||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)
||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines
||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes
|Sound / Music
||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition
|Story / Presentation
||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed
|Overall MobyScore (9 votes)
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Hardcore Gaming 101
The question: Should you buy Taboo? Well, it depends. If you are a diehard adventure fan (or shooter, or RPG, or whatever else) then pass this over; it'll bore you to tears. However, if you're looking for a party game (and I really don't know too many people who break out their NES at a party and go "Let's play a game" - not unless it's a kid's birthday party, and Taboo isn't exactly recommended for kids) or you just want something completely unique for the NES (which was my case) then Taboo might interest you.
So there you have it. It's cryptic, it's dark, and it didn't tell me a damn thing. Well, I suppose that's a lie, because my question was indeed answered. This game is not much fun at all, and never got any better past the title screen. Don't waste much time on this, unless you are heavily medicated and want a five-minute freakout.
In short, Taboo sucked hard. It was only fun to ask jerky questions and watch the shuffle sequence. Everything else sucked. Control was alright in the one part that required control, but even then it still sucked. Replay sucked, but not as badly as the initial play, which may seem impossible, but then again you've probably never "played" Taboo. Be that as it may, I only ask that you try to see, that when someone asks me which I would rather do, I can proudly say, "Smash my scrotum!"
Now if I was going to casually barter away my immortal soul to the forces of darkness I’d expect something pretty major in return: eternal youth, my own personal harem of succubi, or maybe Panzer Dragoon Saga still in the original shrinkwrap. But if you want to meddle with insatiable forces beyond mortal ken just for an incomprehensible glimpse into the future, go right ahead. No really, see if I care. Just don’t blame me when ROB the Robotic Operating Buddy starts leaving the house at night in search of human flesh.
The Video Game Critic
It didn't take long for me to realize that this cartridge is a pointless waste of time. You'd think the developer (Rare) might have snuck something clever in there like "You enjoy playing Nintendo", or "You will witness a murder tonight!" But no, it's always very vague and uninteresting. Once all the cards are read, you're presented with a series of "lucky numbers". What's especially annoying is how you need to re-enter all of your personal information before every question. Maybe little girls at a slumber party could have some fun with Taboo, but I doubt it.