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KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child

Critic Score User Score
Dreamcast
51
2.4
Windows
71
3.3
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Description

Wicked Jester, a band of four, are headed for a Friday night gig at The Coventry, a rundown dive outside of town. They arrive only to find the parking lot deserted, the club seemingly dead. The band's members: Pablo Ramirez, Andy Chang, Gabriel Gordo and Patrick Scott, stepping from their van, are startled by a voice from the shadows. She offers them four tickets to a circus -- tonight's the grand finale! Having nothing better to do, the four accept and the nightmare begins.

Based on characters from comic book author Todd McFarlane, KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child brings the horror and carnage of the Psycho Circus to the PC in a shooter format. There are two-dozen creatures to battle with and three classes of weapons to use, each with four specific types: melee (beast claws, thornblade, twister and punisher), common (zero cannon, magma cannon, windblade and scourge) and ultimate (stargaze, galaxion, spirit lance and draco). In addition to the weaponry, temporary power-ups and instant items such as health, attack and defense powers are available.

Screenshots

KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows As long as the energy stations are intact, this boss enemy will regenerate.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Arachni-clowns throw lightning. Thanks to your gauntlets, you can throw lightning back at them.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Ka-boom
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Pamphlets found along the way describe your equipment, weapons, and enemies.

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User Reviews

Better than I thought... Windows Atomic Punch! (151)
KISS Fans this is an FPS for you! Dreamcast gametrader (229)
Great idea, mediocre execution Windows Dr.Bedlam (53)

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Windows Aug 13, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Joystick (French) Windows Sep, 2000 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Game Over Online Windows Jul 26, 2000 76 out of 100 76
IGN Windows Jul 27, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Windows Aug 14, 2000 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide Dreamcast 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
HonestGamers Dreamcast Aug 31, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Entertainmentopia Windows Nov 18, 2001 D 25

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Trivia

Extras

The US game box of KISS Psycho Circus came with a bonus Heavy Metal 2000 - Hyper CD that contained promotion/advertisement for the PC game Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2. It linked directly to the official website to deliver high quality video and CD-quality audio via the Web without any of the quality loss of streaming or the lengthy download time associated with the Web at large.

Packaging

Iin the U.S., the game was released in five different boxes. There was one box each with a drawing of each particular band member on the cover and then a Collector's Edition which had all four members on the cover.

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