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Waxworks

DOS - 1992

Also available on: Amiga

Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Adventure, Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme
Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, Horror, Puzzle-Solving, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher
Accolade, Inc.
Developer
Horror Soft Ltd.
Perspective
1st-Person
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.58
4.59 / 5 - 29 votes

Description of Waxworks

Waxworks is an excellent, yet overlooked, first-person horror RPG from the makers of blockbuster Elvira series. The plot (which is detailed in the superbly written storybook that came with the game) could well have been concocted by Lovecraft, with a dash of Hitchcockian suspense-- here it is in the company's own words:

[When] you were eight, your twin brother Alex vanished into the mine tunnels beneath Vista Forge - home of your Uncle Boris' demon-filled Waxworks. Twenty years later, Uncle Boris dies, leaving you his collection of fiendish displays - and the stupefying news that Alex is alive.

Possessed by a 500 year old family curse, your brother schemes to resurrect the undead denizens of five blood-soaked worlds of the past, present and future: 19th century London, ancient Egypt, an abandoned mine shaft, a haunted cemetery and the malevolent chambers of the Waxworks itself. Your only hope [is] to save Alex by removing the curse of an evil witch.

The game interface will be familiar to Elvira fans, with vastly improved graphics and item descriptions. As in Elvira, there is a significant amount of inventory-based puzzles, most of which require inventive use of the various macabre items throughout the game.

Combat is a simple but fun, with dozens of traditional and exotic weapons you can wield, each of which is most effective against a predictable kind of monster. With chilling atmosphere, gory graphics, and solid gameplay, Waxworks is a must play for every Lovecraft fan and anyone who likes adventure game elements in RPGs. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

JAY DEE 2014-10-28 0 point DOS version

or to avoid all that typing download defend-reloaded and just click a few icons

how_to_play 2014-01-27 6 points DOS version

all games on this website are msdos games and you need an msdos emulator to play them on windows, linux, or mac. bing or google dosbox. on windows i extracted dosbox to c:\dosbox

i extract games i download from this website to c:\games

so for example download and extract waxworks.zip to c:\games\waxworks

there is a double waxworks folder in zip so path is actually:
c:\games\waxworks\waxworks

double click on dosbox icon at desktop, it will show a prompt with a z:

type: mount c c:\games\waxworks\waxworks
press enter
it should say its mounted but still shows a z: prompt
type c:
press enter
you are now inside the folder on c that you mounted
type: play
press enter

you should be in the game.

note: not all games have a play.bat. you will have to look into the folder before had so you know what to type to start the game.

hope this helps people.

shark 2014-01-26 1 point DOS version

will not work on pc

Spez 2013-02-28 0 point DOS version

Looks awesome

Sierra 2012-12-13 0 point DOS version

So nasty but very good game. Also dont play it with small childrens at all

mymoon 2012-02-29 0 point DOS version

never completed this one but played it on the amiga for a loooong time. Great game.

Vinny 2012-01-30 1 point DOS version

its awesome but for some reason it lags and gets stuck on my windows 2000 does anybody know why?

Xifihas 2011-10-24 0 point DOS version

Two warnings for anybody planning to play this game.
1. You are going to die. A lot.
2. The death scenes are quite gruesome, don't play this on a full stomach.

H Hog 2011-10-20 0 point DOS version

Some really, REALLY graphic deaths in this one. Not for the squeamish!

CornyPhartz 2011-06-04 0 point DOS version

Thank you very much for this...

dogpuke 2010-05-09 0 point DOS version

This is hands down my FAVORITE game!

GROWLBUGZ 2009-07-21 0 point DOS version

JUST TO SAY THANK YOU!

Michaeolinius 2008-10-30 0 point DOS version

Thank you!!! Your website is fantastic.

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