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KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows The Celestial avatar stares into a portal mirror.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Aerial assault: flying clowns and their exploding pins.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows The Beast King avatar receives a power-up.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Beware the unipsychos -- extremely hard enemies who'll burn you alive.

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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Power Unlimited Sep, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Svenska PC Gamer Sep, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Shooterplanet May 25, 2006 80 out of 100 80
FiringSquad Aug 04, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Gamesmania 2000 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Jul 28, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
GamePro (US) Jul 29, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult Aug 14, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Entertainmentopia Nov 18, 2001 D 25

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Trivia

Extras

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.

Packaging

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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