Night Trap

a game by Digital Pictures
Genre: Action
Platforms: Sega CD 3DO
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 6.7/10 - 3 votes
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Night Trap
Night Trap
Night Trap
Night Trap

Dear Agent, This is your assignment: use the surveillance equipment in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Martin to make sure no harm comes to the five guests staying there. You can't trust these hosts, however, and watch out for the dark-clad thugs lurking about.

This Night Trap, the latest CD-ROM game for the Sega CD! Under my orders, you have access to camera and audio equipment installed in eight rooms of the house, including the driveway. Scan each room, looking for anything suspicious. If you find one of the prowlers lurking about, you can capture him using the trap in that room. These traps, strangely enough, were installed by the house owners and are all activated by a color code. If the owners catch on to what is happening, they will change the code and you'll have to figure out the new colors! For the traps to work, a person must be standing on a certain spot. A beeping sound is heard when one of these intruders is in the kill zone.

If you let too many nasties escape, I will personally take you off the mission! Also remember that you'll be relieved of duty if you trap a guest you're supposed to protect By the way, we have a spy among the five girls who will help you out whenever possible. Using live action sequences, become the guardian, of those guests! But don't get distracted too long in one room: there is always time for someone to fall prey to the Night Trap!

Game Reviews

Save the scantily clad ladies from the night creatures by shutting the fiends into traps throughout the house! By using strategy and a great deal of clues provided all around the manor, you may be successful - but don't count on it. Be quick about locking the bad guys up or the lives depending on you may be lost. Live action scenes flow smoothly and are very life-like. Night Trap is an exciting "thinking person's" game.

People say:

5.0

Although the full-motion video in Night Trap is virtually seamless, the smaller color palette makes many of the scenes somewhat difficult to make out. The acting is, on a whole, pretty bad, although some of the traps reach a cool conclusion. The game is too simple for my liking, but I am glad to see Dana Plato got work.

8.0

NT is a game that looks deceptively easy. This is because there are many things going on (on parallel video tracks!) that you can't see without a lot of trial and error and flipping from room to room. Although looking hokey, this just adds to the tongue-in-cheek humor. Not as easy as it looks! A spectacular use of video!

6.0

If there were ever a game targeted at the preteen male audience, this is the one. Sega uses their full motion video to delight your eyes with a group of attractive college co-eds wearing interesting clothing. There really insn't much exciting to the game play, the F.M.V. is kind of impressive for the genre. B-rated acting.

5.0

Night Trap is the type of title that makes me ask WHY? several times throughout the game. The digitized pictures are decent, but the plot needs some work. After playing for about five minutes, you will quickly lose interest in this one! Still, this is the cutting edge of technology, so accept some glitches here and there.

Night Trap is banned in England, banned in the U.S. Senate, and most importantly, banned in Toys "R" Us. Its use of real actors in a handful of C-grade horror movie death scenes makes this 3DO CO inappropriate for impressionable pre-teens. But if you're old enough to shell out 3DO bucks, view any current horror movie, or read a Stephen King novel, you'll wonder what all the commotion concerning this below-average CD game is really about.

The Last of Its Kind

Night Trap was the first Sega CD game, and this 3DO version is exactly the same game with minor cosmetic changes to the interface. The use of live actors in video, the TV-like props and dialogue, and the CD-quality sound were innovative at one time, but Trap's graphics and sounds now play like standard stuff.

Makes You Want to Scream

Night Trap is a low-energy, real-time action game that puts the 'couch" in couch potato. A house full of suspected vampires is rigged with eight cameras and trapdoors. Your task is to switch among the cameras and activate the traps to protect five unsuspecting visitors. Allow one fatality, and you're booted out of the game.

The trick is to simply jot down the time on the game clock whenever you discover bloodsuckers. Eventually, you create a time log. Then it's a simple matter of watching the clpck, moving to a room, waiting for a Trap Senior to light up, and pressing one button. The game asks very little oTthe controls, and they respond well.

The Horror, the Horror!

The acting is so bad it's funny, but your own twisted sense of humor is really all that juices this game's appeal. The vampire villains are blood-sucking yuppies. The five designated victims are nubile, young, unmarried, all-American "babes." Lumbering, masked secondary vampires called Augers do the real dirty work. An "auger," as defined by Webster's dictionary, is "a tool for boring holes in wood," which one could argue is essentially what happens when the Augers catch one of the airhead victims.

Good Night

Thanks to all the media hype, Night Trap has earned a place in video-game history as the first banned CD game. However, if you really want to see the scary undead, rent Dracw-la the movie. If you want graphic video game blood and guts...well, there's always Mortal Kombat.

ProTips:

  • Every Auger counts, so pause often and get your bearings. You want to know exactly when to be in what room.
  • Each time you hear a "click" it means Augers have entered the house and you missed 'em! Jot down the time when the click sounds to help you nail the Auger next time.
  • There aren't many code changes, but you'll never make it if you miss 'em. Follow the Martins and listen.
  • Better save Lisa in the first disc.
  • Don't stick around to watch the trapped Augers. Move quickly to the next trap.
  • The Augers in this 300 version appear at the same times and places as those in the Sega CD version.

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