Bill the Demon


  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4.4/5 (25 votes)
| Comments (26) | Views (68)

JayBill the DemonOriginally created for the Macintosh (System 7) back in 1996, Bill the Demon is an action adventure platformer with a very nice old-school flair to it. This version was recreated in Flash by the author, James Burton, following Apple's decision to stop supporting older applications.

In the game you play as Bill, a lowly demon with a voracious appetite for human souls. To prove himself worthy to his peers, Bill sets out on a mission to the Ninth Circle of Hell to fetch the devil's autograph.

Use the keyboard for control: [left] and [right] arrows, [up] to jump. Press [space] to scream. A scream is important as it will allow you to eat a human soul (if close enough), and it will also break down some walls and stun some monsters temporarily. Alternatively, you may use the [A] and [D] keys for left and right, [W] to jump, and [shift] to scream. Suit yourself.

As you move about each circle, Bill's hunger will increase. Eat souls wisely as they will help you move deeper into hell. If Bill gets too hungry, you will lose a life and have to start back from the last checkpoint you reached. Lose all your lives and you'll have to restart the game from the beginning. Luckily, once you complete each circle you will be given a passcode with which to load the game from there.

Analysis: Bill the Demon is a great game that is a lot of fun. It certainly brings back memories of the old 8-bit scrolling platformers. The levels have been designed well and they present a challenge that will keep you entertained for hours. There really isn't much to dislike about the game other than the being set back from time to time when dying or running out of lives. Still, for anyone with even a remote interest in old-school platformers, or in demon-themed games to get into the Halloween spirit, you could do much worse than this charming little game.

Play Bill the Demon

Cheers to Bob and Mango for suggesting Bill. =)

26 Comments

lopsidation October 28, 2006 2:10 PM

Hmm... What tripped me up in the beginning, is that there are two types of jumps.
One is a high jump; you must press jump without pressing left or right, although you may press left and right while in the air. It can go up three spaces, but not very far.
The second is a long jump. You have to press left or right, and while you're pressing it, press jump. It can only go up two spaces, but can go a reasonable distance sideways.
Some of the gameplay is deciding when to jump high, and when to jump long. I lost several lives by choosing wrong.
Also, you can walk onto spikes. You just can't land on them. I think the game would be easier if the intructions mentioned these two issues, but it was fun discovering them.
I give it:
9.5 for gameplay
7.7 for difficulty (I can only get to circle two!)
and 9.9 for origionality.
I'm first to comment! yay!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
FlyingSheep October 28, 2006 2:18 PM

It's a cute game...except I having one problem devouring souls...I wonder if that just because I'm a Firefox user. Over all its a nice game... >.>

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Yes, you have to be up very close to the humans to devour them. It would be nice if the threshold for eating souls were a bit more forgiving.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I love this game! I have a couple of issues using Firefox on Ubuntu. At first I couldn't move, but if I right click, and look at the flash settings, then close the settings everything works. I also can't see the passwords at the end of each ring, but I'm sure one of my friends at JIG will post them soon...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Oh wow this is a classic, I remember playing this in middle school on an ANCIENT macintosh.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Well, Jay, I'm glad you liked the game as much as I did. Yeah, lopsidation, thats part of the original challenge of the game is discovering the jumps. And kate, the password is different every single time because it is dependent on how many lives you have left and how many souls you have devoured. I suggest just trying a different browser.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

also if you eat 25 souls you get an extra life.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Here they are then, a set of passwords for maximum lives (obtained by an evil little bit of disassembly):

Each password has the form *00*08*704. The stars should be replaced depending on the level:

circle 1: C H B

bonus 1: D 5 D

circle 2: E 6 F

bonus 2: F 7 2

circle 3: 0 X 4

bonus 3: Q 8 5

circle 4: 1 9 7

bonus 4: 4 A 8

circle 5: H B A

bonus 5: 5 C C

circle 6: 6 D E

bonus 6: 7 E J

circle 7: X F R

bonus 7: 8 J 3

circle 8: 9 2 Z

bonus 8: A R Q

circle 9: B V 4

endgame: C 3 5

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply


Mmmm, maybe I am missing something simple. This seems like a nice game, but I am stranded at the third "reincarnation altar". There's spikes all around, and no matter what I do, I always die in the spikes. Lopsidation said that you can walk onto spikes, but no luck like that at this place.

How am I supposed to get further here?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Rene, you can walk into spikes, but not onto them. You will die everytime you try to jump or walk onto the top of the spikes.

Ok, am I just really supid or what? I get stuck in the maze type thingy in the third circle. How in the heck do I find an exit? What do I do? I'm totally lost.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Weeeee... finally finished it (without cheating!)

So satisfying... i almost killed myself at the end while waiting for something to happen (which would have sucked seeing as i was on my last life)...

Yay

Awesome game

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hey guys,

Love this game but having some problems with the final stage - what do I do at the beginning after i've fallen to get past the spikes and tall demon things?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Firstly, help please? Fourth circle,

invisible maze after the arrow pointing/pushing right. I can't seem to find a way out.

Also, BobSmith-
I wouldn't *really* consider this a spoiler, but just in case:

go up and right.

It took me several tries and deaths to figure that out.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Help. How do I get past the devil in circle 2? The flying eyes keep killing me before I can kill him. Kan you kill the eyes?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Steve-

If you mean the tall standing devil, you have to scream at his head (i.e. jump) and then you can walk by him like all the other nasties. Stun the eyes first if need be.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I can't get out of circle 6.....

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

im stuck at circle 7... when the purple stones start going away and then i see the bonus level it won't let me down cause there are uparrow keyss!! HELP!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Wow. here I was, just sitting here, wandering through JIG, and what do I see in one of the little square buttons? One of the few remaining reasons I run a Classic OS box.

Seriously. all we need now is Flash Versions of all the old WorldBuilder games, and that thing is even ancienter history.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Demon Last November 10, 2007 4:32 PM

well, the last level seems unbeatable b/c of those damn demons and spikes. Anyone knows how to beat that?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Demon Last November 11, 2007 1:25 PM

Oh, now I know, the 'endgame' is really an movie so just wait and watch the Great Satan shows himself.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I can highly recommend another of James's games, available in the Windows download section of his site. I played it more than a decade ago on the Mac, and it remains one of my favourite games from that era or any other. I'd forgotten it until I heard some of the sound effects in Bill the Demon again.

The name is Stardust. It's a well-paced spatial puzzler of the sort that rewards a lack of assumption. Not exceptionally difficult, but satisfying.

It seems you can still get the original Mac version, if you have a Mac that supports Classic (pre-Intel and pre-Leopard). It plays well, if slightly choppier than on an original mostly-singletasking Mac.

http://www.downloadfreemacgames.com/Download_Mac_Freeware_Games/Freeware_Puzzle_Games/free_stardust.html

Perhaps I'll suggest he port this one to Flash too - it's an even better candidate than Bill the Demon. OTOH it's probably a lot of work.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I am stuck on 6 the spikes and the arrows dont work for me is there a nother way please help i want to finish the game its driving me crazy but i love it

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Grishnak Author Profile Page May 6, 2008 12:39 PM

Hello all. Found JayIsGames back when I needed hints on another game. Great site.

On THIS game.. I'm stuck in the maze on Lvl 3 also.

Up and Right

doesn't help much as the only thing that way is a Tall Demon that you can't scream at. Other than that, it only leads to unscreamable brick walls. Did you have to break some bricks somewhere? I've been to the four corners and haven't found my way out yet.
There's 2 dead ends at the bottom, but they don't lead anywhere either.
Thoughts?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
annabanana June 7, 2008 1:29 PM

wow i absolutely love the face he makes right after he eats a soul

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It's actually up and LEFT on circle 3

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hello, i'm stuck on level 6, any hints anyone?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
957 Views
8 Comments
Lisa> Dora It probably won't take you more than ten or fifteen minutes, but this adorable, cozy indie adventure about a girl and her dog is well worth your time if you're looking for a game that invites you to relax and explore... minus a bizarre and abrupt ending.  ...
556 Views
1 Comment
Tricky Fish> Lori.h Help this sweet, little fish jump out of the water to collect all the pearls (and stars) it can, while avoiding spikes and those infamous saw blades. But Tricky Fish has some aces up her fins to assist her, and with the help of springs, bubbles, and you, she can gather all the pearls she needs for whatever her fishy little heart desires.  ...
597 Views
5 Comments
Blob's Story 2> Lori.h The warm fuzzies are back! Get ready for more levels of cut-the-rope style puzzles and reunite the darling couple and pick up some flowers for them on the way. Just make sure those pesky saw blades don't pop ya.  ...
5,198 Views
36 Comments
Weekday Escape N°42> elle We have three fresh, fun and a little bit tricky escape games from Kamokichi, Sanpoman, and Flash512 for your weekday escape enjoyment this week. I think you'll like them. Enough said.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Danse Macabre: Moulin Rouge

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Popular on JiG


The Room

Virtual Villagers: Origins

Submachine 9: The Temple

Surgeon Simulator 2013

The House 2

Papa's pastaria

Fireboy and Watergirl 4: The Crystal Temple

Fireboy and Watergirl 3: The Ice Temple

Moonchild

The Royal Trap

Loren the Amazon Princess

1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum

Magical Diary

Heileen Series

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.