Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child

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Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child
Kiss - Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Coverart.png
Developer(s) Third Law Interactive (PC)
Tremor Entertainment (DC conversion)
Publisher(s) Gathering of Developers (PC)
Take-Two Interactive (DC)
Engine Lithtech 2.0
Platform(s) Windows
Dreamcast
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA July 18, 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA October 29, 2000
  • PAL January 19, 2001
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (PC version only)

Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child is a first person shooter computer game developed by Third Law Interactive and published by Gathering of Developers for the PC in July 2000. It was also released later that year for the Dreamcast (using Windows CE) following a port by Tremor Entertainment. The game is based on Todd McFarlane's Kiss: Psycho Circus series of comic books, themselves inspired by the rock band Kiss. Kiss: Psycho Circus was the first game to be developed by Third Law Interactive, themselves having recently formed in December 1998 after a widely publicized mass walkout from Ion Storm.[2] Versions for the PlayStation[3] and the Game Boy Color[4] were planned, but were later canceled. The PC version of the game was done on an enhanced version of the Lithtech engine, licensed from Monolith Productions.

The game's story revolves around a Kiss tribute band, who suddenly receive superhuman powers.


Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC Dreamcast
ActionTrip 5.9/10[5]
Allgame 3.5/5 stars[6] 2/5 stars[7]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 2/10[8]
Eurogamer 9/10[9]
Game Informer 4.5/10[10]
GamePro 3/5 stars[11]
Game Revolution C[12]
GameSpot 6.6/10[13] 4.5/10[14]
GameSpy 70%[15]
GameZone 9/10[16]
IGN 7/10[17] 6.2/10[18]
PC Gamer US 70%[19]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 70.95%[20] 51.91%[21]
Metacritic 71/100[22] 59/100[23]

The game has received average to mixed reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave the game a score of 70.95% and 71 out of 100 for the PC version,[20][22] and 51.91% and 59 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version.[21][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Release Information for PC". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  2. ^ IGN: Eight Quit Ion Storm
  3. ^ IGN: KISS Psycho Circus
  4. ^ IGN: KISS Psycho Circus
  5. ^ Jojic, Uros "2Lions" (2000-08-11). "KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child Review". ActionTrip. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  6. ^ House, Matthew. "Kiss Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child (PC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Kiss Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child (DC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  8. ^ "KISS: Psycho Circus (DC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. February 2001. 
  9. ^ Gestalt (2000-07-22). "KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Review (PC)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  10. ^ "KISS: Psycho Circus (DC)". Game Informer (94). February 2001. 
  11. ^ Wight, Brian (2000-07-29). "KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  12. ^ Archer, Erik (August 2000). "KISS: Psycho Circus Review (PC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  13. ^ Wolpaw, Erik (2000-07-28). "KISS: Psycho Circus Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  14. ^ Wolpaw, Erik (2000-11-16). "KISS: Psycho Circus Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  15. ^ Law, Caryn "Hellchick" (2000-07-25). "Kiss: Psycho Circus (PC)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2002-04-02. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  16. ^ Giacobbi, Kevin "BIFF" (2000-07-25). "KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2001-04-18. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  17. ^ Lopez, Vincent (2000-07-27). "KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  18. ^ Nix, Marc (2000-11-03). "KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child (DC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  19. ^ "KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child". PC Gamer: 114. October 2000. 
  20. ^ a b "KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  21. ^ a b "KISS: Psycho Circus for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  22. ^ a b "KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  23. ^ a b "KISS: Psycho Circus Critic Reviews for Dreamcast". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 

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