Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti

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Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
Cover art
Developer(s) Now Production
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Nintendo Family Computer
Release date(s)
  • JP July 31, 1989
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, Horror, Platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution cartridge

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (スプラッターハウス わんぱくグラフィティ?, lit. "Splatterhouse: Naughty Graffiti")[1] was the second game to be released in the Splatterhouse video game series. Unlike the other games in the series, Wanpaku Graffiti was released only on the Family Computer and is Japanese exclusive. It is also the first Splatterhouse game to be released for a home console.

The game itself differs from the other Splatterhouse games, in that its characters are "super deformed". It also takes a comical approach to its presentation, parodying horror movies and by incorporating other pop-culture references related with the genre into itself.[2]

Plot[edit]

Wanpaku Graffiti opens as Jennifer weeps over Rick's grave. Lightning strikes, hitting the grave and reviving Rick, who has been wearing a mask. Lightning strikes again, hitting the grave next to Rick's and revives the Pumpkin King, the game's main antagonist. The Pumpkin King kidnaps Jennifer and Rick must go save her.

After fighting through several levels of super deformed monster parodies, Rick finds himself in the office of the Pumpkin King. Upon defeating him, it is revealed to the player that the whole game was merely a movie. A director congratulates on his fine acting, Rick removes his mask, and they leave. Once everyone has left, the mask comes to life, revealing it is not what it seems. If the two crystal balls are collected, there is an extended epilogue. One crystal ball contains a picture of Rick lying on top a hill with Jennifer, stating that they live happily ever after. The second crystal ball has a glimpse of Rick looking uncertain as Jennifer excitedly approaches what appears to be West Mansion during a storm, ominously stating that they will face a crisis. This may imply that Wanpaku Graffiti was intended to be a prequel to the original game.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Unlike the other Splatterhouse games, Wanpaku Graffiti focuses more on platforming elements than Beat 'em up gameplay.[2] Instead of using punches and kicks, Rick wields an axe and can pick up a shotgun with limited ammo during certain levels. This game also features an experience point system. By defeating a certain number of enemies, Rick's health bar grows. The number of enemies needed is seen at the top of the screen. New to the series is the password system, which allows players to enter stages through four digit numbers.

If both of the crystal orbs are collected during the game, a shot at the end with Rick and Jennifer approaching the West Mansion like in the original Splatterhouse will be revealed. The ending would suggest that Rick was possibly dreaming all the events of this game when he is seen on the hill with Jennifer. The dream may have been a warning about what was going to happen in the West Mansion in the next game.

Reception[edit]

Rick faces the boss of the first level, a Michael Jackson inspired vampire.[2]

JC Fletcher of Joystiq.com reviewed the game in the "Virutally Overlooked" column, devoted to games that should appear on the Wii's Virtual Console. Fletcher praised the game's graphics and parody elements, writing "Splatterhouse wasn't the most deadly serious game, but it was bloody enough to be shocking...How would you follow up a game like that?" Fletcher went on to say that "parody remakes" are missed in the video game industry.[3] Overall, critics of the game have deemed its graphics, control, and parody nature Wanpaku Graffiti's strongest aspects.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob. "West Mansion: The Splatterhouse Home Page". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Rob Strangman (2007). "Splatterhouse at Hardcore Gaming 101". Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b JC Fletcher (2007). "Virtually Overlooked: Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ Jason Hogan (2007). "NES Player: Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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