One of the best horror games I remember from my childhood is the 1992 game Night Trap. I can remember renting the Sega CD from the video store just to play this game, which everyone had been talking about due to its reputation. Truly a one-of-a-kind game, it features Diff’rent Strokes star Dana Plato in a horror story about masked men invading a teenage house party. Players were tasked with watching the house through surveillance cameras, activating traps to stop the intruders.
When it was released back in 1992, the game was very controversial due to its violent content. Along with Mortal Kombat, Night Trap directly led to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Though light on actual gore and extremely heavy on campiness, the game made so many people concerned with its content that there were literally congressional hearings to discuss its legality.
Decades later, Night Trap is now considered tame enough to be featured on Nintendo consoles. On Twitter, Limited Run Games has officially announced their plans to bring the game to the Nintendo Switch this summer. An official release date has yet to be revealed, but the game will be sold both digitally and in physical disc format!
Never say never!
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) April 20, 2018
Compared with modern titles, Night Trap is no longer the game parents should be most concerned about. But despite its cheesiness and humorous moments, the game did manage to creep me out as a kid. I never did manage to beat it, as the cost of renting a Sega CD in the early 90s wasn’t cheap. It’s been many, many years since I’ve played it, but I’m definitely looking forward to revisiting this game on the Switch.
Stay tuned for an official release date, but for now, watch the launch trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Night Trap below!
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