THE ADDAMS FAMILY  (ICOM SIMULATIONS / NEC TECHNOLOGIES)

CD-ROM2 SYSTEM (ENGLISH VERSION)

Blockbuster movies are quite often an inspiration for successful games, from the good old times of ZX-Spectrum and MSX to the modern 128-bits consoles of 21st century. Unfortunately, quality is not always a must on such games, and "The Addams Family" is a nice example... first, a little bit of history! :)

It's hard to believe that could still exist a single person which have never heard about "The Addams Family"! Maybe the youngest couldn't remember the old TV series, but they surely loved the adventures of Gomez and family on both excellent movies from Barry Sonnenfeld.

 

Success on theaters? Game is on the way! "The Addams Family" became a CD game for the Turbo-Grafx 16 (released only on the US). Produced by NEC Technologies and Icom Simulations, under license of Paramount Pictures, "The Addams Family" is an action game slightly based on the first movie. Your character is Tully Alford, a cheater interested on the wealth of this weird family and that must excel the eccentricities spread all over the Addams mansion. Your reward: a treasure promised by Gomez, if you succeed to pass through all the obstacles.

 

Though it's a game with nice graphics, yet pretty common, The Addams Family fails in three critical aspects: musics, gameplay and interest. It's unforgivable that a CD game doesn't have a single Redbook Audio track! My Gosh, the whole game doesn't use more than 12MB of the CD! Some Redbook tunes won't be that much... Besides, the difficulty isn't well balanced, with some incredibly easy areas mixed with irritating sections. There are no opening sequence, but just some digitized pictures along the game.

  

It can be noticed that The Addams Family was made in a great hurry, just to take advantage of the movie's sucess. This is sad, because the game could have been really, really cool... instead, it's only a silly action game, which can't be compared to other Icom's high quality games.

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

72%

Playability

59%

Musics and Sound Effects

52%

Interest

46%

OVERALL

57%

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