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“Night Trap is the first CD title with continuous full-motion video and audio. It plays like
a movie, with hours of awesome gameplay.”
Night Trap was one of the most infamous games ever.
The game was developed by Digital Pictures and was the first game to make use of full
motion video as the actual game. It also has the distinction as being one of the Mega CD’s
launch titles in both the US and Europe.
This game caused enough hassle to warrant the attention of the US government and
subsequently the introduction of the first ever game rating system.
Yet despite the reports to the contrary through the efforts of the press and preconceptions
among non-gamers, that-really-controversial-yet-harmless-and-crap-actually game is
generally regarded as pretty dire and one of the worst of all time irrespective of the drama
Unfortunately Night Trap was the start of several years of FMV torture which eventually
killed the system.
Though the game is not particularly a masterpiece of entertainment, it’s impact can not be
underestimated. Plenty of sites on the Internet that will go into great detail about the
whole Night Trap saga. It is well worth a look into one of the most bizarre but important
times in the history of games.
For one such site check out Defunct Games.
A group of 5 teenage girls have recently disappeared after spending the night at the
lakeside residence of a Mr and Mrs Victor-Martin along with their 2 children; Geoff and
Sarah. No trace of what happened to them remains.
Right now, another group of 5 girls is heading there to spend the night. You mission is to
prevent any harming from coming to those girls.
Last night an agent surveyed the house and found a bizarre security system; hidden
cameras in almost every room and a series of traps. An override has been planted into the
system giving you control.
In addition to this an agent has been placed in the group of girls heading there for the
night. Watch for signals from her during the course of the game.
Be afraid...be very afraid..
The gameplay to Night Trap is actually pretty limited. For the most part you will be
watching the movie window. The gameplay can be described as merely pushing certain
same buttons at the right time.
After the game boots up you will be given a briefing by Mr SCAT - Commander Simms of
the Sega Control Attack Team. He is the man in charge of the operation and also has an
He outlines the mission and the situation. You can either listen to him
and enter the game about 7 minutes in or press start to skip his rant and just straight into
Your function throughout the game is to activate the various traps inside the house to
capture the intruders - in this case the bin-bag wearing Ogres (amongst others) - and thus
prevent any harm to the newly arrived youthful female objects.
This is accomplished via voyeurism, i.e watching the activities of the people in the house
on the series of hidden cameras. In addition to seeing them each character has their own
theme most noticeably that of the Ogres. When something or someone unsavoury
approaches a trap you activate said device at a particular time for it to contain them
sometimes including an amusing chain of events. Some rooms have more than one trap.
The D-pad moves your cursor around at the bottom of the screen the 8 rooms of the
house with cameras. installed at the bottom of the screen. Your choices are as follows:
Button A activates the camera in the room you have selected.
Button B activates a trap when possible.
Button C changes the trap access code. If you have the wrong trap code for the system
then you will not to be to trap any ogres.
Pressing start will pause the game and also display a map of the house.
Traps can only be activated when things are close. This is when the trap sensor
approaches red. You will probably be able too see that there is something near by
watching the film. Pressing the B button to being the trap sequence at just the right time
will most likely never happen so it best to keep pressing as fast as you can.
For this to be possible you will need to know the access code for the traps at all times.
This changes at certain points in the game and is random. You will need to listen to the
conversations of the people in the house to know what the next code will be. It will be a
colour out of the following choices; Red, Green, Orange, Yellow, Purple and Blue.
Possible and Captured indicate the number Ogres that are present in the house. There will
always be some bin-bag wearers lurking around the house so they will never be equal. This
will go up constantly as the game progresses. When a target enters the house a pop sound
If your mission fails you will be exited from the game via 2 ways; if you allow too many
bin-bags in the house or if any of the girlies come to an unfortunate demise. There are
certain points in the game where you must have captured enough intruders or need to take
pivotal action. Should you fail you will be ejected. If you are exited you will receive leave
with a verbal spanking from Mr SCAT.
The game comes spanned across 2 CDROMs. Many sources inaccurately state that there
is about 2 hours of gameplay but in reality the total running time of the game is only 25
Night Trap was also released on the Panasonic 3DO.
Digital Pictures released several other FMV based games including Ground Zero Texas
and Double Switch.
The Mega CD version was re-released in the US for Halloween.
Later with the advent of the 32X a slightly upgraded version was released. Whilst the content is exactly the same as the original version this edition sported a larger FMV window with better visuals and cleaner audio.
A PC version was also released and this version is the rarest of them all. This has “Directors Cut” embedded in it’s title so presumably there is some extra content.
When the credits have finished scrolling and the words "In Memory of Stephen D
Hassenfield" are being displayed, press Up, A, A, A, A, A. You will be shown some
footage of the NEMO game system being demoed to a group of Hasbro Executives in
Generally you can tell when you have switched to a room where there is activity (or a
bin-bag) because the scene will take slightly longer to load.
A complete solution to the game can be found here.
Review of the Mega CD Version
It Made the top 20 Worst
Review of the PC Version at Games Domain
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