Waxworks PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Waxworks by Horrorsoft and Adventure Soft.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from our friends at GOG for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Waxworks is a classic adventure/dungeon crawler game that originally released in 1992. The game follows the 5th reincarnation of a man who sets out to aid his uncle in freeing his family from a witches curse.
The majority of the game takes place in various worlds created using wax scenes in the waxworks. The waxworks is home to 4 different locations, each with their own unique themes and areas to explore. These areas include The Pyramid, Victorian Era London, The Mines, and The Graveyard.
The Pyramid is based on ancient Egypt and takes place within the corridors of a pyramid. This area is the largest area by far and descends 6 floors. The main objective in this area is to save a princess from being sacrificed.
This area is the only one with trip wire traps that are barely visible. These will result in a pretty brutal death scene and ultimately a game over. The area is also filled with guards and some mini-bosses that you’ll need to take down. Guards carry a few different weapons including spears, swords and daggers.
There are also a wide variety of different puzzles that you’ll encounter throughout each level of this “dungeon”. Some do require trial and error to figure out and some are even timed. I recommend saving often in this game.
The Victorian Era London level takes place during the time of Jack the Ripper who happens to be the main character’s evil brother. Your main objective in this level is to take down Jack the Ripper all while avoiding bobbies and an angry mob (Who are also after Jack the Ripper).
Compared to The Pyramid, this level is pretty short. It mostly consists of sneaking around, looking for clues as to where Jack the Ripper is. If you encounter one of the bobbies you’ll be killed on sight which leads to another gruesome death and game over. This area may not be the longest but it’s definitely the hardest. It’s also worth mentioning that you can’t fight in this world until you reach the final showdown with Jack the Ripper.
The Mines area takes you to an underground mine shaft where the main character’s second evil brother has become a Cthulhu-esque mutated plant creature. The main objective here is to rescue survivors and ultimately destroy the mines using a detonator. You must do this while avoiding the many plant-men and plant based traps.
The enemies in this area are the hardest that you’ll encounter in the game. Your only weapons here are your basic mining tools such as screwwdrivers and pick axes. The area is also filled with plant based traps that can only be destroyed with weed killer or fuel. The weed killer is the strongest weapon in this area but it’s uses are limited to 12 so you’ll need to use it sparingly. There is a special area where you can refill the weed killer but you’ll have to find it first.
Finally, The Graveyard is the easiest level in the area and revolves around fighting your way through zombies in order to free the souls of your previous reincarnations. The main objective here to ultimately to destroy your final evil brother who happens to be a powerful necromancer.
The enemies in this area are also the easiest that you’ll encounter. You can easily lop off their limbs and finish them off by cutting off their head. Zombies are also the only enemy type that you’ll encounter besides a vampire and your evil brother. Both of them die incredibly easily and without much of a fight so this area was a little disappointing compared to the others. There’s also no traps to encounter so it’s a breeze to get through.
Exploring each level in full is highly recommended in this game. You gain experience points by wandering around and you’ll level up every time you gain enough XP. Levels and items reset every time you return to the waxworks upon level completion so pick up everything possible in case you’ll need it later.
Combat in Waxworks is a bit on the basic side and the amount of damage and how often you hit the enemy depends on your current level. Some area’s start off really challenging because of this because you’ll frequently miss the target which can ultimately lead to your gruesome death. Each area has a healing item that the MC’s uncle can use to heal you but these are one time use items and it’s a good idea to save them until you absolutely need them. You’ll also need to find the items first.
Overall, Waxworks was a pretty challenging game but it featured some pretty varied levels. It’s story took a bit of a back seat to the gameplay, I still found it pretty entertaining. I should mention that the game has some pretty brutal death scenes and despite the game’s age, they’re quite graphic. So, that’s definitely something to consider before purchasing. I’ll also admit that the game is quite archaic as well but it came out in 1992 so that’s to be expected. If you’re a fan of dungeon crawler’s or even point and click adventure games, Waxworks is a pretty decent one and I recommend giving it a shot.
I will admit that even though I recommend the game, there are a lot of negatives in playing the game. First and foremost is that it’s archaic in design. It also gets boring incredibly easily since you’re just wandering around the halls in a rather linear fashion. The soundtrack is downright annoying and it honestly didn’t hold my attention for very long each time I played it. So these are things that are definitely worth considering before purchasing.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Features of Interest
- Decent Story But It Takes A Back Seat to the Gameplay
- Pretty Entertaining For A While
- Gameplay is Decent Enough
- The Game Is Pretty Archaic
- It Gets Boring Pretty Quickly In Truth
- It Didn't Hold My Interest Very Long In Truth
- It's Soundtrack Is Incredibly Annoying