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Nightmare Creatures

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
64
4.1
PlayStation
81
3.7
Windows
72
3.9
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Description

Adam Crowley, a once-respected scientist, now turned to black magic, has released a demonic contagion onto the streets of 1834 London. Based on the long-lost work of the Brotherhood of Hecate, it mutates its victim's bodies into grotesque nightmare creatures, and changes their minds into those of murderous brutes. When Dr. Jean F. began investigating, he was murdered. Now, as either his friend Ignatius Blackward, a priest and expert on the occult, or his daughter Nadia, a biologist and gymnast, fight against the creatures that roam the streets of London, the revived Brotherhood of Hectate, and the man behind it all, Adam Crowley.

Gameplay is 3rd-person action, with an emphasis on melee combat. Ignatius and Nadia have different fighting styles and special moves. To keep things moving, an adrenaline meter depletes, killing the hero if it ever runs out. Kill monsters to top it up again. Gather special items to use on enemies, or just kill them using basic weapons.

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Nightmare Creatures PlayStation another boss
Nightmare Creatures PlayStation westminster slaughter
Nightmare Creatures Nintendo 64 Waiting...
Nightmare Creatures Nintendo 64 Ignatius fighting an insect in Thames Tunnel.

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User Reviews

Disappointed PlayStation blancmange (58)
A Game of Intense gore, action and adventure. Nintendo 64 Chase Bowen (39)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Mega Score PlayStation Mar, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Windows Sep, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Revolution PlayStation Nov, 1997 B+ 83
Electric Playground Windows Jan 07, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Feb 26, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Nintendo 64 Nov 30, 1998 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 03, 1998 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot Windows Oct 31, 1997 5.7 out of 10 57
Just Games Retro Nintendo 64 Nov 02, 2014 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Adam Crowley

The evil boss mentioned in the game, Adam Crowley, wasn't an actual person, but there was really a man by the name of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). So, who was he? Aleister was dark magician, poet, author, drug addict, free mason and initiator of the free love movement of 1960's. He communicated with the devil and wrote a book called the "Book of Laws", then claimed himself a messiah and started his own religion called "Thelema".

German version

In the German version all in-game blood was coloured black and the blood on the menu and loading screens was removed.

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