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Five girls go to a party in a nice house on a lakeside. Five girls disappear without a trace... Now another five girls go there in order to spend their vacation with the Martins, the owners of the house, in particular with the lovely Ms. Martin. This time, you should not let them die a gruesome death! Because "nice people" can sometimes turn out to be... yes, that's right - vampires.

The whole house is full of traps that are intended to catch the poor innocent girls so that the vampires can suck their blood. Luckily, the brave adventurer is there in order to cease to be hunted and to become a hunter instead! Set the traps so that they capture the villains themselves, using precise timing and good organization.

Night Trap was the very first game that used FMV (full-motion video) technology with live actors. Although it doesn't contain nudity or particularly gory scenes, it was considered one of the first games to have mature content.


Night Trap SEGA CD The kid fights back with a lazer gun of some sort
Night Trap SEGA CD A conversation
Night Trap SEGA CD The briefing
Night Trap SEGA CD A bedroom conversation

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Alternate Titles

  • "Scene of the Crime" -- Working title
  • "Night Trap: The Director's Cut" -- PC title
  • "ナイト トラップ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

You are trapped in a cheesy '80s horror movie... Dr.Bedlam (56) unrated
Reviewed Congress to establish Video Game Ratings. Nick Seafort (22) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
I looove Night Trap ;D Juan Ramirez (91) unrated

Critic Reviews

Oldies Rising Mar 07, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Player One Mar, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Video Games Aug, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Power Unlimited Sep, 1993 6.9 out of 10 69
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1992 24 out of 40 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Just Games Retro Oct 29, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Oct 31, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Defunct Games May 21, 2005 9 out of 100 9


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Night Trap along with Mortal Kombat (both uncut games on SEGA systems) were two of the mainstream games that brought about a lot of controversy in North America during the mid 90's. Because of this and a push by people like Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the supreme court got involved. A law was passed in 1994 to make a game rating system for all video games in the market. The system became the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board).

Ironically, Night Trap's controversy, that led to its part in the creation of the ESRB, was due to misinformation. The news reported that the object of the game was to kill the girls. This is incorrect. The object is to protect the girls and assist the soldiers who enter later. If you lose a girl or soldier, you lose a life.

Despite the hearings, the case also showed the industry that controversy sells. The SEGA CD version was lifted from poor sales to more than 50,000 copies per week in the US. Despite that, SEGA stopped the distribution of the game by January 1994 because of what it did for its public image. During the hearings retail chains such as Toys R US and Kay-Bee Toys had already stopped stocking the title. Distribution of Mortal Kombat was never discontinued.

Dana Plato

Night Trap actually made a name (sort of) for actress Dana Plato (remember her from Diff'rent Strokes?). To this day, everyone still remembers her from this game.


This game, along with Sewer Shark, were originally made for Isix's ill-fated Control-Vision console (the console was to use VHS tapes for the games), but after Isix's console project (code-named NEMO) got the axe, this game and Sewer Shark (both made by Digital Pictures) were 'saved' by being ported over to the Sega CD.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #6 Worst Game of All Time
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Unicorn Lynx (181459) added Night Trap (SEGA CD) on Sep 27, 2002
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