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  • Summary: Book of Demons is a Hack & Slash Deck-building hybrid in which YOU decide the length of quests. Wield magic cards instead of weapons and slay the armies of darkness in the dungeons below the Old Cathedral. Save the terror-stricken Paperverse from the clutches of the Archdemon himself.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Dec 25, 2018
    90
    Book of Demons is rather brilliant in its own small way. It strips the Diablo formula to its bare essentials without sacrificing any of its appeal. In some ways, it even improves on Blizzard’s series. If you’re a busy adult pining for your 90s gaming heyday, Book of Demons is a must play, but really, everyone ought to give it a shot. This deceptively addictive dungeon crawl is worth getting fired up about.
  2. Jan 2, 2019
    80
    '90s-inspired card-building hack 'n' slasher Book of Demons is far from a perfect game. That's not the sad thing about it, though. The sad thing is that it could certainly be perfect if the developer used the full potential of this fine take on action-RPGs. Having said that, fans of the genre should definitely give it a look, if only to taste what is a labour of love that just so happens to also be technically sound.
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    80
    Although I was initially unsure about it, Book of Demons turned into another pleasant indie surprise. It’s beautifully stylized, you can easily adjust its scope to fit your schedule and the challenge is appropriately set.
  4. Jan 7, 2019
    75
    We’ve enjoyed Book of Demons, and it definitely does something different and fun, but we’re missing that little something for it to truly shine.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Feb 1, 2019
    70
    This is one hybrid genre piece that's ever so difficult to put down. [March 2019, p.116]
  6. Dec 13, 2018
    65
    Book of Demons brings pen and paper and action mechanics to the Diablo style gameplay system. It's unique approach to time management on quests gives a lot to the game for those of us with limited time. If you're a Diablo fan looking for a change of scenery, you might find Book of Demons to be right up your alley!.
  7. 40
    Book of Demons is a beautiful roguelite dungeon crawler with enemy variety and a plethora of interesting systems built upon a sheer lack of player-side input. A decent time waster, but difficult to recommend at launch prices.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Dec 26, 2018
    10
    game of the year 2018.diablo + new elements and gameplay I recommend.like the funny
  2. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Got the game in early access with no regrets, its come forward in leaps and bounds! I can play the game for hours straight or only 20 mins andGot the game in early access with no regrets, its come forward in leaps and bounds! I can play the game for hours straight or only 20 mins and still feel like I've progressed and achieved something. I always keep coming back to it regardless of what else I'm playing. I cant wait to see what other games they will add to the collection in the future. I even purchased the Supporters Pack as soon as it was available, small companies like this with a great vision as theirs need all our support! Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2018
    10
    Book of Demons is a game purportedly inspired by the first Diablo.
    It is not a card game, cards are objects and skills. It's an ARPG with
    Book of Demons is a game purportedly inspired by the first Diablo.
    It is not a card game, cards are objects and skills. It's an ARPG with some roguelike mechanics and so much freedom in building a style of play.
    The demo offers a first taste, but remember: the real game begins after finishing the main story (10 hours). At that point you have a lot of cards (not all) and start refining your style of play. If you click casually, you will die soon. Because enemies have certain mechanics that must be taken into account. Try it! It costs nothing! Now I appreciate the ARPG again thanks to BoD.
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  4. Dec 23, 2018
    8
    it has an original way of being simple, yet fun and engaging. i didnt expect much of it, because i dont usually like this little simple games,it has an original way of being simple, yet fun and engaging. i didnt expect much of it, because i dont usually like this little simple games, but it really surprised me and im hooked Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2018
    8
    The Book of Demons is the first of the Return2Games franchise set in a world of complex mazes and levels of hordes of enemies. Unlike theThe Book of Demons is the first of the Return2Games franchise set in a world of complex mazes and levels of hordes of enemies. Unlike the typical hack’n’slash though, it rewards players who are smart and tactical, with varying degrees of play with the card and class systems. Despite it’s cheerful and paper aesthetic, it is quite dark and a very unique world. I truly recommend this for fans of hack’n’slash games, or for those that like to try creative works of art. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2019
    7
    i wanted to like it more because of the unique gameplay and art style but after about 7hrs, it has gotten pretty bland. it is a bit of a slowi wanted to like it more because of the unique gameplay and art style but after about 7hrs, it has gotten pretty bland. it is a bit of a slow bland game. the long time-to-kill is a bit too long due to different enemy mechanics (vision, elemental resis, spell invuln, jumping...) and gameplay got boring when it was just hold the mouse down, jump, hold the mouse down, jump, potion... also to maximize, i end up having to pause the game a lot to swap cards to handle different encounters which was pretty annoying. i am playing this as a side game for killing time Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2019
    3
    I am torn about this game. It clearly tries to re-create what Diablo 1 was ... but worse. The aspect of item drops, legendaries/unique itemsI am torn about this game. It clearly tries to re-create what Diablo 1 was ... but worse. The aspect of item drops, legendaries/unique items ... the aspect of "crawling" through a dungeon is all gone.

    Diablo 1 is superior in EVERY aspect ... even graphically. So i do wonder .. why play this recreation .. when you can play Diablo 1?

    This game would work as a Diablo 1 clone on mobile .. for people with the attention span of a 5 minutes toilet break.
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