The Addams Family

The Addams Family Amiga
The Addams Family Amiga

The Addams Family Amiga Cover

The Addams Family Credits

  • Published by: Ocean
  • Developed by: Ocean Software Ltd.
  • Programming: James Higgins
  • Game Design: Warren Lancashire
  • Graphics: Warren Lancashire
  • Additional Graphics: Simon Butler
  • Music & Sounds: Jonathan Dunn
  • Produced by: Jon Woods
  • Released: 1992
  • Genre: Action, Platform

The Addams Family The Game

“Here we go again with another platform game from Ocean”. That’s what a lot of you out there may have thought when you initially heard about this game back in 1992, but hold on just one minute, this was a complete exception to the Ocean “Oh we’ve got the money let’s just knock out another crap platform game” rule…

This in my opinion was the Amiga equivalent to Mario and Sonic, I first played this game on a demo given with Amiga Format (I think it was that mag, it has been a while!!), and although it was only a one level demo it had me completely hooked, I played it at that time every night for about a fortnight, just longing to get my hands on the full version, which by the way did not disappoint. This game totally redefined platforming on the Amiga, it had playability that has not been in a platform game on the Amiga, bar maybe Superfrog, and as I have said, Ocean seemed to just throw out any old game at that time just because it had a good license, and sadly they must have sold well, because they could keep knocking them out regardless of how well the game played. The graphics on many Ocean games weren’t anything to shout about either, so this game was a really wonderful surprise. Anyways enough of my bitching about Ocean, I love them really, with this game, Epic, Robocop 3 etc. I can forgive them a “few” dogs!!

The Addams Family was a multi scrolling platform game, in that sense I mean that you weren’t pushed from left to right but you could go up, down and left to right to reach your goal, which was to find members of your family that had been kidnapped by some unknown force and placed in locations in and around the grounds of the Addams Family mansion. However whether it be in the graveyard of the mansion or within it’s walls, this game was huge, and I mean massive, I have no idea how many levels there were, just trust me that there are well over 100 and that’s not including all the secret rooms and areas, so be willing to put in some serious time to this game. You will though once you play it for the first time, the graphics are cute and chunky, the music is a remixed theme from the motion picture, and the gameplay is absolutely spot on, if you have ever played Mario then you are not far off what this game is about. The main character (Gomez – The “Dad” of the family) has to jump on the baddies head’s just like in Mario and Sonic to kill them and progress to the next area of the game.

The settings are suitably gothic, owing to the original theme of the movie, which includes ghosts, zombies, werewolves etc. etc. There are many of these baddies with varying degrees of movement and durability to dispose of in the game, and getting to an area that you had previously been stuck at before is a joy.

The Addams Family Amiga Screenshot

Start The Game

Is The Addams Family Naff?

Overall this was a fantastic Ocean license and in my opinion is hugely underrated, so if you now have the chance to play it I sincerely advise you to give it a go, as this is Amiga gaming at it’s very, very best.

Why can’t they make games these days that play like this!!??

Naffometer

9 / 10 Rating

9 / 10

The Addams Family 100 lives

This may not work as it is only valid on early versions of the game:

  • Enter 11111 as a password

The Addams Family Extra Lives

  • Press SPACE to pause the game
  • Press ESC
  • A screen with continue and escape doors will appear
  • Walk to the left to a room that has several bonus lives
  • You can also do this when the game ends to gain extra lives

The Addams Family Secret Room

  • Walk to the left in the hall of rooms until finding a door above you
  • Press UP to enter a secret room
  • Collect all the items and walk up to the door and press Up
  • You will find more items

The Addams Family Passwords

Status

Password

First Power-up &1#1#
Second Power-up ?1S1M
Third Power-up BLSRS
Pugsley V121B
Wednesday VD2RL
Granny V&YKW
Fester VL#R4
Extra Energy L1191
Rescue Pugsley 61H1C
Rescue Granny B&198
Rescue Fester B?KKV
Rescue Wednesday BLS1T
3 hearts after big tree &1Y1M
Hearts after fridge in kitchen ?191D
5 hearts after conservatory B919D
Pugsley (Games room) V1S14
Fester (Picture Gallery) V919B
Wednesday (Crypt) BG9K&
Granny (Kitchen) BLJK#
End of game #Z6D?

 

 

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