KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child (Windows)

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Wicked Jester, a band of four, are headed for a Friday night gig at The Coventry, a rundown dive outside of town. They arrive only to find the parking lot deserted, the club seemingly dead. The band's members: Pablo Ramirez, Andy Chang, Gabriel Gordo and Patrick Scott, stepping from their van, are startled by a voice from the shadows. She offers them four tickets to a circus -- tonight's the grand finale! Having nothing better to do, the four accept and the nightmare begins.

Based on characters from comic book author Todd McFarlane, KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child brings the horror and carnage of the Psycho Circus to the PC in a shooter format. There are two-dozen creatures to battle with and three classes of weapons to use, each with four specific types: melee (beast claws, thornblade, twister and punisher), common (zero cannon, magma cannon, windblade and scourge) and ultimate (stargaze, galaxion, spirit lance and draco). In addition to the weaponry, temporary power-ups and instant items such as health, attack and defense powers are available.


KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows The Demona avatar takes on an Arachniclown
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows The Beast King avatar receives a power-up.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Shooting rockets at some flying enemies.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows These guys are called ballbusters. Guess why.

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Better than I thought... Atomic Punch! (151) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Great idea, mediocre execution Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated

Critic Reviews (UK) Jul 22, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Computer Games Magazine Aug 02, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Sep, 2000 79 out of 100 79
FiringSquad Aug 04, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
games xtreme Sep 08, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2000 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 19, 2000 66 out of 100 66
Game Revolution Aug 01, 2000 C 50


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The US game box of KISS Psycho Circus came with a bonus Heavy Metal 2000 - Hyper CD that contained promotion/advertisement for the PC game Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2. It linked directly to the official website to deliver high quality video and CD-quality audio via the Web without any of the quality loss of streaming or the lengthy download time associated with the Web at large.


Iin the U.S., the game was released in five different boxes. There was one box each with a drawing of each particular band member on the cover and then a Collector's Edition which had all four members on the cover.

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jeff reitman (55) added KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child (Windows) on Sep 15, 2000
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