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I wish Bethesda had managed to develop an 8-bit Home Alone that captured more of the magic of the film, but unfortunately, that is not the case. It’s not a terrible game by any means, but borders on both repetitive and frustrating, which is never good for any game. Unfortunately, the other version of Home Alone wasn’t any more fun, and if I had to choose, this would probably be the one I went with. Bethesda at least tried to make a decent adaptation, and hey, it’s still better than watching Home Alone 3 or 4.
Like the film, Home Alone provides some light family fun. It's a little shallow but I enjoyed the simple premise and holiday theme.
The lack of variety coupled with the general mindlessness of this game hardly makes it worth playing. What else can you expect from a game that’s released alongside a holiday movie anyways? Hopefully this game tanked harder than Macaulay’s career that holiday season and people ended up buying MC Hammer parachute pants instead. This game isn’t even worth the time to emulate, at least Total Recall had people punching through fences to warrant some sort of curiosity. What else is there to say other than don’t get caught HOME ALONE with this game. Punny.
These perplexing issues wreck what is a solid chase-game concept on
paper, and the fact that the game only lasts up to 20 minutes with no
other levels or options makes this a title that should be left all alone.
It's funny when you think about it. The object of the game is to waste time, and as it turns out, the game itself is a waste of time. Fancy that...
So here’s what you can do: You can lose, you can turn the game off, or you can hang yourself with the nearest string-like object over how bad this game is. I’d recommend the second option. Better yet, don’t bother playing it at all. Don’t get sucked into this menacing world of wayward, crack-addicted, waddling bums and Kevin, the poster boy for “Slow Children Playing” signs all across the nation.
Home Alone is one of the worst games I’ve barely been able to play for the NES. That statement includes any and all LJN titles.