Here’s a piece of gaming news you almost certainly didn’t expect today: Night Trap is getting a re-release to commemorate its 25th anniversary. It may not be the classic remake the world needs, but it is one the world deserves. The announcement came completely out of the blue, with a trailer and a free song download.
The first question that comes to mind is “Why?”. More specifically: “Why, oh god, why?”. Night Trap wasn’t a great game even way back when, and no amount of polish is going to change that. There is no fanbase to speak of, which was kind of proven by the failed kickstarter campaign a few years back. It managed to get around 10% of their goal, before quietly dissipating. It seemed nobody was interested, but obviously someone decided to fund the project, and here we are.
In case you haven’t heard of it, Night Trap is a FMV game which puts you in the role of a nameless, faceless Special Control Attack Team member, whose job is to oversee security at the Martin manor. The Martin’s are out of town for a few days, and their achingly-90s teenage daughter decides to invite some friends over. They party by playing air guitar, or tennis racquet guitar. A group of vampires attack the household, and your job is to save the girls using the ludicrous security system at your disposal. It was Not A Good game. The only reason it is still remembered today is because it was one of the titles that prompted the forming of the ESRB.
Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition will be coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One this spring, and the PS is getting a limited physical edition as well, in case you really hate yourself. There’s no word of a PC release, but you can download the theme song in amazing mp3 quality from the official site. At least that’s something.