Blog, Freelance, Just for fun, Windows Support 14.12.2014 Comments Off on Then & Now Game Review – Splatterhouse

25 years ago, Nameco came out with Splatterhouse for the Turbografx 16 and then games 1, 2, & 3 for the Sega Genesis. The game took on a huge cult following, and players around the world enjoyed this creepy (for the time) video game.

Splatterhouse is a sidescrolling beat ’em up, slash em up video game in which the player controls Rick, a parapsychology student who is trapped inside West Mansion. After his resurrection by the Terror Mask, Rick makes his way through the mansion, fighting off tons of terrible creatures in the attempt to save his girlfriend Jennifer from a terrible fate. Players of this game will also recognize a number of American horror film influences, such as Friday the 13th and Evil Dead II. If you are diligent in your game play, a good gamer can complete the game in about a weekend. If you would like to play it and don’t have a Sega Genesis or a TurboGrafx-16 you can play it here online for free. And unlike the rebooted version, it’s safe for teens, but still may be disturbing for small children. -It was kinda made for adults after all.

Due to its violent nature as well as some questionable enemies, the TurboGrafx-16 port of Splatterhouse had a parental advisory warning of sorts printed on the front of the box that read “The horrifying theme of this game may be inappropriate for young children… and cowards.” -This was of course long before the rating system on video games became the standard.

Back in the late 80’s early 90’s it was unclear what the story line was when playing the game. You just knew that you had to kill the bad things before they killed you and save your girlfriend trapped somewhere in the house. It was simple, it was creepy, and it was fun to play. It wasn’t until 30 years later when they rebooted the game, that the details became more clear (pun intended) in both the story line as well as the game graphics.

The new rebooted Splatterhouse like the original is combat-oriented with main character Rick fighting various monsters in either hand-to-hand combat or with makeshift weapons, such as wooden planks and meat cleavers. Unlike the original, Rick is able to attack his enemies with super strength and violently rip them apart. He can also chain attacks together into combos. As one would expect, it is extremely realistic, bloody and graphic (and a little chilling in places). To combat the fact that the game is a lot more complicated, the mask actually speaks to you (well it speaks to Rick) and tells him what’s going on, as well as taunting him for being a weak human. The spirit of the mask is funny, sadistic, and jeers Rick when he (or you) performs poorly or makes mistakes.

All in all, we give props to the makers of Namco Bandai Games for making a great reboot of the original, as well as giving the game more of a much needed back story that the game needed. The phonographs throughout the game that play the evil doctors verbal notes was an amazing touch! If you are into this sort of gaming experience, we completely recommend it. We do not recommend this game for kids since there is lots of blood, violence, adult language, and nudity (you have to collect naughty photo scraps of your girlfriend that she left for you to find her) And, since the game is over 4 years old, you might even get lucky like we did and find it on the clearance rack.


About the author: CJ is an MCSE/CCNA with 20 years (yes, his 1st computer was an IBM 8088) of networking, computer engineering, and computer training experience, and he is the owner of Bay Area Internet Connection.


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