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Description

As a child, you were never taught of your family's dark secret - a whole history of 'evil twins' doing Satan's work on Earth, and 'good twins' attempting to put this right. Your uncle informs you of this shortly before his death, and after travelling to his castle you find that you must travel through time to correct these wrongdoings. Through a range of murals at your uncle's house, various past scenes must be entered, with more becoming available as you complete them. In each you must find and kill your demented relative in time.

WaxWorks is a hybrid game that combines elements of role-playing and adventure. The player explores maze-like locations, manipulating objects and solving puzzles. Enemies appear from time to time and must be defeated using the various weapons found in the game. The player receives experience points and fathers equipment in a RPG fashion in each WaxWork; however, completing one negates these effects, and the protagonist becomes more defenseless in the next location. The game's controls are point and click, with the interface allowing the player to examine and collect items, select a weapon, and attack potential foes by striking at a particular part of their body.

Screenshots

WaxWorks DOS Navigating London's streets in the Ripper's time.
WaxWorks DOS title screen
WaxWorks DOS horrorsoft title screen
WaxWorks DOS back in jack the ripper's time

Promo Images

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Trailer


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User Reviews

If you loved Accolades "Elvira" series, you'll love this. Tiamat (18) unrated

Critic Reviews

Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Games Retro Oct 26, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Pelit Jan, 1993 68 out of 100 68
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1992 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1992 62 out of 100 62
Play Time Feb, 1993 59 out of 100 59
Power Play Dec, 1992 57 out of 100 57
Joystick (French) Nov, 1992 50 out of 100 50
All Game Guide 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Inspiration

The game was heavily inspired by the 1988 movie Waxwork, set in a wax museum where visitors get sucked into horror-themed exhibits. Michael Woodroffe stated this in a 1992 pre-release interview (Zero, February 1992, page 55):
Waxworks, which we're doing with Accolade, is based on the film of the same name. Well, not 'based' so much, inspired really. It's inspired by the film.
Further reinforcing the movie connection, in the same interview Woodroffe stated that the game was going to include a swordfight with Marquis de Sade (something that didn't make it into the finished game). Such a scene appears in the 1988 film.

Remake

An official remake called Waxworks: Curse of the ancestors is available on steam since January, 8th 2020.

Related Web Sites

  • ScummVM (supports Waxworks under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
Will D (941) added WaxWorks (DOS) on Apr 03, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Picard (46008), POMAH (66758) and Sciere (813698)