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by Take 2 Interactive
Windows 95 / 98
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • An action adventure horror game set in the 1930s.
  • Hunt zombies, werewolves, and vampires.
  • Visual realism.
  • Investigate 4 locations.
  • Contains strong scenes of animated violence, language, and nudity.

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004TPPD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,330 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Set in the 1930s, Nocturne features gangster action. Visual effect technology creates a world full of terror and suspense. Players assume the role of the Stranger, a secret agent of the Spookhouse Investigation Bureau that President Roosevelt has created to combat supernatural forces plaguing the nation. You will be sent to investigate one of four locations--cemeteries in France, ancient castles in Germany, an evil Texas town or crime-ridden Chicago. Each mission has a unique storyline and cinematography.

Amazon.co.uk Review

You are The Stranger, a mysterious detective who wears sunglasses, a trench coat, and a fedora like a uniform. As a member of The Spookhouse, an agency formed by Theodore Roosevelt to investigate the world's supernatural underground, The Stranger travels across the globe to battle gargoyles, vampires, werewolves, zombies and other horrific beasts.

Nocturne consists of four separate stories, which can be played in any order, each blending adventure and action gaming. At one moment, you may interrogate frightened citizens or use inventory objects to solve puzzles; other times you may need to carefully traverse broken bridges or draw your pistol, Tommy gun or other weapon to gun down ferocious monsters. You view Nocturne's world from a third-person perspective, leaving you at the mercy of the game's awkward camera system--which is a deadly problem during the hectic combat sequences.

Ample use of grey and brown textures, combined with excellent shadows and ambient sound effects, creates a moody--and quite dark--atmosphere. Nocturne's diverse locations look amazingly realistic, and its character and monster models move with detailed fluidity--but the realism requires a hefty gaming machine. Startling music cues and plentiful dark areas provide genuine scares; Nocturne keeps you up well into the night and looking over your shoulder at every turn. --Doug Radcliffe


  • Four distinct adventures
  • Moody graphics enhance the horror atmosphere
  • Generates genuine scares, especially when played at night
  • Solid blend of adventure and action
  • Steep system requirements
  • Poor camera system hinders combat sequences

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool game for dark nights!!! 5 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Nocturne's dark atmosphere cannot be described in words! You have to experience it! For example, you walk through a graveyard and you can hear the screams of the next vampire which awaits you after the next corner! BREATHTAKING! The cool main-actor called Stranger does the rest: he's smart, cold as ice and nothing, really nothing, can take his concentration! I enjoyed playing Nocturne because of the incredible deep atmosphere and the horror-theme! It's a good alternative to the Resident Evil series which are "just" ports from the PlayStation! But Nocturne is made for PCs and you feel it (Graphic enhancements, more complex dialogues...)! Sadly, the controls are a little bit unexact and gives the gameplay an unnecessary skill(sometimes you have to play an act more then ones because either you cannot aim the target exactly or you just jumped into a pit!). But as a final overview, the game is really a recommendation for all fans of the 3rd person adventure genre!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated horror gem 24 April 2013
By MattD
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First of, I have to mention how criminally overlooked this game is! There was a fair amount of hype surrounding this game prior to its release, due to its (at the time) cutting edge visuals, but has now fallen into obscurity.

The game is a supernatural horror which see's the player take control of "The Stranger", a brooding demon hunter, who works for the secretive organisation known as "spookhouse". The story is set over 5 acts (including the epilogue) that are based in different locations that loosely connect to each other, more of a series of self-contained stories. I want to avoid going into specifics about the story, but i will say that each has their own fair share of surprises.

The visuals, while obviously dated by today's standards, still hold up well in the visual effects department. Shadows look realistic and most objects in the enviroment casts one, which is impressive considering the game uses pre-rendered locations. The gore effects are detailed, limbs litter the levels and the stranger can use severed limbs as a makeshift weapon if neccesary.

The creatures are your stock horror monsters, .i.e werewolfs, vampires and zombies etc, but they are well designed and animate convincingly, making each battle all the more intense. The combat presented in the game is pretty good, with a wide selection of powerful weapons at your disposal, but targeting enemies can be difficult at times due to some questionable camera angles. However, this isn't a major issue and can be easily overlooked.

Lastly, the best aspect of the package..., "the sound design".
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nocturne is a horror adventure game based in the early century, you play the Stranger, a man with seemingly no emotions or second thoughts, a trained mysterious soldier who joins Spookhouse, a secret government created to protect the world from the monsters that threaten it. This character has a beef with nearly every character you come across and hates monsters with vengeance. Now that's the kind of character I want to play. The game is very dark with no humour or light action throughout. In fact the game is so grim it resembles closely classic horror films like Night of the Living Dead, the old Frankenstein movies and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The game is split up into 4 individual stories all with a very H.P Lovecraft feel which can be played in any order (although I recommend in the order that their presented in). The next chapter is a few years after the previous one and makes references to the previous ones. Each chapter is like a mission and they are all very different from each other. For example one is based in Germany where you make your way through a village, forest and ultimately into a castle. What is held after that is a dark surprise. The second is Texas where you have to fight your way through a train attacked by a remaining threat from the previous chapter and a zombie outbreak in a small isolated town where you have to gather the town's survivors into a chapel. The third is based in Chicago, after receiving a tip from a mobster who has decided to help Spookhouse and provide inside information about Al Capone who is stitching men and reanimating them back to life, you enter the Chicago streets and dig in deeper to the dark underbelly of the horror.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky and hopeless 15 July 2012
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Just be warned to anyone going to buy this. It won't launch on XP in its original form, it's probably fussy about video (NVIDIA) or sound cards. There's a patch which stops it crashing, but you still need to run in compatible mode for 98.

Having installed and run, I have to say the game is then an unplayable piece of junk. I immediately uninstalled it. Horrible flashing graphics, figures that flash on and off and a ludicrous amount of game controls to configure. Who needs it? A game for the last century, and one that can stay there. Games like Quake and Doom manage to be slick and brilliant, graphically and technically perfect long before this, so why do other companies have such difficulty following suit?
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