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Title: Splatterhouse
Author:Namco
Rom Player: Hugo
Reviewer: ItalianStereotype

Synopsis: I look around these days and I notice a lot of people buying "survival horror" games. Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark, Silent Hill, whatever. If one were to ask any of these people the first survival horror they ever played, I would be willing to bet that very few would say Splatterhouse and fewer still would have played it on the Turbo.

The story basically goes as follows: Rick Taylor and Jennifer Wills, two parapsychologist college kids, are out to find out the secret of mad scientist Dr. West's mansion, the Splatterhouse. Nobody had heard from Dr. West in many years, but it was said that he had conducted horrible experiments in a secret laboratory and created an unspeakable evil. Unfortunately for our two nerdy, demon-hunting lovebirds, this unspeakable evil is a stereotypical video game villain and kidnaps Jennifer. Rick awakens hours later covered in blood to find an ancient evil mask attached to his head and a purpose for life. Now we have ourselves a game.

Graphics-The graphics are absolutely what made this game. Before Mortal Kombat shocked the world with its bucket of blood and feeble fatalities, Splatterhouse barely rocked the boat with its exploding guts, cleaving faces, dismembering body parts, hell-fire, eternal damnation, AIDS, and general mutilation. The arcade version is whole lot more violent and gruesome than even the Turbo game, which should tell you something when you play this game. Even with all the advances made in graphic engines today, I still love the simple, gruesome visuals that made this game what it is.

Game Play-Unfortunately, there is not much depth to the game play. Rick pretty much just runs along smashing faces and splattering blood, bone, and meat with basic punch and kick attacks. It became a whole hell of a lot more interesting whenever you stumbled across a weapon though. Shotguns, meat cleavers, 2x4 lengths of wood, and various other instruments of blood and death assist you in carving a macabre path through the veritable hordes of ghouls hunting you down.

Music-Very moody and appropriate. Not overly memorable though...

Originality-Ok, so the storyline is a bit weak. That is not the reason you play this game and if you don't like it simply because of the story, I will see you off to Hell personally and take great pleasure in doing so. What made this game so great and original was the copious amounts of blood, guts, and gore and the creative demon/beast monsters trying to kill you. Of course, when I was a kid, one of the delightful consequences of playing this game was capturing the look of sheer disgust and the horrified screams of my mother.

If you have a Turbo 16, there is really no excuse not to get Splatterhouse. This is one of the best games on the system and one of the most entertaining series ever. EVER.

Best Cheats: Not aware of any.

Game Play: 7
Graphics: 10
Music/Sound: 9
Originality: 7
Overall Rating: 8

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