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Night Trap (SEGA CD)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

You are trapped in a cheesy '80s horror movie... Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated
Reviewed Congress to establish Video Game Ratings. Nick Seafort (22) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
I looove Night Trap ;D Juan Ramirez (95) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.4

The Press Says

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The 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.
Player 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.
GamePro (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!
Power 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.
GameFan 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!
Digital 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.
Just 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.
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.
All 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.
Defunct 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.