Friday, September 13, 2013

Nerdicus NES Review #6 : The Addams Family


Title : The Addams Family

Release Date : 1991

Publisher : Ocean

Da da dun dun * snap snap *, Da da dun dun, *snap snap*, Da da dun dun, da da dun dun, da da dun dun *snap snap*

Yeah, so, this one was pretty bad. Actually, pretty bad is an understatement. This was downright awful. It's loosely based (and when I say loosely based, I MEAN loosely based) on the movie of the same name. I loved the movie as a kid. Christopher Lloyd was perfect as Fester, and there is no better Gomez than Raul Julia! Unfortunately, this game doesn't do it justice. But what can you expect from a game made from a movie.

What's the story in this game? Eh - you're basically locked out of your house, then you break in and kill a bunch of ghouls and goblins while rescuing your other family members. Have fun getting Wednesday btw - you're slipping and sliding in the "freezer" level, and if you fall off you go all the way back to the start. My eye is twitching just thinking about it.

I'll admit right off the bat. I couldn't beat this game. The absolute frustration that coursed through my veins was equivalent to scalding oil injected into my body. It's one thing when you talk about insane difficulty, but it's another when you talk about seemingly impossible difficulty. Everything and anything hits you, and you RARELY get any health boosters throughout the game. You're hit from all sides, and you have no weapons except for jumping on enemies. JUMPING!? That's it!? AGH!!!


So as you "jump" your way through each room of the Addams family Mansion, you collect money. The point is to have a million dollars before you get to the end part of the game. At least I think. I know you have to break into your vault to find Fester, but you need a certain amount of money. Ah well, who cares. No amount of money can save you from this game. If you know what the deal is, feel free to feel me in. I couldn't take it anymore. Even with the awesome depictions of the Addams Family. Just check out grandma!

I wish I had something positive to say about this game, but really I don't. Visually, it wasn't too bad. Some of the rooms were entertaining, but the difficulty and the utter annoyance of the enemies you encounter drive you absolutely insane. And for some reason Gomez reminds me of a Family Guy character the way he was designed. That's probably just me anyway.

I for one, am looking forward to Fester's Quest. Don't care what anyone says. THAT is by far the best Addams Family game, and a damn good one in general. Don't mock me. I love it. I raise my festers quest flag high and proud!

Final Score (out of 5) :

Until next time. Keep on gaming!



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