Gameplay for the Namco Splatterhouse Handheld Game
(Namco - 1988)
The game play for the Splatterhouse game is a little awkward but is still fast paced and entertaining, the small LCD screen features the familiar West Mansion that is the setting of the original Splatterhouse game.
Just like the original arcade game, this mini Splatterhouse game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up game. You control a parapsychology student named Rick, who is trapped inside the spooky West Mansion. After he is resurrected by the ominous Terror Mask... Rick has to maneuver his way through the mansion, fighting off hordes of creatures in bloody battles in an attempt to save Jennifer from an untimely demise.
Movement is a little tricky but once you get used to it it is a breeze. You move only one space for each time you hit a directional button. So if you want to move to the left two spaces you must push the left button twice.
When the game is not in use, it defaults to demonstration mode, where the game plays on its own, which gives insight to the gameplay. One nice feature is the ability to turn the sound off if you wish to play silently.
I do not have the instructions for the game so I had to learn the controls by trial and error, but I managed to fumble my way through the process. If anyone has an instruction manual they could sell me or scan for me, it would be greatly appreciated.
After I learned how to play this Namco Splatterhouse game, I played for an hour, and after a while it started to get repetitive but I caught myself trying to beat my high score time and time again. It is semi-faithful to the original, but you can only do so much when you compress an action game into such a small area. So overall, in my opinion I give this game a 7-10 for playability... not too bad for a vintage handheld game.