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SEGA 32XThe Video Game Critic
It's fun to flip through the different cameras, particularly since things are happening in more than one room at a time. It's an ingenious idea, and I'm surprised it's never been duplicated. Although normal Sega CD games suffer from grainy video, the video in this 32X version looks pretty good. As you would expect, the acting is really bad, but that just adds to the fun. This game really does a good job of utilizing CD technology, and it's very entertaining.
SEGA CDThe Video Game Critic
Although the game plays basically the same each time, it's always a challenge to see how many thugs you can bag, so there is some replay value. A clock runs throughout the game, and I'd recommend noting the times for significant events like trap code changes so you don't miss them. Just don't go writing down the times for the traps - that's cheating! Night Trap is oddly compelling, and when you take into account its historical significance, it's a must-have for Sega CD collectors.
DOSComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The mysterious Martin family are under investigation by S.C.A.T. - the Special Control Attack Team, and their top investigator (You) is in charge of protecting a group of young girls from whatever's causing lots of others to disappear.
Night Trap est le premier véritable film interactif sur console et c'est la 3DO qui en profite. Il fallait tout la puissance de cette machine pour rendre honneur à Night Trap.
3DOThe Video Game Critic
The storyline and acting are cheesy, but that's all part of the fun. Beating the game requires trial and error as well as memorization, but I like how events happen in different rooms concurrently, and each time you play you can see something new. To me, this game really puts the capabilities of a CD to good use. Compared to the 32X version, the video looks much cleaner. The video screen is larger and the image is less grainy, but the frame rate looks a bit choppier for some reason. Actually, I found that the cleaner image actually took away somewhat from the mysterious quality of the game. Switching between cameras is faster in this version, but the 3DO controllers tend to be way too sensitive. Night Trap for the 3DO is still a fun game, but this version is hardly an improvement.
SEGA CDPlayer One
Un "jeu/film" novateur aussi fascinant que déroutant. On aime ou on déteste mais une chose est sûre: c'est l'un des titres forts du Mega CD.
Other than the obvious graphical improvements the 32X offers and the use of the speedier InstaSwitch controller response, this is essentially still the same classic Night Trap Digital Pictures released a few years back. The new M rating might as well stand for Misinterpreted; those Senatorial dodos need a sense of humor. After all, the game's got one.
SEGA CDGamePro (US)
Even non-Sega CD gamers should check out Night Trap to see the Sega CD's potential. The game is fascinating to watch, very entertaining, moderately challenging, and easy to play. More importantly, unattached, beautiful females between the ages of 16 and 19 need you!
3DOElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
3DO outdoes the Sega CD version by a wide margin with it's own version of Night Trap. The sounds remain the same. But at first sight, it's obvious to see that the graphics are much cleaner because of the high color palette. The gameplay has also improved and 3DO owners who have never played this will find the interface simple to use. Like most of the live-action games, I found the acting poor. A good 3DO addition.
SEGA 32XVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
I enjoyed Night Trap much more than I thought I would. The improved video quality of the 32X is definitely made a difference in my opinion, so I'd say that a new version of Night Trap was actually warranted. It's not a typical video game, but I actually enjoyed playing it. Night Trap is halfway decent because the corny script, bad acting and cheesy sets work in it's favor.
SEGA CDPower Unlimited
Een van de grootste denkfouten van spellenmakers was het idee dat mensen graag interactieve films wilden spelen. In tegendeel: ze willen vette spellen! Night Trap is daar een goed voorbeeld van. Het is trashy B-film nonsens.
SEGA CDGameFan Magazine
With the new CD format comes full motion video games. Night Trap is the first, more will come. I think a lot of people will enjoy these games, but personally, I either watch TV or play a game, the combination of the two bores me. I think Mom & Dad might like this game, but I'll pass. Nice full motion though!
SEGA CDJust Games Retro
It's a fun film, and it's a bad game. If the interface and camera switching hold your interest enough to keep you shuffling around to follow the plot, you'll enjoy the show. Otherwise, too bad, cause that's all the game is.
As an FMV game, Night Trap certainly is an interesting story. And the experience, tedious and difficult as it may be, will have you coming back again and again to take another stab at completing the film. If you're looking for top-notch camera work, you're going to be intensely disappointed. Continuity errors and improper physics disgrace the game throughout its entirety. But if FMV games are interesting to you, you could do much worse than this one. The problem is that if you beat it, there's not much reason to ever play it again.
SEGA CDDigital Press - Classic Video Games
The game is a breakthrough into the next level of videogaming, but I see room for improvement. Simultaneous action is occurring in several rooms at any given time, but all of the video is grainy or slightly blurred. There are also various endings to the game and many different death scenes for the augs. During the first few games, listen to the characters to reveal the Martin's intentions. In order to complete your mission, you must know where to be and when. The audio is about as good as it can be, with clear voices and even a full soundtrack. The game's downfall is the game itself. Just flip camera views around and click open traps. That's all there is to it. If you wan to see the capabilities of the new Sega CD-ROM, check out Night Trap - consider, however, that your mission can be completed in just a half hour. I'm sure more impressive full-motion games are just around the corner.
SEGA 32XGamePro (US)
If you already own the Sega CD original, there's no reason to play this version. Night Trap for the 32X seems more like a marketing ply than a game designed to show off a superior new system. Don't fall into this trap.
Thanks to all the media hype, Night Trap has earned a place in video-game history as the first banned CD game. However, if you really want to see the scary undead, rent Dracula the movie. If you want graphic video game blood and guts...well, there's always Mortal Kombat.
In conclusion, Night Trap is totally worth it as long as you have an appropriately warped sense of humor – and you can get it cheap. If you want a great game that features virtually nonexistent gameplay, go play Snatcher. But if you’re in the mood for a hysterical, hopefully intentional parody of B-movies that caused a completely different kind of hysteria in Washington, this classic example of the FMV craze RULES.
SEGA CDAll Game Guide
Even if you're a die hard full motion video fanatic, you will most likely find no redeeming gameplay in Night Trap. If you want to solve a mystery you'd be better off playing Clue.
SEGA 32XDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Night Trap is an awful game. It received far more attention then it deserved. This 32X CD version doesn't offer anything new or different "gameplay" wise. The game relies purely on luck or repeated plays, and neither of those is very fun. The video is cleaner, but the there's still no explanation for why exactly this special-ops team lets the girls into the house knowing raving mad vampires are headed inside. It's a bad movie, it's a bad game, and it doesn't belong on any system, especially one that requires three combined to play it.
SEGA CDDefunct Games
There is so much more to this story, as I'm sure you can imagine. The politics alone can be argued for pages, but that's not what this review is about. This is not an indictment on the lawmakers, this is supposed to be a review. Sadly Night Trap isn't worth talking about, the controversy surrounding it is simply more interesting, the game is just annoying and difficult, a combination that will have you avoiding the game soon after you've played through it. You may find some fun in Night Trap, but it's not going to come from the "game" aspect of things.