Review Information
Reviewer Name: ninjabearhug
Reviewer Email: Private
Game Difficulty: Medium
Difficulty Options: False
Game Information
Full Title: Addams Family
Year Released: 1993
Game Type: Platform
Max Players: 1
Introduction


I've always been a fan of movie tie-ins, although they're often lame I normally still manage to enjoy them. This is a tie-in for the original Addams Family movie, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so did they manage to make a decent game out of it? Read on to find out...
Gameplay
I suppose this would be classed as a platformer although the main aim of the game is to free your family, generally by solving puzzles, so maybe you could class it as a lite-RPG. You start off in the Addams Family garden and pretty much straight away your given your first clue as to what you need to do when a screen appears telling you to enter a hidden crypt. It's just as well you get the hint really as it would take forever to work out by yourself! After a hazard ridden stroll across your garden you come to the crypt, inside which is 4 doors, one of which leads to instant death! Guess which door I went through first! And so the trial and error begins. quite often you find yourself having to replay parts of this game over and again until you get used to the controls, which can be kind of annoying and I suppose a lot of people would just shelve it. There's quite a bit of backtracking to do in this game too, so if you die late on in the game (the pond for instance) you have loads of work to do to get back to the same point again. But still, after completing this game I can confirm that it is worth persisting with. Once you get drawn into the game it's quite simple to control and you really want to get through it and rescue your family.
Graphics
The graphics aren't really anything special, but I liked them. The only really bad part is in the kitchen when you have knifes and pans flying at you from all directions, its often quite difficult to see them. The characters and enemies are quite nicely animated for their small size and the majority of them are easily recognisable, just the bats that are a bit dodgy looking. The backgrounds as well as the level layout are all pretty nice to look at, although it's quite often a matter of trial and error working out what you can and can't stand on or climb!
Sound & Music
The background music for this game is so annoying! At first you're quite impressed with the plinky plonky version of the Addams Family movie soundtrack, but after an hour of the same tune playing over and over you get sick of hearing it! The sound effects too are pretty lame, and the same sound is used for pretty much every sound effect throughout the game. Overall not a very impressive musical score.
Controls
At first they're absolutely terrible! But give it a few goes and you soon get used to them. This is one of those games where your jumps have quite often got to be pixel perfect, annoying at first but after a bit of practise it becomes second nature getting as close to the edge of platforms as possible before jumping. The freezer level will drive you mad though, even after completing the game twice, I still couldn't manage to get through that bit without losing a life!
Replay Value
Scores
Gameplay
Graphics
Music & Sound
Controls
Replay Value
I'm not sure whether there is any replay value or not with this one. I suppose it depends how well you do the first time you complete it. The only real replayability factor is to get a better score, which means collecting as much money as possible, but I estimate the max amount of money in the game to be around 1,060,000 and you need a million just to finish the game. I'm not sure many people would want to spend the effort searching for the Secret treasure rooms to max out their score. I Did :).
Conclusion
Overall I reckon this is a fun, and probably often overlooked little game. I can imagine people getting infuriated with the controls and just not bother giving it the chance it deserves. If people stick with it I reckon most will have a fun and memorable experience. I really enjoyed the game but I'm doubtful I'll play it again, as I think I have gotten everything there is to get out of the game already. I did complete it 3 times just to make sure though.
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