Casper (video game)
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SNES (Natsume) cover art
|Developer(s)||Absolute Entertainment, G3 Interactive, Funcom, Natsume|
|Publisher(s)||Natsume (SNES version)
KSS (SFC version)
Interplay (3DO, Saturn, PS, GBC)
|Release date(s)||Super NES:|
There have been different versions of video games based on the film Casper. Two of those games were released in 1996 and 1997 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, one different from each other, by different publishers, and released in different regions. There is also another version for the 3DO, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and Game Boy Color, published by Interplay Entertainment, as well as a Game Boy game.
Casper is a game developed by Absolute Entertainment and published by Natsume. The player controls Casper, followed by Kat Harvey whom he has to protect from any danger. Being a ghost, Casper can pass through walls and other obstacles, but he can't go away from Kat too much, or else Carrigan's ghost will abduct her. The game follows loosely the plot of the movie. This game uses a revised Absolute A Boy and His Blob engine. Picking up special objects allows Casper to morph into these objects to clear rooms of enemies, and to protect Kat from certain hazards. Mirrors placed throughout the game allows Casper and Kat travel to other parts of mansion, and outside electrical lines allow Casper to pick up the last of the toys, when he picks up the electric bolt morph.
A different game, this time developed by Natsume, was released only in Japan by the anime company KSS. In this version, the game uses an isometric view and the player controls Kat Harvey herself as she protects Casper from a duo that consists of a male government agent and a female government agent. During the course of the game, Kat collects items, therefore making this game an adventure game as opposed to an action game.
Baseballs are used to stun the secret agents. Getting hit by a secret agent results in a game over. There is even a box to the bottom right that keeps track of time (in seconds and minutes); the game starts with ten seconds elapsed. Saving the game is as easy is finding mechanical contraptions and activating them. While saving the game, the game counts all the coins and gems; it uses that count to tabulate a percentage to decide how much of the game has been officially completed.
The version published by Interplay plays as a top-view action-adventure game with pre-rendered graphics. The game consists of three acts, first finding tokens of friendship for Kat and Dr. Harvey, then finding the pieces for the Lazarus machine (which Casper's uncles had disassembled under the impression he would use it on himself), and finally finding the Cellular Integrator (which Carrigan's ghost steals, leading Casper to her lair) while exploring the mansion and dealing with the Ghostly Trio. Unlike other versions, other than the Ghostly Trio and Carrigan (who serves as this version's final boss), there are no enemies. The game instead focuses on solving puzzles.
Certain areas of the game appear to be unlockable, and one certain puzzle (located within a library of sorts) has the player basically flip switches until the solution presents itself, allowing entry into a room where the player can obtain puzzle pieces that fit somewhere in the game. Using a cheat however, which enables the player character to float to any height, the player is able to explore a huge, hidden area of the mansion, where every morph, and every item needed to complete the game are to be found.
Sega Saturn Magazine gave the Saturn version a 70%, calling it "a decent enough effort with what is a particularly sugary film, spoilt by some frustrating flaws in the gameplay and action that is too repetitive." Their next issue printed a retraction, admitting that Interplay had not sent them a review copy of Casper, and that the review was actually based on an unfinished version of the game.
- Casper SNES information at GameFAQs
- Casper Game Boy information at GameFAQs
- Casper Game Boy Color information at GameFAQs
- Casper on GameSpot accessed 11 May 2007
- Allsetter, Rob (February 1996). "Review: Casper". Sega Saturn Magazine (4) (Emap International Limited). pp. 80–81.
- "Whoops...". Sega Saturn Magazine (5) (Emap International Limited). March 1996. p. 10.
- Casper at Allgame
- Casper (Natsume) at MobyGames
- Casper (KSS) at MobyGames
- Casper (Interplay) at MobyGames