Everybody do the Shift!Devil World
is a Maze Game
developed by Nintendo
for the Nintendo Entertainment System
. It was one of the many simple games created for the console in its early years, and was the first game designed by the partnership of Shigeru Miyamoto
and Takashi Tezuka that would go on to create Super Mario Bros
and The Legend of Zelda
. The game was released in Japan in 1984 and brought to Europe in 1987.
Tamagon, a cute little fire-breathing dragon, has a devil of a problem. He has been trapped in a box within the maze of the Devil's world. The Devil's assistants are shifting the box up, down, right, and left, threatening to squash Tamagon between the walls.
Tamagon's task is two-fold: eliminate the boa-boa dots that are the source of the Devil's evil power, and then use four bibles to seal away the Devil's icon.
Not to be confused with the Konami Arcade Game
also known as Dark Adventure
Tropes appearing in this video game:
- Auto Scrolling
- Big Red Devil: The Devil has the standard appearance, but strangely enough, he's blue.
- Bonus Stage: The "Bonus Box" at the end of every round, where Tamagon searches for a 1-Up hidden in one of six boxes. As the Devil has flown away, Tamagon can for once control the direction of scrolling by stepping on arrows.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Not only are there crosses on the Bibles, but crosses are also the item that lets Tamagon eliminate the dots, and the maze also has big cross-shaped walls.
- Deadly Walls
- Endless Game: The game keeps repeating the same stages over and over again. Eventually the level counter overflows and begins again from zero.
- Excuse Plot: Attack The Devil's World! (that is it)
- Instant Roast: Tamagon can breathe fire on a cyclops to turn it into a tasty fried egg. (The Japanese term for fried egg literally means "cooked eyeball.")
- Monster Modesty: The devil
- No Export for You: The game was never released in North America, what with it being made when NOA still had a very strict policy of censorship of religious themes and imagery.
- 1-Up: In the form of green eggs for scoring enough points or for doing well enough in the bonus box. If Tamagon dies an egg will fall to the stage and hatch a new one.
- Timed Mission: The Bonus Box
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tamagon likes to eat ice cream cones, though they do nothing in the game but give points.
- Respawning Enemies
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: The devil turns into a bat when he loses.
- Wings Do Nothing: Tamagon and the blue enemies.
- Wrap Around: The maze itself, trying to make Tamagon do this will just get it squished.