Demon Worker Review

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Demon Worker - Japanime Games $29.95
Demon Worker Review - Cover

Game title: Demon Worker

Game description: The seat of the Demon King is empty and the next candidate for the throne must show the world their ability to rule. Scout for competent demons, efficiently gather sacrifices, mass produce weapons, promote the research of magical stones, and execute evil and sinister plans!

Overall
3.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Who knew the seat of the Demon King would be filled through the bureaucracy? With the throne empty, several of the underworld’s leading entities are trying to prove their ability to lead by finding competent workers to do the jobs that the demon world needs doing. Those that can successfully complete the most sinister plans may just find themselves the new Demon King of Queen!

Pros

Colorful cast of characters

Meaningful choices

Many paths to victory

Cons

Endgame score can be slowed by analysis paralysis

Full Demon Worker Review

Who knew the seat of the Demon King would be filled through the bureaucracy? With the throne empty, several of the underworld’s leading entities are trying to prove their ability to lead by finding competent workers to do the jobs that the demon world needs doing. Those that can successfully complete the most sinister plans may just find themselves the new Demon King of Queen!

In Demon Worker each player chooses one of 4 potential Demon Overlords and starts the game with some resources, 2 Human Workers, and a hand of 6 Demon Workers. The game is played over 5 rounds with where each Overlord uses their workers in different locations to earn more resources, complete objectives, summon Demon Workers from their hand to increase their workforce, and draw diabolical schemes. Be careful, though. Workers cost resources to deploy and to score at the end of the game.

A peek a some of the box’s contents.
CC by W Eric Martin

At its core Demon Worker is a worker placement game with a layer of resource management spread on top. Each turn a player is presented with a multitude of choices of where to place their workers, what resources to spend in hopes of gaining more, whether or not to complete a plan, and what resources to save so they can score their workers at the end of the game. It’s a delicate balance. While it’s certainly the main draw of the game, it’s also part of its biggest downfall.

With all the choices the game allows you, it can lead to a bit of analysis paralysis, especially during scoring when players are trying to figure out the best use of their leftover resources to complete plans and score workers. Sometimes it may be work scoring only some workers and a plan or two. Sometimes just all your workers. Sometimes just plans. It’s this last bit that drags the game down just a little bit, marring an otherwise perfect flow of game play.

Demon Worker has a surprising amount of depth. It’ also beautifully illustrated with comic depictions of a manual labor force of unfortunate humans and blue collar demons. It’s a game with a good amount of replayability, and a price tag that won’t break the bank. If you’re a fan of worker placement games then it’s certainly worth a look.

A copy of Demon Worker was provided free for review by Japanime Games.

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