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Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (NES)

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Wanpaku Graffiti is the first Splatterhouse game to appear on a home console. It is not clear how it fits in the series' timeline, but it starts with Jennifer mourning over Rick's grave (her boyfriend). Lightning strikes his grave and he is resurrected. Before she can rejoice, another bolt strikes the grave next to him and a jack-o-lantern appears. This pumpkin king kidnaps Jennifer and Rick barely has the time to wipe off the dust from his clothes before he sets off to rescue his girlfriend.

Although the game is not as gory as the other titles, there is still plenty of disturbing enemies such as headless chickens, severed hands and zombies. Through seven side-scrolling levels, including a graveyard, a mansion, a Japanese pagoda and an Egyptian pyramid, you chase the pumpkin king with your cleaver and a shotgun you can pick up along the road. Just like the other games in the series, there are lots of movie references. The game often needs good timing and pixel perfect jumps, as falling down from platforms will regenerate the enemies. You can pick up candy, hamburgers and cans of soda to restore your health.

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Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES Attacked by chainsaws in the torture room
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES There's much more to the story than originally assumed.
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES Meeting the priestess in Egypt.
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES Finally, a shotgun!

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Video Game Den Mar 20, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Defunct Games Aug 07, 2010 85 out of 100 85
Pixel-Heroes.de Oct, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History May 30, 2008 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Extras

The game came with a set of eight cartoon stickers depicting Rick, Jennifer, the Pumpkin King, some servants and the game title.

References

  • When you meet the first boss, he will first do a little dance with his green servants before attacking. It looks just like Michael Jackson in his videoclip Thriller (see screenshots).
  • Rick resembles Jason Vorhees, the masked killer from the Friday The 13th movie franchise.
  • In one of the levels, a girl's chest will burst open and lots of facehuggers come out, just like in the movie Alien.

Title translation

Wanpaku is the Japanese word for "naughty". The full English title would be Splatterhouse: Naughty Graffiti then, but the game has not been released in North America.

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Sciere (245361) added Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (NES) on Jun 20, 2004