Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition
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Developer: Screaming Villains
Genre: Interactive Story
For whatever it's worth, I like Night Trap. It is a bad game, but I like it. Screaming Villains' love-letter to one of the most notorious video games of all time has to be the most oddly-conceived re-release in gaming history. But I can't think of another game, that's so bad, that somehow deserves the recognition so much.
If developer Screaming Villains had gone back and reworked parts of the original game – perhaps adding rewind or “no fail” features – then at least Night Trap would be playable. By today's standards, however, it's a broken, incoherent mess. A relic that, despite being deeply nostalgic, is almost impossible to stomach for those who aren't already zealous fans of the original. Still, for all its flaws, it's a unique piece of video game history and one enthusiasts should definitely look into, even if they don't actually play Night Trap for themselves.
If nothing else, Night Trap is a historic document. A nostalgia trip for some and an insight into a rare gaming niche for others. Presented here with insightful extras and a modern lick of paint, it still stands up as a genre curio. There isn't much content here and continued enjoyment will rely on how much you are willing to replay the main story. But, if you succumb to its corny charms, this is a game as entertaining to play as it is to watch.