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Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)

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

User Reviews

The Original Horror-Fest. Guy Chapman (1745) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.7

The Press Says

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The Video Game Critic
Top-notch graphics and ominous background music complete this exciting package. An ideal Halloween game, Splatterhouse spawned two sequels on the Genesis.
Sur PC Engine, Splatterhouse a quand même l'indéniable avantage d'être plus agréable à jouer. Il n'atteint pas les proportions de l'arcade mais peu s'en faut. Namco a fait un joli travail de conversion et, comme tel, le jeu fait partie des classiques de la console usés jusqu'à moelle. Néanmoins, Splatterhouse reste Splatterhouse, un titre auquel il semble toujours manquer quelque chose. Certains débattent vainement pour savoir si les Splatterhouse seraient aussi intéressants sans leur violence gore. La question ne se pose même pas. Sans horreur, il n'y aurait pas de Splatterhouse. Ce ne sont pas les jeux d'action quelconques qui manquent alors autant l'apprécier pour ce qu'il a, pour ses tripes et ses monstruosités, sans s'apitoyer sur des finesses qu'il ne possède pas.
Video Game Den
But, all in all, this PC Engine port is an excellent conversion and is overall really faithful to the arcade. I feel that this version definitively helped drive Splatterhouse popularity outside of Japan (the coin-op was a very rare occurrence in the west).
If you don’t have access to the ultra rare arcade machine or an emulator, the TG16 version of the game is very close to the real thing and is really a marvel given the hardware it’s running on. It’s still an entertaining game despite the lack of commitment. After all, what better way to get your Halloween fix than following up your yearly viewing of The Great Pumpkin by turning the lights off, firing up the emulator of your choice, and taking in the sights and sounds of Splatterhouse.
Tenuto conto del divertimento che ancora, nonostante la veneranda età riesce a dare, non può che essere positivo il mio giudizio per questo autentica meraviglia videoludica.
If all 12 of you people who purchased TG16's still have them and don't already own a copy of Splatterhouse... shame on you. If you were smart enough not to buy a system doomed from the start (see; Atari Jaguar) and prefer to emulate the classics, Splatterhouse should be on the top of your list.
Lens of Truth
Like any arcade beat-em-up, gameplay in Splatterhouse is a fairly linear throughout. Walk, fight bad guys, beat a boss, advance to the next stage, repeat 6 times. Thankfully the horror theme surrounding Splatterhouse is enough to keep it feeling fresh. As we’ve said in our review, this version on the US Turbo Grafx 16 was heavily censored when compared to its arcade (or even PCE) brother, but it should still contain enough of the arcade experience to satisfy the horror beat-em-up enthusiast in you. More importantly, the Turbo Grafx 16 is the only console to have been given a port of Splatterhouse. If you own a Turbo Grafx 16, Splatterhouse is one game you should definitely have in your library, not to mention one of the most important titles in the underrated systems brief history.
Power Play
Zermatschte Köpfe, blutgierige Zombies und eine Hintergrundgrafik, die einem Horrorfilm entsprungen scheint, sorgen für ein wohliges Schauergefühl. Die Grafik ist detailliert (manchmal schon zu genau), die Sprites schön groß und er Sound ordentlich. Was die Metzelei aus dem Gros der "Hack'n Slay"-Programme hervorhebt ist eine fantastische Spielbarkeit. Die Steuerung ist wunderbar genau, die Kollisionsabfrage großzügig und der Schwierigkeitsgrad läßt auch ungeübten Spielern eine große Chance.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Ok, so the gameplay mechanics are archaic by today's standards, but "Splatterhouse" is still a good time. It's nowhere near as offensive as it once was and the Genesis only sequels (especially three) outshine it in every area. But for whatever reason, no matter how much you tell yourself it's not that great of a game, this is one you constantly go back too. That's not just nostalgia talking.
Splatterhouse fait partie de ces jeux dont l’ambiance unique reste gravée dans les mémoires. Le titre propose une expérience valant le coup d’être vécue même s'il est regrettable de devoir l’apprécier dans une version moins belle et censurée. Préférez l'édition japonaise, voire la borne d'arcade si vous avez le choix.