Title : The Addams Family
Publisher : Ocean
Genre : Platformer
Players : 1 Player
Release Date : 1992
Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $4-$5
Alright, this review is going to be quite the quicky. This is one of those instances where I've already played one of the ports on another system, and in this case it was the NES. This game was also released on a slew of other systems including the SNES, Game Boy, Master System, Game Gear, Amiga......and of course...the Genesis. Since I'm trying to switch things up a bit, I've decided to give it a go on the Genesis.
You remember how bad this game was last time on the NES - in case you missed my first review, you can follow the link here. Well, the first one was an absolute mess. Now I wanted to give the genesis version a shot since sometimes an upgrade from 8-bit to 16-bit is all it takes to make the game at least a TAD better.
Well, not so much for this one.
Once again, you're Gomez trying to break back into your house and save your family from the vile lawyer, Tully Alford. Since everyone is imprisoned, you need to find each of them, acquire items to assist you on your way, and of course stomp on enemies a-la Mario Bros style.
Now compared to the NES version, the GENESIS version is a breath of fresh air. The music is crisp, the graphics are colorful and a lot more appealing than the NES. Controls are a bit smoother, but other wise the game play is still boring and monotonous.
The puzzle solving elements add little to the game play besides forcing you to run back and forth between different areas. Collect an item from one person, only to go back to the area you were just at to get another item that lets you go past a gate back where you were. It's that tediousness that just drives you mad while playing this game.
I figured by playing through the NES version, I'd remember how to get by for this version but I forgot. And I gave up pretty fast. Got up to one of the first few "boss-battles", died, and said screw it. In fact the only thing that really keeps your interest going in this game is the sheer difficulty of it.
Until next time. Keep on gaming!