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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.


KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows The avatar of the Celestial battles Gasbags and Ballbusters.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Ka-boom
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Shooting rockets at some flying enemies.
KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Windows Beware the unipsychos -- extremely hard enemies who'll burn you alive.

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User Reviews

Better than I thought... Windows Atomic Punch! (194)
KISS Fans this is an FPS for you! Dreamcast gametrader (233)
Great idea, mediocre execution Windows Dr.Bedlam (56)

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Windows Aug 13, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Computer Games Magazine Windows Aug 02, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Over Online Windows Jul 26, 2000 76 out of 100 76
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 07, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 30, 2000 72 out of 100 72
Gry OnLine Windows Dec 18, 2000 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Windows Jul 28, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
GamePro (US) Windows Jul 29, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.

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