Basic Idea: You wake up with fiction’s most beloved plot device (see: amnesia) and try to catch the real murderer.
Review: ICOM had three of their games in this vein reach the NES. Point-N-Click is a difficult endeavor on a console, as the control pad isn’t near as fast as the mouse (not to mention most console gamers want something a bit faster). With that said, the story and atmosphere must be amazing to make up for it. Uninvited was brutal. Walking dead situations. Insanely illogical puzzles. Laughable haunted house plot. Déjà Vu makes the cut.
Of the three games, this is the only one that has a plot that develops as the game progresses. It’s pretty much your typical ham-fisted film noir dialogue and situations, but it’s improved by a pretty decent sense of tension throughout. The puzzles seem fairly logical as well. However, there’s a bit too much randomness in the game to keep me from being annoyed. There are thugs who randomly steal your money, and if they do, you’re pretty much in a walking dead situation (but at least an obvious one–hope you saved!). Also, the sound and graphics are probably the worst in this series of games.
It’s probably not worth much of a play these days, even if you loved Shadowgate or other adventures. But if you do, there’s plenty of well-executed sections that should keep you entertained.