When the original Demon Gaze was released for the PS Vita back in 2013; it was praised for being a quirky dungeon crawling experience. Four years later, a sequel has now arrived for PS Vita, and has also received a high definition release on PlayStation 4. Demon Gaze II follows the template set by its older sibling, and brings forward some new features that push the series in a new direction.
Waking up in a labyrinth with amnesia, a young man discovers that he has the power of capture demonic entities using an ability known as the Demon Gaze. After being recruited by a group of freedom fighters led by two determined sisters, you learn that the city of Asteria is under threat by demons that have erupted from various labyrinths, as well as the evil actions of Magnastar, the city’s leader. The storyline of Demon Gaze II is just as enjoyable as its predecessor, with the sisters Muse and Prim providing strong leadership despite their sibling differences, and the tyrannical Magnastar offering a villain that you cannot wait to remove from power.
When you enter one of the corrupted labyrinths, you navigate each area from a first-person perspective. Your role is to purify the Demon Circles that have been spawned. As you wander through the various mazes, you will need to unlock doors using levers, find secret passages in the walls and dodge the tiles that have traps hidden under their floor. In true RPG fashion, these traps can poison, paralyse or hinder your progress, keeping the player engaged as they travel through the enemy infested dungeons.