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KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child

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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.

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Credits (Windows version)

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Opening Cinematic
  • Dark Orb Digital
Voice of Madame Raven
Uses Miles Sound System by
  • RAD Game Tools Inc.
Uses Smacker Video Technology by
  • RAD Game Tools Inc.
International Partnering
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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.

Information also contributed by Atomic Punch!

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Game added by jeff reitman.

Dreamcast added by Adam Baratz.

Additional contributors: Roger Wilco, Jeanne, Patrick Bregger.

Game added September 16th, 2000. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.