They're called "Devil Sticks" beacuse they're divining rods once owned by the devil. Or something. I dunno, the marketing department insisted that the title be more "Edgy".
I'm going to furiously chime in that devil-owned diving rods should totally be called "damning rods."
But divining rods don't bless or make divine someone. They just find things.
You're all completely missing the point. The title "Devil Sticks" is supposed to be a joke about how many Japanese video games (as well as some american ones) have non-indicative, or just plain odd names (Such as Cave Story, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, etc.). My explanation that the "Devil Sticks" are a pair of divining rods once owned by the Devil is supposed to be one of those half-assed explanations that you only get by reading the manual, and is in no way referenced in the game itself.
Oh yes. A new demo is out. It has more enemies, more bosses, and more rooms. You can get it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?lmz11xy3xtx
I hesitate to ask for feedback at this point, as the game is still unfairly hard due to my lack of implementing the date-sim mechanics that you improve your character with. Once I finish the final boss (whom isn't even in this demo), I'll get straight to work on that.