A Fortnight of Fright: Sweet Home

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Retro
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As Halloween night draws near, Chad has taken it upon himself to dig into the vaults to bring you some of his favorite horror-themed video games. Can you handle the madness? Read on, if you dare!

Home Sweet Hell

Sweet Home Screen Shot 1If there’s one hard and fast rule of localization that we’ve learned over the years, it’s to never allow Nintendo to decide what content is appropriate. Reportedly, Sweet Home was too gruesome to import to American audiences, and this is a shame because it was important in the development of the survival horror game and a fine game in its own right. Supposedly, Resident Evil draws from it (although I’ve never seen any evidence to suggest that, other than both are horror-themed games published by Capcom), but taken on its own, it’s an enjoyable RPG with some unusual twists. Luckily, another intrepid group of fans translated the game into English.

In Sweet Home, you take control of a team of… art restoration specialists and documentary filmmakers as they visit a recently vacated mansion. Naturally, the mansion is haunted by the ghosts of the previous owners and numerous other strange creatures. The front door, inconveniently enough, locks the characters inside the mansion. Each character has a particular skill to contribute to the party, and if they’re dead, they’re dead. No Phoenix Downs here. Therefore, survival becomes a priority – the fewer survivors, the harder the journey through the mansion is going to be.

Probably most interesting, though, is that Sweet Home is a tie-in game. Toho made a film of the same name and released the film and game simultaneously. While details on both are rather scarce, one would think that this involved quite a bit of planning and forethought, thus making this one of the few licensed games to make more of an impact than the film it was based upon.

View Previous Fortnight of Fright: Clock Tower

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