|Developer(s)||Compile (PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16)|
Technosoft (Genesis / Mega Drive)
|Publisher(s)||NAXAT Soft (PC Engine)|
Technosoft (Mega Drive)
|Composer(s)||PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 version|
Mega Drive/Genesis version
|Platform(s)||Turbografx-16, Mega Drive, Wii, and Wii U|
|Mode(s)||Single-player or multiplayer (alternating)|
Devil's Crush (known as Devil Crash in Japan) is a pinball video game developed by Compile for the TurboGrafx-16 and released in 1990. The second installment in the Crush Pinball series after Alien Crush, the game has an eerie occult theme with skulls, skeletons, and demons. It was later followed by Jaki Crush and Alien Crush Returns.
The game was ported to the Sega Genesis, retitled Dragon's Fury (Devil Crash MD in Japan) by developer Technosoft. Both North American versions, TurboGrafx-16 and Genesis, contain some minor censorship. Devil's Crush was later released on the Wii's Virtual Console, with the European release reverting to its original title; however, the pentagram symbols were removed and replaced with an 8-sided star. It also saw release on the Wii U eShop in 2017.
The playfield of Devil's Crush consists of a free scrolling pinball table three screens high. There are three pairs of flippers. The left flipper is controlled by pressing any direction on the d-pad and the right flipper is controlled by pressing the I button. Button II allows the player to nudge/bump the table to influence the ball's path. Using the tilt button too much will result in the game "tilting" and the flippers will stop working, causing a lost ball. There are many targets to shoot for and hidden bonus rooms. In the Genesis version, after the player achieves the highest score and beat the table, there is an exclusive battle against a final boss and his minions on a much smaller table.
Devil's Crush has generally been critically applauded. Damien McFerran of Nintendo Life noted the games audiovisual presentation stating: "The graphics are really stunning, the designers were obviously smoking something strong when they created this game. The music is also noteworthy, with a brilliant main theme that never gets annoying or repetitive."
Frank Provo, reviewing for GameSpot gave an overall positive review, despite complaints about the pinball physics: "While the ball generally behaves like it's supposed to, it does feel lighter than it should, and it will occasionally ricochet off a wall at an unbelievable angle. Unless you're dead serious about your pinball, though, you'll come to terms with the ball's unique quirks real quick. The intricate table, the flashy visuals, and the surreal setting make it very easy to overlook a few goofy caroms."
- MegaTech review, EMAP, issue 1
- Life, Nintendo (2007-07-22). "Review: Devil's Crush (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
- "The C+VG Charts". Computer & Video Games. No. 108. November 1990. p. 68.
- Provo, Frank (2007-07-27). "Devil's Crush Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-03-06.