System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Published by: Other
Review: I have the misfortune of being a very jumpy person. I don't like crap that jumps out at me. Yet I still find myself being drawn toward horror games. And when I started doing Let's Plays on Youtube, I wanted a simple horror game for the NES. My boyfriend suggested Uninvited, one of the MACVenture Trio — alongside its brothers Shadowgate and Déjà Vu.
The story is simple enough; after you crash your car during a storm, you come around to discover that you are before a mysterious mansion. Oh, and your sister decided to run off. Typical. Anyway, you decide to throw caution to the wind and begin breaking and entering, not concerned with possible angry homeowners with shotguns. When you begin to explore the house, though, you discover that nothing is like it seems... also, there's only one room with a toilet.
The game is very much like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You pick up items, discover tricks and traps, and any wrong move means you're dead. There's a variety of interesting deaths, from dead ends to ghosts, to even self-inflicted deaths (way to go, genius).
The music is quite fitting to the atmosphere, and even now I can find myself humming the theme of the little dancing monster, as much as I wanted to punt that little bastard. The graphics are what you'd expect from an NES game—and the guy who owned the mansion had no sense of interior decorating. Maybe he was trying to follow Feng Shui.
I did enjoy the game; it required a lot of out-of-the-box thinking, and I had to backtrack a few times in my quest to go get my idiot sister out of whatever trouble she got herself in. I won't reveal to you where exactly she is, but I will say I facepalmed when I found out. Out of the three MACVenture games, I think I enjoyed Uninvited the most.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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