Ever heard of Ed Wood? You should have. He's only the worse movie maker in history (at least that's what they claim). He made a cult movie (becoming a cult movie by being so bad) entitled Plan 9 from Outer Space. This was also Bela Lugosi's last movie (you should know who Bela Lugosi is). He died during the filming.
Now imagine my surprise, when I discovered they made a game based on this movie. It was made in 1992 by Gremlin Graphics LTD. The game was made in three languages (English, German and French).
I'm still not sure if this game is brilliant or crap! I'm not kidding. I've watched the movie twice after I played the game, so I'd make up my mind, but I'm still not sure.
The game let's you explore the world, that's a mixture of reality in which Ed Wood lived and a fantasy that he made. So I got the feeling that everything that was bad in the game was made that way intentionally. As an adventure game it's fairly simple and straight forward, but I provided a walkthrough as well. I won't revil much of the plot, except that you have to find the missing movie reels (as if there's much more of the plot anyway). Off course it's this movie the game is based upon. There are several places where you can watch the movie, so every time you find another reel give it a go. It's the actual movie Plan 9 from Outer Space. I just can't understand why this movie was hidden in several locations all over the globe. Maybe somebody got so ashamed of this movie and wanted to prevent the screening…
The game play is simple enough. You get to chose the language and answer the copy-protection question (the file provided is incomplete, so you might have to start the game several times). Once the copy-protection is passed you'll get a large screen. In the middle there's the interaction screen (the still picture that sometimes moves) with which you can interact. On the bottom right side is the list of commands. In order to pick something up you need to click on TAKE and then go to the interaction screen. Above the command list is the inventory. That's about it. The rest of the background is just something taken out of the movie. So it's all simple enough, but by far not the best interaction option (even for 1992).
Graphics are good enough, but mostly static. There are only a few animated scenes in the game. The film you get to see is actually quite well made (considering they tried to cover a real movie into something that would play as an animated sequence in the game).
Music contributes to the general feeling. It's a mixture of pompous and freaky. Yet like with the interface it gets annoying. There's no speech and extremely little sound effects (the first one should be a cough, but sounds more like a stomp).
The game plays well in DOSBox and VDMSound, so there are no real compatibility issues. Heck, it even works in WinXP.
All in all this game would not be worth playing and I'd consider it crap, if it weren't based on the worst film ever. So you can say the game is being true to the movie... So if you're a fan of weirdness or Ed Wood, then you should definitely try this game. Otherwise you should better go and play a decent adventure instead.
The game will ask you for copy protection. The answers are in the extras, but several are missing. Just keep restarting the game until it asks you for one you have the answer.