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The Addams Family

The Addams Family
GenreAction Platform
DeveloperOcean Software
PublisherOcean Software
Reviewed byndial
The Addams Family is an action platform game developed and published in 1992 by Nintendo America for the arcades. The game is based on the popular 1991 blockbuster movie, featuring the weirdest (and among the funniest) family ever existed on the silver screen. It was ported to the 16bit Atari ST, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo home systems.
The Addams FamilySTORY / GAMEPLAY
In this fun, action platform game you control Gomez (you know who this is right?) and your mission is to save the members of your family that have been kidnapped and stowed away in different locations of the mansion, guarded by a boss of some sort. You have to venture through all the areas of inside and out of the mansion, each swarmed by hoards of weird creatures that will never stop to prevent you from achieving your goal. There is a variety of different areas for you to explore and also find some secret bonuses.
The gameplay is similar to Super Mario (and other games of the same genre). Gomez is actually unarmed but is able to eliminate enemies by simply jumping onto their heads or just avoiding them. You can walk and jump in all eight-directions onto higher platforms to progress. Gomez can also find objects to throw like, for instance, golf balls. Your energy bar (shown as two hearts) is limited to only two hits but you can pick up more hearts to refill. There are also some dollar signs that will grant some extra score points and, most importantly, if you collect 50 of those, your energy will be fully replenished. Overall, the Addams Family is a fun action platform game, with fast pace and good visuals.

The graphics on the Amiga look great. The Amiga version has more colors compared to the ST but misses a few background details (found on the ST, Mega Drive and SNES versions) and we really don’t know why this happened.
On the other hand, the animation and scrolling are smoother that the ST counterpart (and similar to the 16bit consoles), making the game more playable as it is crucial for any platform game to run as smoothly as possible.
The sound on the Amiga version features an excellent intro tune (taken from the popular movie) some in-game tunes and a variety of sampled sound effects.

Our video below contains the Atari ST, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo conversions.
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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
The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
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