No matter who you are, there's always somebody bigger and badder than you. This is especially true if you're a chubby fuschia demon, and when one such specimen trips and shatters an urn full of souls, he's got to track all the wayward spirits down before his superiors give him one heck of a punishment. In Robot Cake's action puzzle platformer Demon Shift, you may technically be playing one of the bad guys, but that's no reason for you to not be good at what you do. And what you do is wall-climb, jump, flip, and otherwise put acrobats to shame as you try to snag the little green soul hiding in each level. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move, and, most importantly, hit the [spacebar] to shift dimensions, which can allow you to get past seemingly impassable hazards and blockades by warping your environment. Just make sure to avoid any red objects, since touching one will make you explode into a bunch of demon chunks and force you to restart the level.
For a game about gathering up helpless souls for who-knows-what infernal purpose (hey, maybe it's just a really, really expensive nightlight), Demon Shift sure is pretty. The visuals are gorgeous and vibrant, and pack both its star and their environments with character. And speaking of the environments, Demon Shift takes the short-and-sweet approach to its stages by emphasising speed for medals, and as such manages to strike a balance between relatively straight-forward puzzling and some reflexive platforming action. When it works, it works, but the game's increasing difficulty and emphasis on platforming challenge means players who just want to enjoy some light puzzling might find themselves hitting a wall, and platformer fans might find that on some stages the jumping doesn't quite feel as fluid as you need to. (Though I guess you are a remarkably fat and squat little demon, which doesn't really make for aerodynamics.) As it stands, however, flaws aside Demon Shift is a beautiful little piece of puzzling action that speaks a lot about the talent of its team, and we can't wait to see more from them in the future.