Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition

Screaming Villains

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
62
Top Critic Average
33%
Critics Recommend
Based on 15 critic reviews
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Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCAug 15, 2017
PlayStation 4Aug 15, 2017

Developer: Screaming Villains

Genre: Interactive Story

Originally developed by Digital Pictures in 1987 and released in 1992, Night Trap has been completely rebuilt, bringing it to a level of video quality never before seen. Night Trap tells the story of five teenage girls spending the weekend at the Martin home. As a member of the Special Control Attack Team, your job is to monitor the home and protect the girls using an intricate system of cameras and traps as it is being invaded by vampires. Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition also includes new features such as deleted scenes, two documentaries, the all-new Theater that allows you to watch all story-related videos uninterrupted, a new mode with online functionality called Survivor that will test your skills at trapping intruders and behind the scenes production images. For the first time ever, the unreleased prototype Scene Of The Crime will be fully playable and included with Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition.

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Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition | Release Date Announcement

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Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition | Survivor Reveal

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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.

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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.

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Overall the game can still be completed rather quickly, and the experience is definitely shallow as far as depth goes, but it's charming and a great piece of videogame history.

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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.

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