The Addams Family

The Addams Family
a game by Acclaim, and Ocean
Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG, Arcade Classics, Platformer
Platforms: PC Engine, Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, Sega Master SystemSega Master System, NESNES, GameBoy, GameGear
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 15 reviews
User Rating: 8.5/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Movie-based Games, Addams Family Games, The Addams Family Games

They're spooky, a little kooky, and on the Game Gear, they're boring in this repetitive side-scroller by Flying Edge. The Addams Family should seriously consider some family counseling.

The Family that Plays Together

As in the Genesis version, you guide Gomez through graveyards, haunted mansions, and hidden rooms, solving puzzles and searching for other members of The Family. You clear out enemies by bouncing on their heads. The head-jumping thing may suit Mario just fine, but Gomez seems ill at ease with all that hoppirf and boppin'. You often fall into crevices or onto spikes before you even know what's happening (later you'll be able to enlist Thing as a shield). Enemies run the gamut from A to B, with a lot of skeletons and ghosts.

The graphics and sound are detailed but repetitive (you can see minor creatures like the carnivorous plants, but the Bone Rooms are all the same). The enemies are one-dimensional and easy to avoid. The music is also very repetitive. The Addams Family theme song will be burned into your brain.

A Family Matter

The game is long and involved, but if you could channel surf on your Game Gear, you'd probably be watching something else right now.

If you're tired of repetitive side-scrollers with little to offer but a brand name (the Flinstones, Rocky and Bullwin-kle), then stay away from this family. But, if you've got time (and brain cells) to kill, you may want to go over to the house and see how the Addamses are doing.

ProTips:

  • Bounce on the carnivorous plants in the beginning of this level and you'll find some food.
  • To get into the house, travel to the right of the first level until you can go no further. Then press Button 2, and you'll come to the room with the skeleton. Bounce on his head three times and he coughs up the key.

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PC Engine

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

SNES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

NES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Gameboy

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GameGear

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

If you've played Ocean's SNES version of The Addams Family, then you've probably seen most of the action in this Genesis game. Addams Family for the Genesis is an almost exact port-over of the original. If you loved the first game, you might want to add this one to your Genesis portfolio.

Gotta Thing For You

Gomez has big trouble on his hands. Scheming conniver Abigail Craven has brainwashed Uncle Fester into helping her steal the Addams' hidden family fortune. Gomez must now search for his missing family members and restore Fester's memory before it's too late.

ProTip: Tricks and tips that works in the SNES version of the game also work in this version.

The Addams' action is classic hop-n-bop in the tradition of Super Mario Bros. As Gomez searches the Addams Mansion for his missing clan, he's attacked by hordes of creepy crawlers, which he disposes of by jumping on them. Each area of the Mansion has secret rooms, hidden passageways, and other delightfully spooky surprises. Fun power- ups include a Fez that makes Gomez fly and Running Shoes that make him faster. When Gomez reaches certain rooms in the Mansion, he fights bosses, collects missing Addams Family members, and earns a password.

Addams Advantage

Gomez walks, jumps, and climbs with his typical great gusto. The controls are straight-forward and easy to use. This doesn't make The Addams Family a snap, however. Gomez dies easily, and the game play's probably too frustrating for most beginning gamers.

Despite tiny sprites, Addams Family's graphics are appropriately ooky and kooky, with cartoon-style animation. Although there's nothing groundbreaking, it doesn't matter. The game's focus is on the game play and finding the secret surprises. Sinister tunes and creaky sound effects only help to add to the ambiance.

  • To reach Pugsley's Den, go Into the Main Hall and walk left until you're standing directly under the first door. Push Up and a secret door opens that leads to Pugsley's Den.
  • When Gomez dies, he ends up on the Continue Screen. Walk left past the door and you'll enter a hidden room with four 1-ups.

Heat! Sweet! Petite!

The Addams Family is a highly entertaining game that plays as well -- exactly as well -- as it did on the SNES. Genesis owners who've never played the game will enjoy roaming through the Addams Mansion. Those who've seen it before might as well Lurch in the other direction.

They're curious and kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're altogether ooky-right, the Addams Family! No other clan in the land will drive you in circles like they do, especially now that NEC is bringing The Addams Family to the TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM System. Here's a peek under the coffin lid at this game, which is due out in November.

You Raaaang!

Afficionados of the off-beat and bizarre ought to know America's premiere weird household from the classic TV show. If you don't, welL.go see the movie!

This game is based on the big screen flick and the CD characters resemble the star-studded cast, which includes Raoul Julia, Angelica Houston, and Christopher Lloyd. They play members of the star-crossed Addams family Gomez, Morticia, Grandmama, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Wednesday, and Lurch as they return to unsettle our lives once again. (Who knows maybe Cousin Itt and Pussycat will make cameo appearances!)

This wacky single player adventure puts you in the shoes of weary Addams' Family lawyer, Tully Alford, as you navigate your way through the Addams' mansion to locate the family treasure. You must uncover the maddening maze beneath the spooky house and then try to work your way through a nasty network of tunnels, secret rooms, and pitfalls. In all, you'll explore more than 30 rooms. Along the way, you deal with the odd-ball Addams family as they try to slow you down or give you helpful advice. Poor soul!

You'd better keep your eyes peeled for a coven of curious weapons such as the spring-loaded high-tops and the invincibility overcoat if you want to make it through the game with your sanity intact.

Wat's the Way of the Weird!

If you're a closet Addams Family member, it's time to get a moontan by the swamp! The Addamses are about to invite you over for a cup of hemlock tea.

The Addams Family, that's who! NEC just put the finishing touches on this haunting new movie-disc, so here's a full scale review.

The Trouble with hilly

In the Paramount motion picture, Addams Family attorney Tully Alford was even more of a creep than any member of the Addams clan - he tried to bilk them out of the family fortune, remember? Now he's got one last chance to redeem his rude behavior. Weirdo head-of-the-household Gomez challenges you as Tully to a win-it-all or lose-it-all game of treasure hunting in The Addams' mansion.

Music to Chill and to Thrill

Since the Addams' latest haunt is the CD drive, you're probably expecting some super-spooky effects, music, and even voices. Right on! The cackles of the ghosts, the chain-rattling of the ghouls, the bubbling of Granny's cauldron, and of course the theme song are all movie-quality. At certain points in the game you'll scope a "cinema" still pic straight from the flick accompanied by dialogue recorded by professional actors! Unfortunately, the in-game action graphics are decidedly un-creepy.

Behind Door Number One....

To find his way through the Addams' side-view mansion, Tully collects keys, matches up the color to a door, and tries his unlocking luck. Sometimes he'll discover treasure, other times he'll find a gaggle of ghosts, and occasionally he'll stare nose-to-wart at a very annoyed Addams. Yikes! Eventually he wants to reach the study, open the secret passage, and muck through the sewers in search of the fabled Addams Family vault.

Tully's a pretty meek guy, so he totes a harmless-looking but lightning-charged black umbrella to fend off the horrors of the Addams house. Later into the mansion Tully duels with Gomez, so he must find a Sword along the way. He gets three lives to live and no continues, but that's fair because the challenge is balanced appropriately.

All in the Family

This family portrait is enough to make any photographer cringe! Each member will pull the downright dirtiest of tricks to throw you off the treasure trail. With cunning, wits, luck, and a few underhanded moves of your own, you'll send them packing.

Mr. Eccentricity himself Uncle Fester is your first opponent in the Mausoleum, but things take a turn for the nasty when he slips, loses his memory, and makes a made dash of his own for the vault. You'll see more of him later.

Next you have it out with Wednesday, who decides to "play nice" with Mr. Alford by levitating her toys and smashing them into your face. What a brat! Her brother Pugsley is just as bad, if not worse. Things get hairy when his Lab's science experiments go berserk.

Granny's brewing up a storm in the Kitchen, so if you're not agile consider yourself as good as slimed. Even if you beat her once she returns to haunt another day, the next time in the Attic. Mor-ticia gives you a double dose of Addams oddities, once in her Green, err..., make that Deadhouse, and again in the Den.

Lurch the butler patrols the hallway and generally makes a nuisance of himself. Thing crawls finger-over-finger and manages to get underfoot at the most inopportune moments. And pop Gomez, a self-styled swashbuckler, uses his rapier-sharp wit and blade to confound you in the study and later at the end of the game in defense of the vault.

You Rang?

Aside from the so-so play visuals, the only knock against the Addams CD is the sloooooooow loading time when you change rooms. Still, the running, jumping, shooting, and item-grabbing gameplay is some of the best around, comparable to carts such as The Simpsons for the NES. If your taste in video games is as perverse as The Addams' sense of humor, this is one night of frights you won't want to pass up!

ProTips:

  • To dispatch Granny's infernal stove, stand on the edge of the table, leap over her UGGGH cuisine attacks, and shoot each piece of the steam pipe. You'll score ' the Green Key.
  • Rapid-fire shoot the Venus Human Trap plant at the end of Morticia's Greenhouse to earn the Blue Key.
  • Ride Gomez's large-as-life electric trains to a plethora of emeralds and other treasures.
  • Never re-enter an Addams Family member's room or you might have to refight him or her for no reward!
  • To speed up your umbrella shots, set Button It on maximum Turbo.
  • Duck and press Select to open a Hurricane Irene book, which blows away all minor enemies on the screen and damages major creeps.
  • Duck and shoot Fester just as he tosses light bulbs, and in-between shots take time to leap over the tarantulas and splat the bats.
  • When you hear a haunting laugh, you've entered an Empty room with spooks but no treasure and you should leave immediately. However, this blue first-floor ghost room contains the most valuable prize in the game, the Sword!
  • To beat Wednesday at her own game, keep moving and shoot her floating toys. They fly in patterns, so be fast.

You know them as the ever-popu-lar Addams Family, and now, the kooky family has their very own video game for the Super NES. Uncle Fester has been placed under a spell by Abigail Craven, a conniving character anxious to get her hands on the Addams Family fortune. Having recruited a misled Uncle Fester, and assisted by her cohorts, Tully and The Judge, she manages to capture the other members of the Addams Family.

Only Gomez can save the day by freeing Pugsley, Wednesday, Granny, and restoring Uncle Fester's memory. Gomez must then set out to find The Judge and free Morti-cia.

The Addams Family is a long, RPG-type of adventure. This game will not be beaten in a day! You play Gomez Addams who must search each room of the Addams' household in order to find clues where the family members are being held! Each room holds many surprises to be found!

Door 1 leads to the outside of the mansion. There is not much to be found outside, but it is a good place to get a feel for the game. Door 2 leads to the Old Oak Tree. Be sure to look carefully because there is another heart located here. Hint: Always look a gift tree in the mouth!

Door 3 leads to the Conservatory. This is where Gomez likes to relax, but not today! Many hazards await Gomez here, like the birds and the spiked beetles. Make it to the end and great rewards await you! First, though, you must locate the on/off switch! Door 4 leads to the Music Room. Here you will see Lurch playing his harpsichord. However, he will not let you past unless you rescue the family first. Door 5 leads to the Portrait Gallery. Do not let the beautiful artwork distract you, you have work to do. Be sure to look for the Dark Room within this level, you just may become richer!

Door 6 leads to the Kitchen. Your success will be decided at this point, depending on which way you take here. Choose wisely! Finally, Door 7 leads to Pugsley's favorite place, The Game Room. In here, you need to watch out for the swinging pendulums and the guillotine. There are also some special surprises that await you!

After defeating each of the captors holding your family members, return to the Music Room where the family awaits you. There, the family gives Lurch a part of a tune that Lurch will play to reveal a secret passage. This sector is where you must fight the final boss, The Judge!

The first part of this second quest involves travelling through the infamous Chain Room. As you pass through, you must watch what chains you grab onto, as some of them will disappear!

Then, make your way through the Addams Vault. All you need to do in this section is simply collect money. Then, you go through the door to meet with your next major test - The Judge!

The Addams Family is the perfect blend of role playing and adventure game. The various levels, while looking deceptively easy, are challenging and cleverly done. Unlike many of the new S-NES games which are way too easy, the Addams Family will not be a game which you'll beat in one sitting, even with the maps provided here. Coming in March! Look for it!

The Addams Family has disappeared within the confines of their spooky house. Only Pugsley knows where he is. As Pugsley, you must save your family. The quest won't be easy, as a sordid bunch of creepies have invaded the family home. Big bosses and gnarly traps will also pose a threat to our young hero.

Pugsley starts out with two life meter hearts, but he can find more. If those run out, Pugsley croaks! Along the way, special items can be found, like a beanie cap that allows him to fly, and shoes that let him run. This game plays well for the NES, and like its 16-Bit brother, it's a player's game. Lots of technique and strategy make it a real chilling challenge for all players!

As it things weren't ooky enough! Now Pugsley Addams must go on a simply torturous scavenger hunt. There's all sorts of unnaturally delightful traps. And hidden switches all about, which produce the loveliest, blood-curdling effects when Pugsley runs into them. There's even magic money which has an extra lively effect you won't want to miss. So get ready to get spooky, and get set to get kooky...it's Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt! En garde!

The movie is coming in December as will the great CD action game. Loads of digitized graphics and special effects will make this one of NEC's finest.

The ooky, kooky, and somewhat spooky Addams Family has arrived for the SNES. Conniving Abigail Craven has impassioned the Addams Family. As Gomez, you work hand-in-hand with Thing to find your family and stop Abigail.

Gomez must explore the mansion to find the missing members of his family in this side-view, horizontally and vertically scrolling, one-player, action/adventure game Each family member is guarded by a boss behind one of the mansion's doors. Gomez can search the mansion in any order he likes, but some areas are definitely less ooky and spooky than others.

The house is infested with a wacky cast of baddies only the Addams could love. Gomez begins the game unarmed, but he can find golf balls and a sword. Search everywhere for hidden rooms and secret doors. After Gomez defeats each boss, he gathers a missing family member. When he gathers all of the family members, he must search for Morticia in the underground vaults.

ProTips:

  • Use the enemies to your advantage by bouncing off them to higher ledges.
  • Bonus rooms are hidden everywhere! Check above doors and through fake walls.

Addams Family requires the same quick ducking, precision jumping, and hop and bop skills as the Mario games. Great graphics, sinisterly authentic sounds, and a monstrous level of challenge add up to a package that will make you happy... completely. If you're impatiently awaiting the next Mario adventure, The Addams Family will make perfect house guests in the meantime.

From the start, head left to find a flying fez hat. Then fly up to the chimneys for 1-ups and money!

You're Tully. You're a lawyer. And you're a goofball. At least that's what the normal all-American family the Addams Family thinks.

Luckily Gomez thinks you're O.K. He'll give you part of his treasure, that is, if you can outwit his eccentric clan.

Get ready for surprises as you search through their sprawling 30-room mansion. Some family members will give you clues. Some won't! But don't expect Thing to lend you a hand, or Pugsley, for that matter. He's got a chemical arsenal waiting in his diabolical lab. It could be an explosive situation.

In this game, the stakes are high. Defeat Gomez and the treasure's yours. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. You might fit right in.

America's spookiest, kookiest family is about to invite us into their home for a little arsenic tea and batwing cakes -- you go first. Based on the movie. You raaang!

In this mediocre, one-player jump and dodge game, you're Gomez, pop of the Addams clan. Tully Alford, the family attorney, is after the Addams' bucks and he's taken Morticia, Granny, Pugsley, Wednesday, and Lurch hostage. Guess who has to save them?

The Addams mansion is where the bulk of this family-saving adventure takes place, where you try to avoid Tully's traps in 30 locations. Along the way you must scoop up the family fortune. You need $1,000,000 to eventually save Morticia.

Occasionally you must solve a puzzle to continue. For instance, after you rescue Wednesday from the freezer, you'll have to thaw her out if you want her attic key. (Hint: The Furnace is nice and warm.)

The Addamses are a special family. Unfortunately, there's nothing special about this game. It's a run-of-the-mill jump and dodge game with average graphics and a ho-hum challenge level. The music is the absolute worst -- an NES rendition of the Addams Family theme song that plays over and over and over and over and over.

Every once in a while you're reminded that the classics are sometimes the best. Gimme a copy of Fester's Quest! Ooky indeed!

Six video games released from 1989 to 1994 were based on The Addams Family. Fester's Quest (1989) was a top-down shooter that featured Uncle Fester. The Addams Family platformer was released for Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, with later ports for Sega Genesis (based on the Super NES version), Master System and Game Gear (both based on the NES version but with different graphics), TurboGrafx-CD (developed separately) and ZX Spectrum; these games, released by Ocean Software (Flying Edge in the case of the Sega consoles ports) (ICOM Simulations for the TurboGrafx-CD version), these were based on the first movie rather than the TV series or cartoons. The games' sequel, The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (1993), also by Ocean Software was based on the ABC animated series, and was released for Super NES, NES and Game Boy (although the latter two were just 8-bit remakes of the first SNES game, swapping Pugsley and Gomez's roles). Addams Family Values (1994) by Ocean was based on the movie's sequel and returned to the style of gameplay seen in the original Fester's Quest.

A Game Boy Color game was released in the 1990s for promotion of "The New Addams Family." The game was simply titled, "The New Addams Family Series."

A pinball game by Midway (under the Bally label) was released in 1992 shortly after the movie. It broke previous sales records by selling over 20,000 units.

Meet the famous characters from 60's series - Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Granny, Lurch and Gomez! Tully Afford the attorney evicted them from their mansion. As Gomez, you have to fight hideous monsters and flying utensils, avoid traps and find your lost family.

This game was released in 1992 by Ocean. It's pretty slow and easy, but way too long. There's timer in this game, though. Jumping on platforms is annoying and there's only one song in the entire game. You have to find all keys to unlock all doors; this is the only way to gather all the family members. Think about it like it's puzzle. Graphics is lovely and funny. You can collect items and potions to survive. Your only weapon is your own body - you have to jump on your enemy to terminate it.

For those that love the 1960’s television show and the movie, The Addams Family is an adventurous platform game based on the famous series. The game begins as an evil lawyer plots to steal the family’s fortune and forces the Addams family from their home. This single player game allows the player to control Gomez as he runs and jumps through various levels filled with enemies in search of his missing family and to save the family fortune. Gomez uses his bow and some arrows, along with several power-ups like health and free lives to combat monsters and dodge traps. In the end, the player, as Gomez, faces Tully Alford - the backstabbing lawyer. The developer and publisher of The Addams Family is Ocean of America, Inc. Distributers of the game were GTI and the game released in 1991.

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