The Addams Family (Mega Drive)

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The Addams Family
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Flying Edge
Developer:
Licensor: Paramount Pictures
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $49.9549.95[1] T-81236
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    T-81236-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £44.9944.99[4] T-81236-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    Non-Sega versions

    The Addams Family is a Sega Mega Drive platform game developed by Ocean Software and published by Flying Edge. Based on the 1991 supernatural comedy film The Addams Family, it was first released in the United States in October 1993, and was later brought to Europe and Australia in the following months.

    Story

    Abigail Craven is scheming to obtain the Addams Family's secret wealth. She is aided by the Judge and the Addams' family attorney, Tully Alford, who takes control of the mansion. She also brainwashes Uncle Fester, who has just lost his memory, into helping her. Morticia Addams, Pugsley Addams, Wednesday Addams, and Granny go to the house to meet with Tully about the property, only to be kidnapped within it by Abigail. When Gomez Addams gets home, he finds the other family members gone and resolves to rescue them from Abigail Craven's sinister clutches.

    Gameplay

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    Wednesday Addams

    The game is a side-scrolling platform game played as Addams Family patriarch Gomez Addams. To save his family, Gomez must run and jump through the Addams Family mansion, which is massive and populated with all manner of deadly traps and supernatural frights. The game is open-ended, with the player having the freedom to move around the indoor and outdoor areas of the mansion in any order. Most areas are accessed through the mansion's Hall of Stairs, which contains six doorways. Levels contain many hidden rooms, often accessed through invisible doors or platforms, by walking through walls, or by falling through pits. The goal of the game is to find and defeat the four bosses who are guarding the abducted members of the Addams Family: the Scientist guards Pugsley, the Grinning Goblin guards Wednesday, the Funky Fire-Dragon guards Granny, and the Wicked Witch guards Uncle Fester. After finding these four, Gomez must fight the Judge to rescue Morticia.

    Gomez moves with Left and Right and ducks with Down. He slides slightly after moving. He jumps with B. Most enemies can be defeated by jumping on top of their heads, but some of them are spiked and hurt Gomez instead if he jumps on them. Gomez bounces off enemies when he jumps on them, which can sometimes be used to reach higher places. It is sometimes necessary to activate a switch block (by jumping to hit it from under) to clear a path or make platforms appear in order to proceed. Enemies and items respawn continuously. Gomez can find golf balls or swords and use them as weapons with C. He can swim or fly (with the Fezi-copter item) with BBBBB. He enters doorways with Up when standing in front of them. The same door can sometimes lead to a different place under different circumstances. He enters objects such as chimneys, pots, or book spines with Down when standing on top of them. He climbs ropes with Up and Down.

    Gomez starts the game with two health hearts. He loses a heart when he takes damage from an enemy or a hazard (unless he has the golf ball, sword, or running shoes items, in which case he loses the item effect instead of a heart). He can obtain up to three more health hearts by challenging the "Guardians of the Heart" (the Big Bird, the Sinister Centipedes, and the Shape-shifting Snowman), three optional bosses that award a health heart apiece when defeated. Gomez loses a life if he loses all of his hearts, and the game ends if Gomez loses all of his lives. It has unlimited continues, and the player is also given a password after defeating a boss for continuing the game at a later time.

    Items

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    Dollar
    Collecting $25 restores a health heart and collecting $100 awards an extra life.
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    Small Heart
    Restores one of Gomez's health hearts.
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    Shield
    Temporarily makes Gomez invincible.
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    1-Up
    Awards an extra life.
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    Fez
    Gives Gomez a "Fezi-copter," a hat that allows him to fly by pressing BBBBB. He keeps the hat until he enters a door.
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    Running Shoes
    Makes Gomez move faster and jump farther. He loses the item effect when he takes damage.
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    Golf Ball
    Arms Gomez with golf balls that he can throw at enemies with C. He has unlimited golf balls. He loses the item effect when he takes damage.
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    Sword
    Arms Gomez with a rapier that can jab at enemies with C. He loses the item effect when he takes damage.
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    Thing
    Provides a hint if Gomez hits it from under.

    Levels

    The player can explore the mansion and the grounds freely and play the levels in any order.

    Outdoors

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    Addams Residence
    Gomez starts the game here. He can go through the door to enter the Hall of Stairs or he can go left to the Big Pit or right to Underground. The chimneys of the mansion contain hidden rooms with power-ups.

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    The Big Pit
    Accessed through a hole in the ground under the gallows to the left of the mansion.

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Old Tree.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Old Tree Boss.png

    The Old Tree
    Boss:
    The Big Bird
    Accessed through a door in the Hall of Stairs. Gomez can fight the Big Bird at the top of the tree for a health heart.

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Under the Tree.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Going Down Under.png

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    Underground
    Accessed through a hole in the ground to the right of the mansion.

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    The Graveyard
    Accessed through the Conservatory. Leads to the Crypt.

    Indoors

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    Hall of Stairs
    Contains several doors that lead to the various rooms of the mansion.

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    Pugsley's Den
    This room is accessed through a hidden door in the Hall of Stairs. It contains another hidden room, which contains several more doors with various items.

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Conservatory.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Poison Ivy.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Money Spider.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Rose Room.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Thorn Pass.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Long Garden.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Plant Pot.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Wormy Way.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Centipedes.png

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    Conservatory
    Boss:
    The Centipedes
    One path leads to the Centipedes, which Gomez can fight for a health heart. Another path leads to the Graveyard and the Crypt, where Wednesday is found.

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Arch Vault.png

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Stone Steps.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Crazy Crypt.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Firing Fish.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Ante Room.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Ghastly Goblin.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Crypt.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Upper Tomb.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Spooky Drop.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Arch Vault.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Jester's Jump.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Stone Steps.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Crazy Crypt.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Firing Fish.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Ante Room.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Ghastly Goblin.png

    The Crypt
    Boss:
    A Ghastly Goblin
    Gomez fights a Ghastly Goblin to rescue Wednesday.

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Portrait Gallery.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Dark Room.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Armoury.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Hall of Clocks.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Fly Fly Fly.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Lower Gallery.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Library.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Very Good Read.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Train Room.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Witch.png

    Portrait Gallery
    Boss:
    The Witch
    Gomez fights the Witch to rescue Uncle Fester.

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Granny's Stove.png

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Kitchen.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Pantry.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Penguin Problems.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Icy Steps.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Rolling Snowball.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Snowman.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Granny's Stove.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Furnace.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Last Oven.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Fire Dragon.png

    The Kitchen
    Boss:
    The Snowman and the Fire Dragon
    One path leads to the Snowman, which Gomez can fight for a health heart. Another path leads to the Fire Dragon, which Gomez fights to rescue Granny.

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Rack.png

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Rack.png

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    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Wacky Scientist.png

    The Games Room
    Boss:
    Wacky Scientist
    Gomez fights the Wacky Scientist to rescue Pugsley.

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    The Music Room
    Rescued family members congregate here with Lurch. Once the four members are recovered, Lurch plays a tune that opens a passage to the underground chambers where Morticia can be found.

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Caves.png

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Big Cavern.png

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    Addams Family MD, Stages, Addams Vault.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Treasury.png

    Addams Family MD, Stages, Nasty Judge.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Chain Room.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Pirahna Tank.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Caves.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Catacombs.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Big Cavern.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Volcanoes.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Gondola.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Addams Vault.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Treasury.png

    • Addams Family MD, Stages, Nasty Judge.png

    The Catacombs
    Boss:
    The Nasty Judge
    The vault containing the Addams Family fortune is located in the catacombs under the mansion. Gomez fights the Judge to rescue Morticia.

    Magazine articles

    Main article: The Addams Family (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-1x-xx)
    also published in:
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #33 (1997-08-07)
    also published in:
    • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #34 (1997-09-01)[6]
    • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #35 (1997-10-18)[7]
    • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #36 (1997-12-07)[8]
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    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    87 №15, p36/37
    Sega Mega Drive
    87
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1500 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    60
    [9]
    Alaab Alcomputtar (SA)
    84
    [10]
    Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
    42
    [11]
    Consoles + (FR)
    89
    [12]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    50
    [13]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    73
    [2]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    60
    [14]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5 (RU)
    60
    [15]
    Game Players (US) NTSC-U
    60
    [16]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    90
    [1]
    Gamers (DE)
    53
    [17]
    Hyper (AU)
    74
    [18]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    25
    [3]
    Mega Action (UK) PAL
    83
    [19]
    Mega Force (FR)
    87
    [20]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    70
    [21]
    Mega Power (UK) PAL
    70
    [22]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    71
    [23]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    55
    [24]
    Player One (FR)
    90
    [25]
    Play Time (DE)
    70
    [26]
    Power Unlimited (NL)
    70
    [27]
    Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
    70
    [28]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    81
    [29]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    84
    [30]
    Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
    72
    [31]
    SuperGamePower (BR)
    74
    [32]
    Todo Sega (ES)
    84
    [33]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    75
    [34]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    71
    [35]
    VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
    70
    [36]
    Sega Mega Drive
    70
    Based on
    31 reviews

    The Addams Family (Mega Drive)

    Mega Drive, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    The Addams Family MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, EU
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    Cover
    AddamsFamily MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    AddamsFamily MD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    AddamsFamily MD EU Manual (back).png
    Manual (back)
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    PCB

    Technical information

    Main article: The Addams Family (Mega Drive)/Technical information.

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 66
    2. 2.0 2.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-15), page 85
    3. 3.0 3.1 Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-21), page 36
    4. Sega Force Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-14), page 66
    5. Sega Visions, "December/January 1993/1994" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 83
    6. Velikiy Drakon, "" (RU; 1997-09-01), page 2
    7. Velikiy Drakon, "" (RU; 1997-10-18), page 78
    8. Velikiy Drakon, "" (RU; 1997-12-07), page 89
    9. 1500 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 12
    10. Alaab Alcomputtar, "" (SA; 1995-06-xx), page 80
    11. Aktueller Software Markt, "Avril 1994" (DE; 1994-03-07), page 112
    12. Consoles +, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 174
    13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 6
    14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 286
    15. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 5, "" (RU; 200x-xx-xx), page 65
    16. Game Players, "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (US; 1993-1x-xx), page 176
    17. Gamers, "Mai/Juni 1994" (DE; 1994-05-06), page 44
    18. Hyper, "February 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 68
    19. Mega Action, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-07), page 31
    20. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 98
    21. Mega Fun, "03/94" (DE; 1994-02-23), page 104
    22. Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 44
    23. MegaTech, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-20), page 60
    24. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 74
    25. Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 96
    26. Play Time, "5/94" (DE; 1994-04-06), page 137
    27. Power Unlimited, "Jaargang 2, Nummer 4, April 1994" (NL; 1994-03-23), page 38
    28. Sega Magazin, "März 1994" (DE; 1994-02-16), page 28
    29. Sega Power, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-xx), page 80
    30. Sega Pro, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 66
    31. Sega Force Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-14), page 64
    32. SuperGamePower, "Abril 1994" (BR; 1994-0x-xx), page 32
    33. Todo Sega, "Febrero 1994" (ES; 1994-0x-xx), page 48
    34. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 7
    35. Video Games, "4/94" (DE; 1994-03-23), page 84
    36. VideoGames, "February 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 88


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