We all know Ocean were famous for signing big licence films and then turning them into boring and downright awful platform games. Take Robocops 1 and 2, Darkman and Total Recall for example.
Lately perhaps, Ocean have been listening to Joe Public a bit because some of their recent releases such as Robocop 3, Parasol Stars and Epic have been brilliant.
Ocean's latest game is The Addams Family, gulp! I clasped my hands and prated to God that it wouldn't be Darkman with different graphics. I think in some small way my calls were answered.
It's a platform game, but it's no ordinary platform game. Nay missus, The Addams Family is a platform game of epic proportions.
The Family are a bit of weird bunch to say the least. Let me introduce you to them. First up are Gomez - the main character in the game - and Morticia, while Pugsley and Wednesday are the mischievous kids who are always trying to kill each other.
Lurch is the butler. Granny is mad, as all good grannies are, and Uncle Fester is the family weirdo - you should see what be can do with a light bulb! But without a shadow of a doubt the star of The Addams Family is The Thing.
The Thing is a hand and in the original TV series he just stayed inside his box, but now thanks to magic of film special effects he can come out and do all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
If you decide to buy the game you'll, no doubt, be rushing out to rent the video - well you'll be pressured into renting the video because it's splashed all over the box and the game's title screens.
Hey wait a minute, I think I'll run up to my local shopping centre and visit the video shop. Hmm what shall I rent? At £2.50 a time I'd better decide carefully, aha The Addams Family looks quite good. I'll rent this.
All that talk about The Addams Family video plastered all over the box has actually influenced my decision to rent the film. Blimey, there must be a marketing man somewhere looking very pleased with himself. Right enough of this insane warbling, I suppose all you lot want to know more about the game. Well I'm the reviewer and I can do anything I want, but because I'm in a kind and forgiving mood I will tell you more...
You play the part of Gomez and it's his job to venture through level upon level trying to get his precious family back who have disappeared somewhere in the house. Right, The Addams Family is huge, giant, massive. OK let's slow down and put this size business into perspective.
Any other platform game on the Amiga is the size of Southport. The Addams Family is the size of Russia. If you're a dedicated platform game fan then The Addams Family is a game you can't afford to miss.
Now whenever a platform game comes out that is this good, people turn to comparisons. For instance, if I even uttered the words "short, fat, blue and red uniformed, Italian plumber" then you'll know instantly who I'm talking about. It has to be said that The Addams Family is very similar to the Mario games, which if you think about is no bad thing at all.
I wouldn't recommend it to the platform beginner because it's very tricky and you'll just find yourself throwing the joystick around the room in frustration. For the more experienced gamers it's ideal because there is no way it's going to be completed in a couple of days. The Addams Family is one of the most enjoyable platform romps I have, err, romped on in a long time. There are hundreds of enemies and obstacles for you to avoid.
It's got loads of platform cliches in it. Secret rooms are to be found everywhere, hundreds of coins to be collected, invincibility pills to be plundered and a handy little item that can be found to help Gomez find his family is his fez.
This little fez is no ordinary fez - it flies, thus enabling Gomez to reach those parts of the game that other non-fez wearers can't reach.
Overall The Addams Family is probably one of the greatest little platform games of all time on the Amiga. The graphics re excellent and give it a console feel.
The backgrounds used to be parallax scrolling, but due to speed loss they have been changed to simple black, which isn't as bad as it sounds because the sprites are easier to see.
Sound wise you get a startling reproduction of the programme's theme tune. The effects aren't bad, they just serve their purpose. Plenty of 'em though. On the playability front, you can't go far wrong. Everything moves as it should. A dead easy control system makes t a doddle to play.
You'll keep on coming back to it, simply because the game's so huge. The fact that you can input codes to return where you left off does help matters.
I was addicted to it within minutes and it's not often that that happens. The Addams Family may be that be creepy and spooky and all the rest of it, but if I were you I'd get down to the shops and buy a copy before there are none left. Hurry up.