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The game’s graphics aren’t bad, despite the generic and never-ending supply of look-alike enemies that you take on throughout, and some of the circus backgrounds and environmental features are actually kind of creepy, plus the music score isn’t bad either. However, none of that can save this wretch of a game thanks to the just plain broken gameplay and programming. With that in mind, we should all take the time to thank Sega for wisely not releasing Nightmare Circus here in the states. I know that it’s a very rare title to track down but please, for your own good, no matter how hardcore a collector you may be, do not soil your Genesis/Mega Drive with this game, it just isn’t worth it. Save yourself, and you can thank me later.
Raven should stick to the DIY at home. He’s probably a monster when it comes to getting those tricky to grout tiles just right, but someone who may very well drop to his hands and knees and try to nuzzle hellspawns to death by brushing his head tenderly against them has no business fighting the occult. Especially ones as devious as these. They forget Raven and they attack YOU directly. You’ll never wipe out their ranks or bring down their circus because they eliminate the most important thing you’re looking for. Nightmare Circus lacks purpose, focus and any conceivable way to move forward. You’ve lost before you’ve even turned the console on.