Super Demon Attack
|Super Demon Attack|
Super Demon Attack Manual (Front Cover)
|Publisher(s)||Imagic Distributed by Texas Instruments (TI)|
|Original Retail Price||$39.95 (USD)|
|Programmer(s)||Rob Fulop. Ported for TI by Bill Mann|
|Format(s)||Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module|
|Release||1983 (3rd Quarter)|
|Genre(s)||Action, Shooter, Space|
Super Demon Attack is a TI-99/4A port of the Action, Space, Shooter video game made by Imagic, and released originally simply as Demon Attack for the Atari 2600. It was distributed by Texas Instruments (TI) via Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module as part#: PHM 3219. It was released in the 3rd quarter of 1983 and retailed for $39.95 (USD).
In Super Demon Attack, the player controls a laser cannon at the bottom of the play screen. Waves of demons bounce around the screen in strange patterns trying to shoot the player's laser cannon with bombs or lasers. Demons replicate after being shot, or in later levels, split into two smaller demons. After destroying the required number of demons on each wave, the player moves onto the next, more difficult wave.
Front Cover of Manual
Suicide patrollers and tentacled terrorists from the Demon Armada shower the moon with devastating weaponry. Annihilate them with our laser cannon. Then lift off and destroy the core of Pandemonium, flagship of the Demon Armada.
Triton Catalog - Fall 1984
Tentacled demons out of nightmares are blasting the moon. You destroy their attack waves by maneuvering and firing your laser cannon. Then dare to infiltrate their base! Two different battlefields, plus continuous play as you achieve higher levels of skill. A 1-player game. (Joysticks recommended.)
- The original version of Super Demon Attack for the TI-99/4A used the Solid State SpeechTM Synthesizer to give voice cues and comments, which, for unknown reasons, was later taken out of the game.  
- According to former Texas Instruments employee Bill Barneia, "Super" was added to the title of the TI-99/4A version of Demon Attack for Marketing reasons. It was believed that the term "Super" in the title would make the game appear to be a sequel to the original Atari 2600 version. This is supported by the fact that the title screen lacks "Super" in the title, simply displaying "Demon Attack." Secondly, a Texas Instruments product catalog shows a manual cover of the game labeled only as "Demon Attack" without the proceeding "Super," although it is unknown if any the cartridges with "Demon Attack" manuals actually were released to the public.  
- In a way, Super Demon Attack can be viewed as an improvement over the Atari 2600 version. Graphically, the TI-99/4A version is much improved. Some of the demons were made to look like Medusas, others like dragons and others like flying skulls with wings. The demons attack only in groups of two and behave very differently than in other versions of the game. Further, the cannon looks more like a vehicle than in other ports of the game, with visibly turning wheels on it as it moves. 
- The firing mechanism in the TI-99/4A version of Demon Attack was a little different than in other versions of the game. The player had to let go of the fire button after shooting in order to move the cannon again. Also, there is a cinematic interlude where the player's cannon takes off before facing the Dracula-like boss.