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The Thing (Windows)

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Description

Set after the events of the 1982 John Carpenter movie, The Thing is a squad based 3rd person shooter, where each member of your team is equipped with a range of weapons and items to help you in your quest to destroy The Thing.

You must use every player in the squad if you wish to proceed through each level, and once you find one of the thousands of alien creatures through-out the complex, weapons such as flame throwers, pistols and more come into play.

20 levels are on offer, with humans scattered around the area. But are they friend or an infected foe? Trust is the key to success.

Screenshots

The Thing Windows Daylight: Blake battles his way through snow canyons filled with an army of Whitely's Gen Inc. Troopers
The Thing Windows Things break out and run amok in Gen Inc's medical research labs. Notice the Thing specimens floating around in the test tubes.
The Thing Windows You'll have to play amateur Dr. Phil and help your men keep their cool, or else they'll realize the only way to ensure not becoming one with The Thing is to paint the walls with their own brains, like this unfortunate fellow here
The Thing Windows Blake helplessly watches himself blow his own brains out. How existential can you get? Top to it all off, his head is floating in the head.

Alternate Titles

  • "突变怪物" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Нечто" -- Russian spelling
  • "Yuusei kara no Buttai X: Episode II" -- Japanese title
  • "The Thing: O Enigma de Outro Mundo" -- Brazilian title
  • "Nechto" -- Russian title
  • "La Cosa" -- Spanish title
  • "Das Ding aus einer anderen Welt" -- German title

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User Reviews

Great concept with only marginal realization. Sycada (175) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Excellent movie adaption, great atmosphere: I am infected, trust me ! Emmanuel Henne (26) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Man is Still the Warmest Place to Hide Terrence Bosky (5235) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Oct, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Nerikes Allehanda Oct 05, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Oct 05, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Aug 28, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2002 76 out of 100 76
PC Zone Benelux Nov, 2002 76 out of 100 76
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Sep 01, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Click! Dec, 2002 4.5 out of 6 75
Just Games Retro Oct 25, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 24, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Audio files

If you use WinRAR, you can extract a hidden audio file from The Thing's data folder. The file: "creditsspeech.ogg", is an easter egg featuring Presidents Bush II, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, game characters, and others congratulating Blake on a job well done.

Cameo

John Carpenter himself makes a cameo appearance as Dr. Faraday, the head of Gen Inc you meet halfway through the game. Apparently Carpenter went down to the programmer's studios and had his face scanned into the game. This explains why Carpenter says the game has "an incredibly cool and handsome character in Dr. Faraday" in his praise of the game on the inside cover of the box.

German version

There are various changes in the German version:
  • Almost all blood effects removed
  • The mutation animation was shortened
  • Headless corpses used as level decoration were replaced with regular corpses and cut off limbs removed altogether
  • Team members don't perform suicide
  • Death animations of humans were removed
  • Removed death cries
  • In two cutscenes violent scenes were removed
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Inspiration

The Thing is based on the 1982 cult movie The Thing by John Carpenter. That movie is actually a remake of 1951's The Thing From Another World by Howard Hawks and that movie in turn is based on the 1943 short story Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell.

Transformation

When your NPC teammates turn into the Thing, they generally turn into the same monster... one with a head that looks a little like a skinless lizard. However, there is one character called Fisk who, if infected, transforms into a slightly different looking Thing with a distorted, stretched-out human face.

Since Fisk is a Gen Inc trooper, and since the troopers were originally supposed to be infected humans who would burst out to attack you, it's possible this is a leftover from the original game design, especially since the Fisk-Thing seems kind of buggy as it's head tends to disappear when you look at it from different angles.

References

  • Near the beginning of the game, you'll find the sign seen at the first part of the movie noting where you are.
  • A few moments later you will get into some pit, where you will find the remains of MacReady's shack. Inside the shack, you will find the recorder with MacReady's message. It is not the original recording done in the movie. Rather, it was done by a soundalike, and was timed differently.
  • In the room where you encounter the character named Carter, you will find the infamous Norwegian who cut his own throat to avoid being taken over.
  • The first set of CCTV camera controls you get to mess with will switch you to a view of the room behind a door needing an access code. Fans of the movie will instantly recognize this room: Look around and you'll find the ice block the Thing was originally thawed from!

Trailer

If you let the game's menu screen sit for a minute or two, the game's trailer starts. The trailer is also available if you explore the installed FMV folder.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan, CaptainCanuck, Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze and Terrence Bosky.

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Kartanym (10780) added The Thing (Windows) on Aug 25, 2002
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