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Neighbors from Hell Reviews (Windows)

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"Revenge Is Very Good" MasterMegid (902) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Fun for two hours then it turns boring. Cabeza2000 (818) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
An Amazing surprise. Great graphics, sound and gameplay. whahoo (26) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
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Overall User Score (34 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Highly refreshing and highly entertaining. It's the game you can enjoy between other serious games without ruining your appetite.
90 (Jun 26, 2003)
Oddly enough there are 3 seasons to the game, each having their own set of levels that you can play. While there are quite a few levels in the game, it does seem very short. You can easily beat this game within a few hours. While this may be short, it is great fun and I advise everyone to give this great game a try.
Worth Playing (Aug 28, 2003)
But overall, Neighbors from Hell is a lot of fun. I see it appealing more to casual gamers, or for those gamers looking for something different. I do stand by my belief that both the games presentation and control scheme are revolutionary, and deserve special recognition. But at the same time, the game is too much of a niche product to award as a whole. In a lot of ways, Neighbors from Hell is just like the reality TV craze it spoofs off. People will come, and people will like it. My only question is, for how long?
81 (Jul 31, 2003)
Wer einmal den verschwitzten Nachbarn von nebenan mittels eines ausgeklügelten Streiches auf die virtuellen Bretter seines Heims geschickt hat, wird nicht mehr so leicht loskommen von dem witzigen Spielchen. Das pfiffige und leicht zu erlernende Gameplay im Stile einer Comedy-Fernsehserie, bei dem es auf eine möglichst hohe Einschaltquote ankommt, verführt einfach zum Weitermachen. Die Comic-Grafik ist zwar sicher nicht jedermanns Geschmack, passt aber perfekt zu dem kurzweiligen Spiel. Leider ist Böse Nachbarn auch ein recht kurzes Vergnügen, denn wer sich ranhält, hat es in einer paar Stunden durchgezockt. Das Spiel ist dennoch empfehlenswert, denn ein paar Nachbarn hat wohl jeder und über den Preis von etwa 15 Euro kann man nicht meckern!
Cincinnati Enquirer (Sep 02, 2003)
While this clever European import proves there are still fresh and innovative concepts for PC gamers, the fun is over too quickly. A skilled player will be able to complete all 14 episodes in about two or three hours. But the relatively cheap price tag of $30 makes this shortcoming more tolerable.
77 (Aug 19, 2003)
The good part is I couldn't find any bugs but the bad part is that you don't get replayability and multiplayer. Amusing, with no violent scenes, Neighbours From Hell is a game developed especially for kids. For the rest of the gamers it's just a break between two frags.
PC Zone Benelux (Aug, 2003)
Het is natuurlijk nooit leuk als een game snel gaat vervelen, maar soms moet je daar even overheen kijken. Neighbours from Hell is namelijk gewoon hartstikke leuk, melig, en ziet er ook nog eens verdomd goed uit. De titel doet denken aan games uit de tijden van de Commodore 64, toen gaming nog geen big business was, en toen nog tijd werd genomen voor leuke en originele concepten. Wat dat betreft is ontwikkelaar JoWood op de goede weg en hopelijk kunnen we nog veel meer van dit soort games verwachten. Kort maar krachtig, en dat is af en toe ook wel eens fijn. Want we hebben het allemaal toch veel te druk gekregen om nachten door te trekken achter de monitor...
Just Adventure (Sep 11, 2003)
Neighbors From Hell is a nice, addictive little game. It is not for everyone but surely it was worth every second of my time. It supplied lots of laughs and was an enjoyable experience. Its only shortcoming is a lack of variety in the rooms that could have allowed for more tricks and less repetition.
Game Captain (Aug 14, 2003)
Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude heisst es. Hier kann man sie ohne jede Scham ausleben. Wer einer spaßigen Knobelei zwischendurch nicht abgeneigt ist, sollte sich das Spiel ansehen!
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 28, 2003)
Neighbours from Hell is een erg leuk en origineel tussendoortje dat door het lage prijskaartje de aanschaf waard is.
If you are up for a different kind of fun, Neighbors from Hell might be just what the doctor ordered. Inducing you to figure out unorthodox kinds of enigmas, this title keeps you laughing and entertained while simultaneously making you think. Despite its brevity and sadistic humor, you receive an odd sense of satisfaction when your pranks work. Although hardcore gamers might find this title a bit beneath their level of sophistication, most who enjoy electronic recreation will find this release quite fulfilling. Want to vent your frustrations deriving from a hard day at work or from being surrounded constantly by obnoxious people? You may not be able to do better than the safe virtual catharsis provided here.
The one thing lacking in this game is the actual lack of a game. It's a bit repetitive, and it should be about four times longer— an experienced prankster can finish it in a single afternoon. Other than that, this one is a keeper. My neighbor said it is “tres bon.” I'm pretty sure I'm legally allowed to punch him for that.
Games TM (May, 2003)
Ever played Secret Of Monkey Island, Day Of The Tentacle or Sam And Max Hit The Road? Then you'll love Neighbours From Hell. Really, you will. Okay, so it's not exactly a sprawling adventure game in the same vein as the LucasArts classics, but it's the closest you're going to get until George's firm bother to release the sequels it's been promising for so long.
GameZone (Aug 13, 2003)
All in all the game is quite fun, but in my opinion will appeal to a younger audience or the casual gamer that does not want to read a hefty manual before getting started. The in-game tutorial is nicely executed eliminating the need for any manual what so ever. Because the lack of re-playability I feel the $30 MSRP is bit high.
IGN (Oct 01, 2003)
Overall, Neighbors from Hell is an amusing puzzle game with some interesting twists. It's not very long and it's not very difficult, but it is charming and addictively entertaining, and definitely worth a look in the bargain bin if you're into puzzle games.
PC Gamer (Nov, 2003)
Brevity is the main drawback here: you can beat the whole game in just a few hours. But it’s funny while it lasts.
GameSpot (Sep 23, 2003)
Overall, Neighbors From Hell is a fun little game that could potentially appeal to both core gamers and a mainstream audience. Watching the hapless neighbor fall for one gag after another appeals to the sadist in all of us, and you'll often feel a little twinge of anticipation as he approaches each trap you've set up. For some, the jokes may wear thin quickly, but you'll still get some thrill out of setting up several pratfalls in the same room and diving under the bed to hide at the very last moment. Despite the disappointment of a rather short campaign, Neighbors From Hell is still worth a look for any strategy or puzzle game fan looking for something out of the norm.
PC Action (Mar 24, 2003)
Wollten Sie immer schon mal das Fernglas eines Spanners mit Sekundenkleber präparieren? Oder seinen Sessel mit Furzkissen versehen, die Mikrowelle einsauen, Abführmittel ins Bier kippen und das Klopapier klauen, um ihn zu quälen? JoWoods Böse Nachbarn macht dies möglich. Aus einer 2D-Seitenansicht blicken Sie auf das Haus des fetten Nachbarn. Quasi so, als hätte es keine Seitenwände. Nun durchsuchen Sie per Mauszeiger das gesamte Interieur nach nützlichen Utensilien.
65 (Jun 18, 2003)
Un jeu que l'on n'attendait pas forcément mais qui se révèle très fun à découvrir. Dommage que les situations ne soient pas assez variées au fil des niveaux.
Game Chronicles (Nov 24, 2003)
Neighbors From Hell is not exactly a jaw-dropper, although it does succeed in being just quirky and original enough to keep one entertained. How long that entertainment lasts is the primary problem with the game, as the combination of puzzle-solving and strategy works well, but there simply are not enough episodes and environmental variations to keep the player engaged for more than 5 hours at the maximum. The game is not bad by any means; it’s just rather simplistic and functions mainly as a casual diversion. In this sense, casual gamers may find Neighbors From Hell to be the quick fix they have been craving, although those who desire more substance from their games will be let down hard.
GameSpy (Oct 23, 2003)
Aside from the light difficultly level, the only serious flaw with Neighbors From Hell is that it's just too short. You'll probably finish all seventeen episodes in five or six hours, and even the most casual gamer is unlikely to take more than ten. Difficult missions rarely take more than half a dozen tries. That means that at its current price of about thirty dollars, it's hard to recommend. What's here is perfectly executed, but you won't really be getting your money's worth until the game is in the bargain bin or if Encore and JoWooD release enough free add-on missions to bump the play time up a few hours.
60 (UK) (Jul 30, 2003)
It's a shame Neighbours From Hell couldn't have been more expansive. The concept is fantastic, and for a while it's pulled off very well, but once you've electrocuted, burned, pricked, poisoned and injured the poor guy for more than an hour or so, you will find yourself hankering for more neighbours to visit and more houses to terrorise. We wouldn't blame you for changing the channel when they don't come.
PC Games (Germany) (Apr 01, 2003)
Während das Opfer mit dem einstürzenden Stuhl beschäftigt ist, kippen Sie Abführmittel ins Bier. Timing ist alles. Fortgeschrittene sorgen außerdem dafür, dass auf der Toilette jegliches Klopapier fehlt. Sind genügend Streiche geglückt, geht es weiter in den nächsten Level. Das macht Spaß! Nicht umsonst heißt es: Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude. Leider hält sie nicht lange an, weil man schon nach wenigen Stunden alles gesehen hat.
The Game Hoard (Apr 27, 2018)
Cartoon graphics and over-the-top animations help soften the premise of Neighbours from Hell, allowing the player to better enjoy the strategic planning of laying down pranks to best earn points and comical reactions. Too many familiar and repeating elements in this fairly short game keep it from being as interesting as it could be, but there is enough variation that each new level is a new puzzle and you’ll always have a different schedule to upset or trap you haven’t placed before.
GameStar (Germany) (Mar, 2003)
Böse Nachbarn macht eine Zeitlang Spaß, ist aber viel zu schnell vorbei: Spätestens nach drei Stunden haben Sie alle Abschnitte gelöst, jeden Streich mehrfach gesehen. Fazit: eine nette Idee, doch deutlich zu wenige Levels.
PC Zone (Aug 11, 2003)
That said, NFH is an amusing and playful diversion from guns and aliens - for a while. Unfortunately, with only 14 'episodes', it's too shallow to offer lasting entertainment. If you want neighbour terrorising tactics that go beyond a single day, try living in my flat.
Factornews (Jul 02, 2003)
Malgré son prix attractif, Un voisin d’Enfer ne devrait convaincre que les nostalgiques et fans du genre en manque ces temps-ci. La faible durée de vie et la répétitivité de l’action devraient rebuter les autres. Dommage, car la plupart des ingrédients étaient présents ...
Joystick (French) (Sep, 2003)
S'étant attribué le sceau "jeu de réflexion humoristique", Un Voisin d'Enfer réussit plutôt à se payer une contravention pour "jeu pénible en boucle" à l'intéractivité redondante à outrance.