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Nocturne (Windows)

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Description

It is the end of the Prohibition, and the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States of America. The Stranger is a mysterious operative of a secret organization known as "Spookhouse", founded by President Theodore Roosevelt to combat supernatural creatures. He investigates four cases, which can be played in any order and involve teaming up with a half-vampire to retrieve a powerful artifact from a castle in Germany, liberating a Wild West town from a zombie assault, fighting reanimated mobsters created by the mafia boss Al Capone in Chicago, and solving the mystery of a house with deadly traps.

Nocturne is an action game with survival horror elements. The game features 3D characters and pre-rendered backgrounds with fixed camera angles. The Stranger mostly fights with firearms, and has to confront monsters and mythological creatures. The player can opt to aim manually, or choose the auto-aim option from the menu.

Screenshots

Nocturne Windows Scat Dazzle and his voodoo loa Baron Samedi lend a hand.
Nocturne Windows Hunting for vampires with the UV Gun.
Nocturne Windows Creepy castles. Get used to them.
Nocturne Windows Check out those shadows!

Alternate Titles

  • "厄夜驚悚" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)

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User Reviews

More of an action game than horror. MasterMegid (900) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Film Noir meets Horror Classics Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588) unrated
Disappointing entry into the horror genre Terrence Bosky (5237) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
This game sure is purdy... but that's about it. Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
Visually gorgeous survival horror adventure. Sycada (175) unrated
A beautiful mess. Scott Monster (919) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure Jul 24, 2002 A 100
incite PC Gaming Jan, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 25, 2002 96 out of 100 96
Game Over Online Oct 29, 1999 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1999 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania 1999 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1999 78 out of 100 78
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 17, 1999 75 out of 100 75
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 01, 1999 15 out of 20 75
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 1999 66 out of 100 66

Forums

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New Community page on facebook. 1 Jet Strange
Dec 14, 2011

Trivia

Cover

The picture on Nocturne's Box is an overexposed photograph. There was a time when people thought that overexposed photos were proof of ghosts and otherworldly spirits.

Dreamcast version

Nocturne was going to be ported to the Sega Dreamcast. The console's early death killed the port as well.

Legacy

The three Blair Witch Project games use Nocturne's engine. In fact this was announced by the developers well in advance. That's why we see the characters from the "Spookhouse" again in Blair Witch Project 1. In Terminal Reality's later game Bloodrayne, the character of Svetlana Lupescu was originally going to be the protagonist, before Rayne was introduced.

Music

Much of the music heard in Nocturne is also heard in the background of various episodes of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

References

Like any good game with horror element this one has its fair share of horror references. The mobster-monsters are akin to Frankenstein. The vampires are from Dracula. There are also many references to H.P. Lovecraft, Doc Holiday went to Miskatonic University. And the mission in which The Stranger faces an Elder God.

Title

Ever wondered what Nocturne means? It's "a pensive, lyrical piece of music (especially for the piano)". It has got nothing to do with noctural or nightly activities.

TV series

In 2002, a television series based on Nocturne was in development by Collision Entertainment. As of 2012, it seems the project was cancelled. Their website description of the project was:
When Teddy Roosevelt's 1898 hunting expedition in Cuba exposes him to a werewolf, he later founds "The Spookhouse", a secret research facility to covertly investigate the supernatural. Decades later, FDR orders Chicago secret service agent and unsung Untouchable Tabby Kildaire to find the Spookhouse and shut it down. Tabby reluctantly agrees, beginning a journey more dark and disturbing than any case he's ever investigated and to his horror, learns that monsters are real. Based on the video game by Terminal Reality and G.O.D.

Awards

Information also contributed by ClydeFrog, Mark Ennis, MasterMegid and Roger Wilco

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MAT (66286) added Nocturne (Windows) on Mar 07, 2000