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.
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