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Game Giveaway of the day — little BIG Demon

Find your way in the world of demons!
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User rating: 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 18 comments

little BIG Demon was available as a giveaway on September 27, 2022!

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You have been a mighty demon, BUT! You brazenly drove taking effect. Now you have to wander in search of another dimension in the way back! Using power-ups to change its shape and size, find your way in the world of demons!

Features:
- 24 exciting levels;
- Beautiful 2D graphics;
- Pleasant music.

Controls:
Key Arrows - move.
R - restart level.
esc - menu.

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

Ashoot

Homepage:

https://ashoot.itch.io/little-big-demon

File Size:

121 MB

Price:

$5.00

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#1

Images and thoughts to be posted later. :)
little BIG Demon:
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In Brief:
little BIG Demon was created for the Gamiron 12 competition.

It's a simple puzzle game where you have to pick up all the dots within a specified time to be able to proceed to the next level via a portal, that is invisible until the level is complete. The number of dots required is quoted in the bottom left of the screen. As you pick them up you can see how many more are required to open the portal to the next level. The first few levels of the twenty-four levels available are very easy to beat; however, obstacles will be placed in later levels that mean you need to put your thinking caps on to beat those levels within the allotted time. You can restart a level at any time by pressing R. When you've completed a level, you have the option of replaying the level. All levels that have been unlocked can be replayed at any time. Locked levels are absent from the level map.

Initially move the small demon over each dot to pick it up. Some dots are isolated from the main level, and you will need to press the red button (or buttons) to be able to create a bridge to access the isolated dot. The small demon is not heavy enough to operate the buttons, so you need to convert the small demon to a larger demon by walking over the large demon's den. The weight of the larger demon enables the button to be pressed, which in turn will creates the bridge required to access the isolated dot.

You can see a video of game play HERE.
Controls:
Arrows = move
R = restart level
esc = menu

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Conclusion
little BIG Demon is an ideal coffee break brain teaser that should keep you entertained for several coffee break sessions. :)

I don't know what the point of the crystals you earn for completing a level are included for? The faster you complete a level, the more crystals you earned; however, there's no high score table to keep a record of these crystal points you earn. The points are only for that particular level and are not accumulative. The game could be improved if there was a high score table and the ability to create profiles so that friends and family could compete against each other's scores. This would add some re-playability to the game; though I would suggest additional levels are added as well, or an accessible editor so that players could create their own levels. That said, as this was part of the Gamiron competition, the developer probably didn't have enough time to incorporate such niceties. Still, it would be improved if the developer was to develop the game further.

As it stands it feels a little unfinished (not surprisingly considering it was created under time constraints).; however; overall, little BIG Demon is still a worthwhile download. It's one of those games I'd dip into occasionally when I was in between more in-depth games, with that said I would score it a reasonable 6.5 out of 10. If it had more levels and the other things I mention above, I'd score it higher.

I did have issues with the game 'appearing' to crash, i.e., the game icon would disappear from the task bar when I took a screen capture. It wasn't until I turned my headset on that I noted a cacophony of sound that turned out to be fifteen different copies of the game running in the background (I took fifteen screen captures but didn't use all of them in this review). I could only see the games as a list when I opened task manager.

I noted that the original release of the game was by Sholar; so, I'm assuming Sholar is Ashoot. I've still not received any confirmation from itch.io regarding the change of developer name with the same games previously released on Gamiron competitions?

Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 62 antimalware engines. You can see the scan results HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#4

Hi everyone I have been busy for most of the day so I've not been able to play this until now. I have an Asus laptop with a 1.1Ghz Celeron processor (bursts to around 2.4ghz speed) and 4GB of Ram with an Intel UHD 600 Graphics card. The game ran smoothly on my laptop.

I noticed that the option menu had something about shaders. I don't know how this game handles the graphics but for those who have the game fail to launch it may have to do with the shader model the game calls on the hardware for unless the drivers and hardware support it.

Running Windows 11 here.

A note on today's game it appears they are using a different engine than Unity one called Game Maker.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, Oddly though, Jason, even with a different Unity engine, still has that head scratchingly useless, bloated 20M.txt file. Would love to know why Ashoot keeps inserting that nonsense. Does Ashoot think it's necessary? I wonder if mike's around? He often comes up with some insight we didn't think about.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

watcher13,

Hi Watcher, it's not Ashoot that includes the 20M.txt file. Every game we've ever received via Falcoware includes the file.

I haven't a clue what it's there for?

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Whiterabbit-uk, Ah! Ty, WR. Still, mysterious! LOL

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

watcher13,

Yep!

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

This one could be compatible with my Win 32, XP, SP3 - it likely is - but doesn't like my ancient graphics. Keeps throwing an error in the Direct 3D compiler. Since I now think my Direct X has the final updates - and Direct 3D is, of course, a component of that - must be my ancient onboard graphics. I believe that I have the final drivers for these, also.

Normally wouldn't download one of these truncated contest games, but this looked difficult enough - for me, who struggles with some of these puzzles - which might extend the playable length for me. :P

So no big deal, ty anyway GGOTD, Itch, and Whiterabbit.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

watcher13,

Hi Watcher 13, please see my reply to J.

regards Whiterabbit-uk.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

watcher13, I don't know who made your video card but the XP community off the scene has created several unofficial patches and fixes for XP and also Graphics Drivers. You may want to do a little bit of Googling to find out. XP is still very alive and well thanks to the home brew community.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, thanks a bunch. Will give that a try. Please see my more detailed answer to WR's response to J below.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jason, btw, did some basic searches for these XP "communities", but probably not using the right search terms. If you can recommend any resources, probably more than 1 XP user here would find them useful. If you know of any, please and thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

This looked like a fun little game so I thought I'd give it a try. It downloaded and installed, supposedly, without issue in Win10HomeX64. I can launch the game, get into the options and level menus but once I click on the "1" in the level menu, I get the "Code Error" pop-up that I pasted below. I must abort the game from there. Time doesn't allow me to devote a lot of time to figuring this out but just thought I'd share so that if anyone else gets the same error they know they are not the only one. Thank you for the offering nonetheless.

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Code Error
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############################################################################################
FATAL ERROR in Vertex Shader compilation
ShaderName: shader_vignette

D3DXCompile failed - result

at gml_Script_draw_SHADER_vignette
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stack frame is
gml_Script_draw_SHADER_vignette (line 0)
gml_Object_obj_controller_new_Draw_64

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

J,

Hi J, Try downloading Direct X from Microsoft HERE and/or visual studio x86 C++ which you can find HERE.

One or both of these may fix the issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Whiterabbit-uk, thanks WR, that's the 1 that I was referring to that I had installed a couple of weeks ago in response to an Itch game that actually gave me a message that my Direct X was out of date, though there's no way you could know that, so I appreciate it. It's quite possible that I'm getting the same error that J is getting, it's just that he's getting the more detailed explanation because of his newer version of Windows. Unfortunately, both the onboard graphics and the one other ancient graphics card that I currently have that works in this machine have no shader support at all. There are a number of weekend giveaways, that I couldn't play either, that gave me error messages that said the game requires shader support 2.0, and that mine were 0.0. It's possible that it could be software correctable, not just an insurmountable hardware deficiency. Think I'll try Jason's suggestion, see what I can find. Thanks to you both and thanks for posting your error code, J. Posting error messages always increases our knowledge base.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

watcher13, There is a program called 3D Analyze which may be able to help your game run It can be found here:

https://games.softpedia.com/get/Tools/3D-Analyze.shtml

Unfortunately development of this tool had stopped. But back in the day when I had a computer with a Geforce MX 4000 Card it did not have hardware transform and lighting and this little utility allowed me to run games that it did not support by tricking the game into thinking I had the right requirements.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

sailorbear510 aka Jason, Excellent Jason. Will try that also. Development on all my hardware has definitely stopped! ;)

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Thank you, Stephen, that first one fixed it! Much appreciated!

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

J,

Good to hear. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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