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Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! is the first game made by ICOM, known for its adventure games such as Shadowgate and Uninvited. It featured mouse support, a multi-window interface, and bitmapped graphics at a time when text-based interactive fiction was the norm.

In Deja Vu, action takes place in Chicago in December 1941. Your character's name is Theodore "Ace" Harding - a retired boxer working as a private eye. He wakes up in a toilet stall of a sleazy pub with no memory of who he is or what he is doing there. To make matters worse, you as him soon stumble upon a very dead corpse upstairs with three bullets buried in him. Sure enough, you find there's a gun in your pocket with three bullets missing. From there you have to figure out what happened and who you are before whatever is happening to your brain turns you into a mindless vegetable. To make matters worse the cops would very much like to have a word with you about that stiff.


Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! DOS Pete's All-Nite-Gun Palace. Sounds like wholesome fun for the whole family.
Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! PC-98 Friend of yours? I doubt it...
Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! NES Game Over
Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! DOS Pete's got guns for sale.

Alternate Titles

  • "Déjà Vu" -- NES title
  • "ディジャブ A Nightmare Comes True!!" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Film Noir, 8-bit style NES ETJB (447)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jan, 1991 4.5 out of 5 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1987 10.25 out of 12 85
1UP! NES Jun 15, 2002 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1988 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan NES Jul 17, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Quebec Gamers NES Mar 29, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Lens of Truth NES Mar 01, 2010 6 out of 10 60 NES Dec, 2002 2.9 out of 10 29


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1001 Video Games

Déjà Vu appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga release

On startup, the Amiga version says "Déjà Vu Nov 19,1986", but it is doubtful that the game was released before the end of the year.

Version differences

This game was ported to a variety of systems from its original Macintosh platform, including the Nintendo NES console system. The Mac version featured significantly crispier graphics in black and white and its operating environment set the tone for the game's multi-window interface, while the NES version was subjected to several major changes (the syringe was replaced with digestible capsules, and some of the text was altered as well to save space or edit content).

Related Web Sites

  • Déjà Vu Review (NES Video review on the Retroware TV website.)
  • Howard & Nester do Deja Vu (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In Volume 23's two-page installment, Nester takes on the role of the film noir amnesiac investigator, contending with a photograph of a fat lady, sewer alligators and a car bomb outside of Joe's Bar -- elements all lifted right out of the game.)
  • Schnittbericht (A detailed list of cuts in the NES version (German).)
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