A side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.


(as Mr. Yokoyama)


The place was called the West Mansion. But, to all who knew its legend, it was known as "Splatterhouse." It was once the home of the famed parapsychologist, Dr. West. There was a research lab in the house where Dr. West conducted some of his most gruesome experiments. It was even said that it was in this house that he created the most hideous creatures that ever walked the face of the Earth. But no one knew for sure. Dr. West had not been seen or heard from in years, and no one who has ever gone into the mansion has lived to tell the tale. Rick and his girlfriend, Jennifer, were parapsychology majors at the local university. They were both very interested in the works of Dr. West as he was the most famed parapsychologist in the world. One day, they decided to visit the abandoned West Mansion as part of a project they were working on in school. As they walked towards the house, it started to rain. They entered. All went dark. Lightning cracked through the sky. There was a frantic ... Written by Shawn Watson

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November 1988 (Japan)  »

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Supurattâhausu  »

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Because of the extreme, graphic and gory violence, this holds the distinction of being the first game to have a parental advisory disclaimer put on it. See more »


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A game that had to have inspired Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat...
4 January 2011 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

Back in the 80's, games were usually labelled as children's toys. you had mascots like Mario, link, Zelda, samus, and donkey Kong, and not one of those games talked of blood and gore. Welcome Namco's Splatterhouse. Released on the Turbografx 16, Splatterhouse might very well be the first survival horror game ever released. it's a horror-themed game, obviously, and the title even brags of it's violence and gore.

Rick and Jennifer and students who are exploring west mansion. While inside, Rick and Jennifer and both knocked out and separated. When rick awakes, he's covered in blood, Jennifer is nowhere to be found, and he's wearing a mask he can't remove. now it's different. he's not leaving with the mask and without Jennifer. now the player takes over, as rick explores west mansion, slaying weird creatures, and avoiding grotesque things, to get his girlfriend back, and to get the mask off his face.

As mentioned on my summary, this game had to have paved the way for games like resident evil (mostly Resident Evil, They're both survival horror games) doom, and mortal kombat years later. Being one of the first games to openly depict gore is one thing, having a parental advisory warning before the ESRB is another.

I suggest you go find a copy or download this for Wii's Virtual console, you will have fun with it.

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