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Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! is the first game made by ICOM, known for its adventure games such as Shadowgate and Uninvited. It featured mouse support, a multi-window interface, and bitmapped graphics at a time when text-based interactive fiction was the norm.

In Deja Vu, action takes place in Chicago in December 1941. Your character's name is Theodore "Ace" Harding - a retired boxer working as a private eye. He wakes up in a toilet stall of a sleazy pub with no memory of who he is or what he is doing there. To make matters worse, you as him soon stumble upon a very dead corpse upstairs with three bullets buried in him. Sure enough, you find there's a gun in your pocket with three bullets missing. From there you have to figure out what happened and who you are before whatever is happening to your brain turns you into a mindless vegetable. To make matters worse the cops would very much like to have a word with you about that stiff.


Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! NES Doctor's office.
Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! DOS Secret casino... I though these things were like illegal or something.
Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! NES Down, down...
Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! DOS On a fire escape.

Promo Images

There are no promo images for this game

Alternate Titles

  • "Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!" -- Commodore 64 in-game title
  • "Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True" -- Amiga / Apple IIgs / Atari ST / DOS / PC-98 in-game title
  • "Déjà Vu" -- NES title
  • "Deja Vu" -- Windows 3.x in-game title
  • "ディジャブ A Nightmare Comes True!!" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Early point/click adventure(the first?), adult themes Macintosh Andrew Fisher (707)
Film Noir, 8-bit style NES ETJB (480)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Amiga Jun 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jan, 1991 4.5 out of 5 90
1UP! NES Jun 15, 2002 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 819 out of 1000 82
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 81 out of 100 81 NES Oct 08, 2018 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games NES Feb 05, 2013 B- 67


Topic # Posts Last Post
Major Spoiler? 2 Pseudo_Intellectual (64350)
Nov 27, 2020
Merge with other versions? 6 Pseudo_Intellectual (64350)
May 27, 2014


1001 Video Games

Déjà Vu appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga release

On startup, the Amiga version says "Déjà Vu Nov 19,1986", but it is doubtful that the game was released before the end of the year.

Version differences

This game was ported to a variety of systems from its original Macintosh platform, including the Nintendo NES console system. The Mac version featured significantly crispier graphics in black and white and its operating environment set the tone for the game's multi-window interface, while the NES version was subjected to several major changes (the syringe was replaced with digestible capsules, and some of the text was altered as well to save space or edit content).
The Windows 3.x version features enhanced graphics as well a more organized windows system (such as the ability to automatically organize the inventory).

Related Web Sites

  • Ace Harding (Site promoting the new Gameboy versions of Deja Vu I & II. Hints may help and the art is great.)
  • Déjà Vu Review (NES Video review on the Retroware TV website.)
  • Howard & Nester do Deja Vu (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In Volume 23's two-page installment, Nester takes on the role of the film noir amnesiac investigator, contending with a photograph of a fat lady, sewer alligators and a car bomb outside of Joe's Bar -- elements all lifted right out of the game.)
  • Schnittbericht (A detailed list of cuts in the NES version (German).)
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