Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

antstream

User Reviews

Film Noir, 8-bit style ETJB (473) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
Questicle.net (Sep, 2011)
Deja Vu is the standard for a classic noir adventure. Some might call it Deja Voodoo, but I just call it timeless.
100
NES Archives (Oct 09, 2008)
Déjà Vu is one of the best RPG style games on the NES. It is similar to Shadowgate and The Uninvited but since it is rooted in the real world it is a lot easier to solve. If you like humor, violence and RPGs then you need to go out and pick this game up immediately.
90
Fans of Shadowgate will catch on quickly to the step by step action, but the challenge is to piece together a puzzle, not battle monsters. You're racing against time, the cops, and hidden dangers.
89
Shadowgate... Déjà-Vu... Shadowgate... Déjà-Vu... Les deux sont intrinsèquement liés. Suite intemporelle ou demi-frère, Déjà-Vu a suffisamment en commun mais assez de différences pour faire succomber ceux qui s'étaient grillés les neurones sur son aîné. Certes son apparence est toujours aussi sommaire mais quelque part, cela fait partie du charme désuet des 8 bits. Ce qui le rend plus séduisant que ne le serait un Shadowgate 2, c'est d'avoir troqué l'univers médiéval ultra-rabâché pour une enquête urbaine en 1942. On se trouve dans des situations que l'on n'est pas habitué à résoudre; où la kidnappée n'a rien d'une princesse, où l'ennemi numéro 1 sont les incertitudes du héros et où la victoire se gagne en repassant du bon côté de la ligne séparant crime et justice. C'est tellement rare que c'en est délicieux.
85
1UP! (Jun 15, 2002)
Shadowgate... Déjà Vu... Shadowgate... Déjà Vu... Les deux sont intrinsèquement liés. Suite intemporelle ou demi-frère, Déjà Vu a suffisamment en commun mais assez de différences pour faire succomber ceux qui s'étaient grillés les neurones sur son aîné. Certes son apparence est toujours aussi sommaire mais quelque part, cela fait partie du charme désuet des 8 bits.
80
GamePro (US) (Feb, 1991)
So begins the 1940's murder-mystery Deja Vu, the latest adventure/puzzler hit from Kemco-Seika (creators of the 1989 hit, Shadowgate).
80
Classic-games.net (Oct 08, 2018)
I enjoyed Déjà Vu from beginning to end and in my opinion it is the best adventure game for the NES. Cumbersome interface aside its evolving plot will hook you until you clear Ace’s name in the end. This is a great game that I highly recommend for those looking for something different.
80
Since Nintendo games are so cheap these days, I'd say to pick up Deja Vu, even if it'll only occupy a few days before you put it back on your shelf. It involves you unlike many other adventure games, and you'll have one fun time solving the mystery presented.
80
Just Games Retro (Jun 29, 2003)
Another PC adventure port from your friends at ICOM, the same group behind Uninvited, Deja Vu casts you as - ready for this? - an enigmatic hero who has lost his memory! What originality! I say it in jest though, because the game actually isn't half bad. I intentionally won't give away much of anything about the plot in this review, as the entire point of the game is to piece it together yourself, bit by bit. Just know that you can expect a treacherous romp through Chicago, with danger, double-crosses, murder, blackmail, hookers and the long arm of the Law around every corner. Not too bad for the same "family" console where a pudgy plumber whacks mushrooms with his ass.
76
RPGFan (Jul 17, 2000)
Deja Vu did well when it came to the topics of Gameplay and Storyline, which makes up most of the game. However, Graphics and Sound/Music were not worked on because they were really unnecessary, but these are what hold the game together. DjV was never meant for this system and didn't endure the trip to cartridge form very well, but it wasn't a failure.
75
Quebec Gamers (Mar 29, 2007)
Déjà Vu est un Point-&-Click à saveur de romans policiers avec une histoire solide et plusieurs moments intenses qui en font un jeu recommandable si vous savez apprécier ce genre.
70
The NES’s graphical prowess is effectively used in the point-and-click interface to give the feeling of what is effectively a graphical pulp novel. In the end, this has enough atmosphere, clever puzzles, and engrossing plot to make it a great play for any fan of the adventure genre.
67
Defunct Games (Feb 05, 2013)
Interface issues aside, I had a good time with Deja Vu. The concept isn't as fresh as Shadowgate and the story never quite reaches the heights it aspires to, but that shouldn't keep you from having a good time with this graphic adventure. Gamers not enamored by Shadowgate's slow pace may have the unsettling feeling that they've done been here before. I know there's a term for that, what was it again?
60
Digital Press (Nov, 1999)
Déjà vu is not the best detective RPG I've ever played (that honor goes to Access' Mean Streets), and will no doubt completely turn off and bore many gamers well before they get a chance to experience all it has to offer. If you can pick it up for a bargain, I'd recommend doing so. That is, of course, if you don't mind a slow-paced thinker's contest.
60
Lens of Truth (Mar 01, 2010)
If action is your cup of tea, you will hate this game. But, if you’re the type of gamer who enjoys a decent detective story, searching for clues, reading, puzzles, and all at an overall slower pace, then you’ll definitely enjoy Deja Vu. As of today, the only home console release this is the NES. The cartridge is fairly cheap and easy to find, making Deja Vu a worthy playthrough in this retro fan’s little black book.
60
Déjà vu is not the best detective RPG I’ve ever played (that honor goes to Access’ Mean Streets), and will no doubt completely turn off and bore many gamers well before they get a chance to experience all it has to offer. If you can pick it up for a bargain, I’d recommend doing so. That is, of course, if you don’t mind a slow-paced thinker’s contest.
29
GameCola.net (Dec, 2002)
In conclusion, Déjà Vu is a creative game with a quite decent story, ambitious functions, and limitless potential. It is a very great shame that it was illustrated, composed, and presented so very, very poorly. For the most part, the game is slow, redundant, and extremely boring. Who could expect any less from a no-name company? A no-name company...and...a terrible game? Déjà vu...


antstream