Escape from Monster Manor

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Escape from Monster Manor
Escape from Monster Manor Cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)Studio 3DO[1]
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts[1]
Platform(s)3DO Interactive Multiplayer
  • JP: March 26, 1994
Genre(s)Horror, first-person shooter

Escape from Monster Manor, also known in Japan as Virtual Horror Norowarate Yakata (バーチャルホラー 呪われた館), is a video game developed by The 3DO Company and published by Electronic Arts for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.


The game's main developer was Leo Schwab.[2] Schwab has cited Wolfenstein 3D as the chief inspiration for the game. After some months working on a different 3DO game, Schwab and his team abandoned that project and switched to the less ambitious Escape from Monster Manor so that they could have a demo to present at that year's Consumer Electronics Show.[3]


Escape From Monster Manor is a first-person shooter where the player character wanders through a haunted mansion from a first-person point of view in a 3D environment. The player must defeat spiders, spooks, and other horrors to escape.[4]

The objective of the game is to collect pieces of a sacred talisman in each stage, then make it through twelve levels to the exit to escape.


Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game a 6.75 out of 10, mentioning some minor issues with the control but overall recommending the game for its well-rendered graphics and genuinely creepy audio.[5] GamePro praised the game's frightening graphics and audio, nerve-wracking challenge, and strafing ability.[6] A review in Edge praised the "look and feel" of the game, but criticized the simplicity of the game design and gameplay. The game was compared unfavorably to DOOM and given a score of 5/10.[1] The game was reviewed in 1994 in Dragon #204 by Sandy Petersen in the "Eye of the Monitor" column. Petersen gave the game 2 out of 5 stars.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Escape From Monster Manor". Edge. Future Publishing (7): 79. April 1994.
  2. ^ Matthews, Will (December 2013). "Ahead of its Time: A 3DO Retrospective". Retro Gamer (122). Imagine Publishing. p. 26.
  3. ^ Schwab, Leo (September 24, 2012). Let's Play - Monster Manor, YouTube. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Petersen, Sandy (April 1994). "Eye of the Monitor". Dragon (204): 59–62.
  5. ^ "Monster Manor Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (56). EGM Media, LLC. March 1994. p. 38.
  6. ^ "ProReview: Escape From Monster Manor". GamePro (57). IDG. April 1994. pp. 58–59.

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