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Amiga

The Addams Family

The Addams Family
GenreAction Adventure
DeveloperOcean Software
PublisherOcean Software
Released1992
Rating
Graphics:7.5
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.5
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Based on the famous 1991 comedy movie, this is a nice platform game based around the strangest family ever to be seen on the silver screen!
 
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The Addams FamilyYou control the Gomez (Addam's family father) and your mission is to save the members of your family who have been kidnapped (I wonder for the… obscure person who did that…). They have been stowed away in various locations in the mansion and are protected by a boss of some sort. You have to venture through all the areas of the house though each area has been taken over by hoards of nasties that will stop at nothing to prevent you from achieving your goals! There many different areas for you to explore and in each area is also filled with secret bonuses and rooms for you to discover!
Gameplay is similar to the Super Mario games (and others), in which Gomez is unarmed but being able to dispatch enemies by simply jumping on their heads. You can walk and jump in all eight-directions on platforms in order to progress or even avoid enemy contacts. Gomez can also find objects to throw at them, such as golf balls etc. Your energy (depicted with two hearts) is limited to … two hits though, but you can easily find some by killing nasties. You may also find dollar signs which will give extra score points but also (and most important), if you collect 50 of those your energy will be replenished in full! It is a good platform game though, with fast action and nice graphics.

Graphics are humorous and a joy to watch on the screen. The Amiga version has more colors compared to the ST but misses several background details (found on the ST, Mega Drive and SNES versions)! I really don’t get it though, why…
Animation and scrolling though are way smoother that the ST version (and similar to the 16bit consoles) and make the game more playable as it is crucial for any platform game to run as fluid as possible in terms of movement. Note that the ST version runs in flip-screen mode, too...
The sound features an excellent tune at the intro (taken from the original movie), while there are several nice to hear in-game tunes and sound FX.
 
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  • The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family
 
Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
Gameplay sample
 
Comparable platforms
Atari ST
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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