One of the best freeware puzzle games I've ever played, Diabolika is a fun, very original board game from Blackeye Software. I was going to sit down and review this little gem, when I came across a good review at Gaming World which nicely summarize the highlights: |
"Diabolika is puzzle game in which you must use little characters to detonate and kill all the demons. The whole point is to get a chain reaction with your little explosive guys so that you hopefully can kill all the demons off in one shot. You have a range of many "explosive" characters to use which are classified as tiles. You get the basic kind like the "Straw Man" which only attacks in one direction and into one square, or advanced tiles like the "Magik Missile" which allows you to choose an eight squared target anywhere you want! The game gets fairly hard as you progress; the hard part is the fact that if you've left a demon alive after a round it will still be around next round. Then once that round is done next thing you know there are now two demons where one stood before, then it just adds on unless you're lucky and get the better tiles work with. Also adding to the challenge is different leveled demons. It goes up to demons that take three shots to kill.
When I first played Diabolika I swear I had no distinct clue of what to do. A great idea is to read the mini help file, which should give you a good enough understanding. It may take a tad for you to fully understand it and to perfect your skills at Diabolika, but the game will keep you playing. Hell, I've had it for weeks and I'm still playing it from time to time. One thing that could have made Diabolika more fun and fast-paced would be a two player duke out which goes on until one player looses, but this would make it hard to take your time and concentrate. But in the end I give Diabolika a big fat 9 out of a possible 10." Anyone who takes the time to learn the slightly complex rules will be pleasantly surprised with how playable this little puzzler is. Two thumbs up - and be sure to also check out the further-improved-still sequel, Diabolika 2.
Reviewed by: Underdogs