a game by Activision
Although the title suggests gameplay of a somewhat sinister nature, this is actually an exploratory beat 'em up which gives you a choice between a male and female fighter, each with their own weapons and fighting styles. Journeying through the streets of London, your task is to search for a way to save the city from the dreaded Nightmare Creatures hinted at in the title. Along the way you need to activate hidden switches to open locked doors which block your escape from each level.
The large amount of gore and flying limbs that result from your lightning-fast combo moves can be addictive and strangely fulfilling. You can also obtain a vast range of weapons, which makes the destruction of creatures a little more interesting. There is no time limit to this game, but if you fail to keep killing things your character's adrenalin level drops and therefore renders you helpless against the virus which created the creatures. Graphically, Nightmare Creatures is quite impressive - the amount of detail in the scenery and the buildings is enough to impress an architect. The 3D roving camera angles are impressive too, if somewhat irritating. Trying to see what your character is doing is difficult at times, which as you can imagine is no recipe for fun-filled gameplay.
Unfortunately the game is let down by weak puzzles (assuming you consider searching a dark labyrinth for a switch to be a puzzle), and relentlessly killing one monster after the next loses its appeal after about the fourth level. To sum it up, there's nothing truly unique about this game. The graphics are impressive but the gameplay is repetitive and dull. If, however, you're in the market for a good looking slash 'em up that requires you to have the intellect of pond life then you could do a hell of a lot worse than Nightmare Creatures. Mind you, there's always Deathtrap Dungeon.
2018-12-05 Nightmare Creatures game added.