses and find new things to do in each section of the table. The more you play the game, the more things will start to click on your end.
I spent most of my time playing in the Normal difficulty, but if you want to dial things up a bit, you can try to play in the EX difficulty, which will be a considerable challenge for those that don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. There’s even a Hardcore mode in which you only have one ball, which is a brutal experience. I suggest you play for a while in the Normal difficulty, or else the game might make you want to throw your controller.
Demon’s Tilt has a gorgeous 16-bits inspired look and feel, making the game at times seem as if it was pulled from the library of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Everything about it, from the bosses, the table’s tiers to the HUD, everything showcases a very specific aesthetic choice. To top it off, they have one of the best 16-bits inspired soundtracks I’ve heard in a pinball game, with a heavy metal meets chiptunes vibe that was a delight to my ears.
Demon’s Tilt is a really unique experience that definitely called me back over and over after I was defeated. It’s a hard but rewarding experience, even though sometimes things can get a bit too hectic. With a great art style, solid gameplay mechanics, and a killer soundtrack, this is one I certainly recommend that you try out on PlayStation 4.
This DEMON’S TILT review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by FLARB LLC.