Night Trap Reviews (SEGA CD)

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

User Reviews

You are trapped in a cheesy '80s horror movie... Dr.Bedlam (56) 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 (99) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall User Score (18 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Jul 09, 2002)
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.
Mean Machines (Apr, 1993)
Definitely the most advanced and innovative Mega-CD game seen yet. It's not everybody's cup of tea but if you enjoy a challenge and have good reflexes it'll make a great party piece.
Player One (Mar, 1994)
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) (Dec, 1992)
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!
Video Games (Aug, 1993)
Hier gilt Ähnliches wie für Cobra Command: Ein interaktiver Spielfilm funktioniert nur dann, wenn Ihr die richtige Bewegung zur richtigen Zeit ausführt. Im Gegensatz zu den artverwandten Trickfilm-Titeln war hier aber ein waschechter B-Movie die Grundlage fürs Spiel. Leider fällt der Bildrahmen trotz Platz auf zwei CDs etwas mickrig aus. Durch Umschalten zwischen den acht Kameras habt Ihr echte Chancen, die richtige Entscheidung zur rechten Zeit zu treffen. So gibt‘s nicht nur einen einzigen Weg, die Aufgabe erfolgreich zu lösen. Night Trap bietet Euch ein wenig Futter für die Spannerseele, eine freakige Story, passable Spielbarkeit und ein interessantes Spielprinzip. Eignet sich allerdings nur für Lebensretter mit fortgeschrittenen Englischkenntnissen, also auch nicht für ganz kleine CO-Fans!
Power Unlimited (Sep, 1993)
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 (Jan, 1993)
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!
A spectacular use of video!
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 (Oct 29, 2006)
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.
HonestGamers (Oct 31, 2006)
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.
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 (May 21, 2005)
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.
Retro Gamer (Apr 05, 2015)
Though Night Trap is far from the best game ever made, it certainly shouldn’t be denied its place in history. FMV might have largely fallen by the wayside, but this game is one of the most interesting attempts at doing something original with it.