Murder Mansion

Capcom may be taking its latest zombie-or-hillbilly fest back to its survival horror roots, but Murder Mansion takes the same concept back to its roots in a much more literal way – placing a Jill Valentine lookalike in an eerily familiar looking mansion full of undead creatures waiting around for you to shoot the crap out of them.

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It’s more of a homage than actual survival horror, with its easy to disaptch enemies and tongue-in-cheek humour making it more fun than scary. It also has a little, unexpected surprise…

The graphics and gameplay should be immediately familiar to anyone who played the first Resident Evil, or even Alone in the Dark for that matter: chunky 3D visuals, obtuse camera angles, tank-like (sorta) controls, and placing you in a large spooky mansion full of non-sensical puzzles which proves that the kind of people who can afford mansions have far too much time and money on their hands. Fans of the series will also note some obvious callbacks, such as the dining room near the starting area of the game, but its far from a pound for pound recreation of Resi.

Funnily enough, the zombies – because yes, there are zombies – look a lot like the player. Presumably, the developers recycled the same character model as a time-saving measure but shooting flesh-eating clones of yourself coincidentally turns out to be a whole lot more creepy than traditional green zombies could ever be.

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Luckily, there is a few modern sensibilities imported into the classic design. Movement is not exactly fast paced, but thankfully the more classical tank controls are swapped out for a bit more freedom of movement. Shooting is also a lot more streamlined, with your character actually able to hold a gun AND move at the same time. Something the original STARS members never thought to do – no wonder most of them died.

As a 72hr jam entry Murder Mansion is relatively short as always, but there’s actual game to be had here, with some arbitrary objects to collect to proceed further into the mansion and enough zombies to kill to last you at least 30min or so. What is perhaps most surprising for such a short jam-game, though, doesn’t happen until you hit the game over screen. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice to say don’t reach for that quit button as soon as the infamous “You Died” appears… just wait for a bit.

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About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started newretrogames.wordpress.com and contribute to www.thecitylane.com. I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on December 21, 2016, in Adventure and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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