The earliest FMV games were played on your VCR, unearthed from the deepest, darkest blagole in the Netherworld. This Halloween, the Spoony One experiences his worst Nightmare!
YES! I played this game at my friend’s house all the time as a kid, used to scare the hell out of me.
So good things DO come out of staying up until two in the morning doing homework.
I had to pause the review when the Gate Keeper skronked. I couldn’t breathe I was laughing so hard.
awww I awaited the boardgames since you hinted at them a year ago and now I cant watch them coz i gotta got to work! life sucks ;(
YES. I played this at my friend’s house all the time when I was young.
my god this would be an easy video to riff on. Great review, although Lee from Still Gaming was a bit random, but hey I’m not one to complain.
Probably your best review to date.
Do I even need to say anything?
This was possibly the best episode of TSE ever, but I just know you’re going to top it soon.
I fucking LOL’d at “Clown Porn”.
I banish you to da BLACK HOWLE.
Woohoo, a new one! Keep on Rockin’ *gg*
Excellent Invader Zim reference.
Oh my god! Spoony that was freakin HILARIOUS! Definitely one of your best review! I also liked the room you did it in. I think it suits a perfect place to rant your balls off! Good job!
Awesome video man
omg i played this soooo long ago i forgot its name when i saw the gate keeper it all came back. this review was hilariose btw *SKRONK*
“You think you can take me? Go ‘head on!”
Excellent Joe Don Baker reference from Final Justice!
I didn’t know Lee was a fan of MST3K! Love it!
Great job you really give these reviews your all.
I lost it at the Gate Cleaner part of the video, Pure gold!
Clever use of John Berry’s theme for “The Black Hole”.
(Not Holst, but an amazing simulation!)
good job spoony i loved this review ill help you out of that black hole if i can lol
Awesome Spoony! It’s good to have you back on these more elaborate videos!
Keep it up and stay healthy, for I am spreading the Spoony word here in Brazil!
I seriously loved that review.
One of my favorites, for sure. I think this one and FF8 Part 8 are pretty much masterpieces.
Ah, that was great.
Although I don’t know if I’m relieved or disappointed that you were the Gate Cleaner instead of the Key Master
ah well, fuck it, it was still fucking awesome seeing you play a moody frenchman
Oh, Spoony! I’m so glad you were feeling well enough to post! I’ve been looking forward to this since you announced it =3
And as always, fantastic work. <3
HELL YEA!! New Spoony review. I can’t sleep tonight so this is awesome.
Great, though was I the only one expeting/ hoping to see a copy of FFX somewere in there?
Hilarious impression. I can’t fathom how anyone intended this game to be scary. Scary bad maybe…
Wow, this is the best review I’ve seen from you in a long time.
Can’t wait to see what’s coming up!
this is a great review
you make a fantastic gatecleaner btw
I missed the Ghostbusters-reference there – well, maybe that would have been TOO obvious ^^
But I seriously had to laught for about 3 minutes when you said: “Did you just SKRONK on me?” because I was thinking the exact same thing ^^
@16: Don’t get it – can you enlighten me with a clip or an explanation? Please, I hate it to miss a spoony-reference (if only the MST3K-DVDs wouldn’t be that expensive to import to germany… ;( )
Since you mentioned the old VHS FMV games, I just remembered that when I was very young, I had something called an “Interactivision” that used VHS tapes. I only remember one game. It featured the muppets, and I thought it was the most bitchingestly awesome thing ever.
If I ever get a hold of one plus a couple of its games again I wonder if you’d review some of the games if I sent them to you, hehe.
Only problem with the console was that the joystick was ON THE CONSOLE ITSELF and I kept breaking the joystick off. I think my parents replaced the console at least 5 times for me.
Marvellous! You just keep raising the bar, I’d hate to be any sort of reviewer on the internet with you around. Nobody even comes close.
That was beautiful. Thanks for the laughs and the great review. I can’t wait for more.
Lol clown porn, nice to see that you feel better and this review reminded me of this board game my brother had. It was this sort mouse trap type of game, with a spooky theme, skeletons, spiders and the like, which had different pieces from which you could make a chain reaction, like dominoes, and other plastic parts. Not sure if it had any objective, or it was just the whole gimmick of creating the chain reaction. I should look it up and with a little luck find it.
Who would have guessed your worst fear was Final Fantasy 8? lol
Freakin’ awesome review Spoony! Favorite part was probably FFVIII as one of the worst nightmares XD
Looking forward to Pumpkinhead ^.^
Great review Spoony! Although I didn’t play a lot of FMV board games, I did play the ST:TNG board game and it was awful. Glad to see you and Lee. Man, Lee has been over the place. Anyway, great review and hope to see you review more of these games. Hopefully, I can see you, Dr. Insano, Spencer and maybe a few others play the board game as you review.
That was hilarious. I loved all the MST3K and Invader Zim references.
“Go ‘head on. It’s your move.”
“You’re stuck here!”
Both of these references caused me to laugh for like ten minutes straight.
I even vaguely remember playing this thing at a friends house. The only thing that is really clear in my mind? How the Gatekeeper pronounced “Black Hole.” Blaghoe!
O man. The frenchish accent of the Gatekeeper absolutely slays me. Kinda reminds me of one of my uncles…
I totally forgot about this game until this review, but now I remember the commercials. Consequently, my friends and I always got too bored/distracted to ever finish it in a sitting.
you have great ideas , spooony ^^
very funny :D
I could tell spoony was trying hard not to laugh doing that impersonation of the gatekeeper at the end. The Black OLLL haha
Great stuff Spoony! Could tell you were having a lot of fun with this one.
Great stuff man. Always a treat to see new stuff up on the site. Sound slike more is coming and I’m looking forward to that too. Looks like you’re feeling a bit better, and this review was a good one. Keep it up!
Loved it! awesome.
Lol, I played Atmosfear a while back… that one has an even crappier Gatekeeper (also remember it was on DVD instead of VHS).
Great vid… 3 MST references and two even coming from Lee! “Go ahead on!” :)
Fantastic! I remember playing Atmosphere with my sisters. Great review Spoony!
OH, and you mentioned Ravenloft a while back in your twitter…any chance of seeing a Ravenloft review, with books you’re reading, recommendations, etc? Also curious about your favorite gaming genre novels (forgotten realms, dragonlance, etc.)…
This is probably your best single video review yet, good work spoony.
This is the greatest review you’ve done to date! I couldn’t stop laughing during the gatekeeper segments. What accent is he supposed to have, anyway? XD
that was so funny! And what really got me at the end was that at first i was like, who the hell is playing the gatecleaner? i had never heard of this game before and i’m so glad i never had to. good luck on getting out of the blagole, and good job at looking healthy.
there was an awesome star wars VCR boardgame where darth vader was your dungen master. none of the BLAG HOWLE buisness, you got the lord of the sith baby! plus as the player you got to blow up the second death star which is always awesome
People aren’t gonna like this, but I didn’t really care for this video. Can’t wait for Pumpkin Head though.
I lol’d hard at the end
“Wait a minute, clean the black hole?! That’s not fair!” *POOF*
spoony, I have never disliked anything you have done, but this is pure win. Absolute genius; thank you so much for what you do. I click on adverts daily to support, I hope everyone does the same so this can continue. Thank you so much for the effort :)
If that’s the Gatekeeper, where’s the Keymaster?
Ah, I remember renting this from a video rental shop, playing it once, and then all six of us that played it would just find any excuse we could to parrot the gatekeeper’s lines.
And you even managed to get my favorite line put in the video. I’m really biased thanks to actually playing it way back when, but this is one of my favorite Spoony videos.
Holy shit! I have that tim curry game! Dude, I hope you review that someday, its the only 90s FMV game I have
Love the Clones of Bruce Lee poster you got there
This was so awesome. I had completely forgotten this game existed until you just brought it up. I love the amazingly well crafted argument you managed to have with an almost 2 decade old recording that pronounced it “blaggowle” …which…kinda sounds dirty and i can’t believe Lee said “go head on”
HAHAHAHAHA…YOU’RE STUCK HERE! awesome.
Damn, the Gatekeeper is like a cross between the Cryptkeeper from the ’72 Tales from the Crypt movie and Sargent Hartman from Full Metal Jacket!
Damn, this game is sadistic Spoony by all the messed up rules in this game. I can’t believe you survived this horror!
I used to own this game, well Atmosphere or w/e I got it at a garage sale and never got to play it, but I remember it being very complicated, but same basic premise, except there were these riders or some such, looked badass Had a mummy, some demonic dolls, ya’know, for kids!
This was a great review, I’d like to see more of this and less of your movie reviews (the ones that involve current boxoffice). Maybe it’s time to step back and look at your earlier stuff as to not forget why your fans joined you in the first place.
Looking forward to the next one!
Welcome back spoony, been waiting for another game review for awhile.
Seems like a pretty sadistic game… masochism is in your favor Spoony One.
Keey up the good fight against games we wish we never heard of.
whats the evil sounding music used when the gatecleaner is on screen?
I’ve actually played through Atmosfear (third from the bottom of your stack) once during a party, and I totally agree that the game is far better for a laugh than it is for the scare value. Although I will say that the gatekeeper’s makeup and overall appearance got a lot better from this one to the one I played. Also, it was a DVD, which allowed it to mix things up. Still not something I’d play again unless I could find some new friends to have a laugh with. Awesome review, and hope you don’t take too long cleaning the Black ‘ole.
Also awesome choice with the Super Castlevania music.
Loved it Spoony! Can’t wait for the next one. Good to have you back man!
Great review. Horrible game.
I wouldn’t mind seeing the “Gate Cleaner” in other reviews in the future, like just randomly popping up and yelling “STOP!”, or something of that nature.
These reviews are getting really good. The quality was beyond expectation.
I don’t know if this has been mentioned but have you ever heard of a game called FoxHunt by Capcom? It was weird but when I was younger I liked it. The acting wasn’t that bad… well, not always.
When ever will Spoony have time to review all those sequels? It’ll take more than a year for sure. Unless it’s a “All sequels in one” review.
Spoony, this be one of your best reviews since the Warrior and Knightmare.
Wow, I had no idea shit like this existed.
I grew up in the late 80′s and 90′s and don’t remember this shit at all.
Holy crap, I don’t want to think about how much all of this shitty board games must have set you back.
Another top-grade review, Spoony. We love you and hope you’ll never go away!
Awesome review! I can see that you’ve boosted the quality of your reviews yet again. Great cameo by Lee from Still Gaming!
btw…I’mma let you finish, but Tex Murphy Overseer was one of the best FMV games of all time!
Awesome review as always, Spoony!
By the way, when you were mentioning that as far as Internet critics go, you think you’re pretty good? Yes, you really are one of the best, and I think you fully deserve being able to say so. As soon as I saw “FMV Hell”, I immediately smiled because I knew that meant I was in for a fun ride.
Great review Spoony, that’s probably the most I have laughed in 15 minutes of video in a long time. I never played any FMV board games growing up but I have played a few on the computer and to me they’re annoying at best. As always keep the great vids coming. I mean that is why your here isn’t it? To keep us happy?
Hell yes, Spoony! One of your best reviews ever! “Final fantasy 8″, “Clown porn” lol! I also liked the way you filmed this. This was very well scripted review I must say.
The game sure looks fun. Except the gatekeeper… just wow. Too bad there isn’t stuff like that in Finland..
Keep on making these board game reviews! They fucking rock! This is an instant classic
awesome work, oh spoony one. I remember seeing the TV adverts for this game and being scared of them. Nice work. Hope you survive the sequels :)
Man, Spoony is really in love with the Evil Dead 3 soundtrack. He’s used that song in everything slightly related to something Medieval in every video haha. I don’t blame him, it is really awesome.
BTW, I find it very coincidental that last night was the first time I watched your Knightmare review and as I wait patiently and find that your next review is on a board game called Nightmare, I’m in the best mood ever. Sally forth, Spoonsworth.
Looking forward to that Pumpkinhead video.
Good costume and lighting at the end. Well done, sir.
Wow. This video is an interesting look into the mind of The Spoony One. The Gate-Keeper makes a good psychiatrist.
While this is probably against some rule, I really can’t be bothered to see if this has been brought up in an ealier comment, but…
ENTER NITPICKING MODE
You didn’t credit C&C 3 despite using a few secounds of video from it. (Yes, Command and Conquer and Red Alert 3 are diffrent games, and Spoony, may he live forever, used fotage from both)
LEAVE NITPICKING MODE
That you for another awesome piece of work, though. *bows respectfully*
Looks nice man glad to see you doing even better.
Good morning Spooners,
Does anybody know when the first time was that Spoony explained where his name came from? Because I’ve been watching his videos forever, and this is the FIRST TIME I’ve heard the explanation.
Anyway, excellent review. I remember this game. Though I hope Spoony DOESN’T complete the series just so we can see his “punishment”.
Wow, sucks to be a yank when this game came out.
Atmosphere is a totally superior game compared to this version, and better actor too, kinda looks like emperor palpatine after he went all wrinkly.
My two favorite moments:
THE FAAAAAAACE. Seriously, I was laughing for ten minutes, out loud, at six in the morning.
This has to be one of the best special effects done to date. Very effective and unexpected at the same time.
Is it just me or has Lee had a lot of cameos recently?
I know it hasn’t been that long in the grand scheme of things, but it’s great to be hearing “Break Me” at the start of a Spoony Experiment again!
I actually remember playing this game, so I was pretty excited when I saw you were planning on doing this one. Loved the sequences where The Gatekeeper had you evaluating your life, and your impression of the actor at the end was spot on.
I hope you do the sequels too, I can’t wait to see what you make of Baron Samedi… That installment was… Odd…
Good luck cleaning the Black Hole. (Which really sounds like a dirty euphanism.)
Just keep putting the Gatekeeper or the Gate cleaner in your reviews…they’re both very funny!
And another thing…where’s the rest of the Ripper review???
Awesome review! Great imitation of the Gatekeeper at the end (and the mst3k reference).
Not really any cringing running jokes. Good job, Spoony. Good job.
Oh gods, that was hilarious! I’ve still got Atmosfear (that’s always been its title here in the UK) and the first expansion somewhere in my cupboard, and I vividly remember just how sadistic this game got.
This review was full of laugh-out-loud moments. The argument with the Gatekeeper, Lee’s staring contest, and the appearance of the “GateCleaner” at the end were all hilarious, making one of your finest, funniest reviews to date. I hope we get to see further reviews of the sequels and expansions!
sweet. bring on the revenge demon! the game is going to suck but thats my favorite monster so fuck yes!
LOL @ naming all the actory by their actual name and inbetween introducing Thomas Wilson as Biff! XD
The blagole! What an eccentric performance.
Holy shit. That was a dead-on impression of the Gate Keeper there, Spoony! Major props are due for that. xD
Lee is GIR? Who knew?
Excellent review, Spoony. As I put in a comment when you announced reviewing this game, I got hold of a copy from a charity shop for £1.25 (UK-siders, GO TO CHARITY SHOPS! You never know what bargains you’ll find! As well as Atmosfear, I got a Star Wars VHS board game too). A couple of the keys are missing, and 3 of the numbers, but everything else is still there. I, like you, read through some of the cards, and there was one that says while the Old One is rolling its age, the player holding the card has to distract the Old One by asking when they were born and what age they are, which would hold the game up even further. Major props to the GateCleaner at the end, absolutely hilarious and you sounded just like the Gatekeeper.
Well done, spoony.. very polished video. Needs more ranting though, but otherwise good!
Really liked the ‘Ave Satani’ in the background :D
Wow. REALLY liked this review. Great job!
I never heard of VHS games, because I must’ve been living in a blagole!
It’s Lee, nice cameo!
Sounds like the Gate Keeper was helping Spoony express some inner conflict.
Was that a MST3K “The Undead” reference at the very end?
Awesome review, can’t wait for more of ‘em! I used to play this game all the time as a kid XD Was always the bat, I think.
Brilliant stuff as always!
This review was terrible because it reminded me of the existence of Joe Don Baker films. Nah, just kiddin’. Keep up the great work!
“And remember kids: A clean blagole is a fun blagole!”
Great review Spoony! I really enjoyed it.
D-did Lee just pull a Gir on us? *glee*
Cool review, o Spoony one. Love the tangential self-analysis bit. Be sure not to lose yourself in the BLAGOLE!
I had the Sequel “The Harbingers”, I thought it was fun.
But Most of the time I watched the “Instruction Video”, It was awesome.
WOW! That video made me want to go “disco dance, disco dance!”
HA! Really awesome can’t wait for your next review
I think Spoony was using this video as therapy.
Yeah Spoony can do statistic.
ONE KEY CARD
LEE doesn’t blink.
Spoony does a good gatekeeper, must be the years of D&D.
I once had a tape from my grandfather that was a video game, but weirdly it was a shooting game, but he didnt have the gun and didnt know what to use for it. It was wierd.
Loved it! As always ^^
Oooh, and 1 year to do them all! Looking forward for the next 12 months ^^
Nice one Spoony! I remember playing this game with my friends. We couldn’t keep a straight face either. I think the replay value is in the hilarity of you and your friends getting pissed off at a TV.
Oh, and the staring contest? I actually WITNESSED someone go longer than the Gate Keeper. That shit’s insane!
That was pretty awesome! Nice work, especially the interaction with the gatekeeper! I almost laughed my ass off! Your late reviews all have an increasingly good quality regarding their content! Keep it up!
FMV Hell s the greatest show of all time. I’m so glad I could be a part of just one episode. Thanks, Spoony!
Pamela Anderson is ugly and that picture of her covering her huge fake boobs is nasty.
Ah! A trip back into FMV hell… What fun!
AWESOME REVIEW. Lee’s cameo was great. I wonder if Curtis Clone is banished in the blaghole too?
1) Awesome review, Spoony!
2) You are lookin’ GOOD!
Never heard of this game before. The Gatekeeper is just hilarious, looks like he came out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Actually, can you imagine the FMVs made by Monty Python? The game would have been 10 times more fun!
Good review Spoony, I like the Turkish Star Wars review reference on the nightmare cards
Great review, Spoony. Don’t let the Gatekeeper mess with your head. That’s Dr. Insano’s job.
Loved Lee’s cameo, and the GIR reference was made of win.
Beware, Lee’s stare of TERROR! lol
I have a new favorite line from a Spoony review “blag-’ol” (shirt maybe?)
Laughed my ass off at the sheer amount of “sequels” there are to that game. Seriously. WTF….
Can’t wait for more FMV Hell lol
Damn, that was a well placed MST reference at the end. Of course the whole thing was very well done. Do I smell a new recurring character in the Spoony Gatekeeper?
I really hope that that was not sincere self deprecation, and was done for the sake of a joke.
Nice review Spoony! Looking forward to more Halloween reviews.
Oh man, that was hilarious Spoony xD! BLAGOLE!! Bahahaha… Classic, I so wanna play that game now.
Awesome! One of the best reviews you’ve done recently. It was hilarious.
that was awesome!! had my best laugh since phantasmogoria
love you’re work and hope you’ll keep it up. :)
Great job… FUNNY
i really hope for your sake that you dont have to review all those games, and if you do, i really hope most of them were donated.
so glad to see new reviews ^__________^ long live the Spoony One!
He’s right, I only ever played this once at my cousins house back in the mid 90′s.
Noah, you need to do a review on a very out-of-print game (I went out out of print about a decade before I was born) called “Dark Tower” (not to be confused with Stephen King) begin a fellow geek, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but if you haven’t look it up. There’s a lot of funny material you can get from it.
I remember getting Atmosfear for my birthday, but I never got around to playing it.
Oh and by the way Spoony I hope you’re able to clean the Black Hole better than I was. I was down there for three weeks trying to clean the crusty black crap off the walls and floor, and the cleaning supplies they gave me were crap. I mean really, they gave me some Orange Glow and a crappy toothbrush that looked like it had been used Gorgo the Bog monster.
The interaction between Spoony and the Gatekeeper was hilarious. “Did you just Skronk me?” I thought of the Ultimate Warrior when he did that too.
hahaha, loved it. The back and forth between you and the Gatekeeper was awesome. Can’t wait to see more Nightmare/Atmosfear reviews. I actually really like the DVD one, since the format allows for a bit more flexibility in gameplay. I remembered when I was a kid, I would never want to be the youngest playing Nightmare because one point he intentionally singles that player out and scares them. Jerk..
That was one hell of a great review! I loved the dialog-with-the-tape scene, there were some great jokes and obscure references… definitely one of your best works to date. I’m glad to see you’re back in the saddle again and that you have recovered from you recent illnesses.
Great to see you’re back in full force, keep up the good work!
Is the Gatecleaner actually wearing a towel on his head?
I could find you a “#1 Critic” mug if it would make you feel better.
Glad to have you back :)
The guy is getting better all the time. Spoony’s production values have become TV level since he moved to that new house. Unbelievable if you remind yourself its still a one-man operation. Keep that quality going, Mr Antwiler. It will certainly pay off one day.
surprised you didnt say ” I wanted to be a lumberjack”
Fantastic job Spoony.
Great review! I love the gate keeper! But seriously, I like more FMV games than you do, and some don’t need to have good actors to be great FMV games, you were the one that said films don’t have to be good to be awesome, right?
Nice This has been my favourite spoony review for a VERY long time+ Alice coopaaa yay
good to see you back in the saddle man.
lookin’ forward to my Halloween this year!
jeez, these production values keep going up and up
very nice work
Yays! I wanted you to review Nightmare back when I the saw the Dragon Strike video. It’s so cool that your reviewing each game
P.S. When we played it any part that said roll until you get a number, the person just kept rolling over and over till they got the number. Also 2 half keys made one key. Oh and the cards that said “if your name is X and your number is X” we ignored the number. Also we never screamed in the other persons ear, just screamed… my poor parents… oh well. Game fixed!..sorta
God, that was great! The awesome has only just begun though! Can’t wait for that review of the Pumpkinhead game. Seriously, Pumpkinhead is pretty badass. The sequels make me want to puke though. I wish you would soul punch a huge hole into those but oh well. ^^ Early Happy Halloween Spoony!
This felt straight forward and sweet! Great use of the material and the conversation with the Gatekeeper was extra funny due to that you threw small facts about yourself in there – Nice touch! :-)
But I do wonder what will happen if you don’t make it to review every game in the series over a year :P
Ah yes, I remember those games. Used to go to a mate’s house to play them all the time. The second game was Baron Samedi who tells you to shout “YO BARON, I CAN DIG IT!” every time he asks. The third is a witch and the one after that was the vampire. Then they moved onto the Harbingers.
Still, it was some pretty good times we had.
nice space channel 5 music.
“Entering the world of Pumpkinhead”
Oh God! Not the Pumpkinhead game. The last thing we need is another FMV guy calling himself the gatekeeper and annoying the hell out of us.
So I don’t want to make this weird or anything, but, uh…the hair looks good, Spoony.
And good review, as usual. Glad you’re back.
You have to love all the gimmicks people tried making with board games back in the day.
Loved the whole talk with the gate keeper, awesome stuff….
Nice review Spoony, I use to own Nightmare when I was a kid, and only played it once with two other friends. It was ok but we never had any reason to play it again, in fact we never even finish the tape the first time around. I didn’t know there other later versions of the game, I guess it was kind of popular.
Great use of the Gatekeeper, it’s like seeing an old friend from your childhood again….a crazy friend who yelled at you a lot, threw you into the blackhole all the time, and ate your Cheetos.
I just about pissed myself laughing when the gatekeeper SKRONKed!
Speaking of staring:
Skronking is the key to appearing menacing.
good to have you back.
hey, is anyone else having this problem: I get to about 8:26 in the review when it suddenly cuts out and goes to the “if you enjoyed this…” screen, which flickers back and forth. What in the bloody blue blazes is going on, and is it my fault?
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the ’76 version of Ave Satani at the end. Great review as always, Spoony
I used to have this, when I still was a child i had nightmares about the gatekeeper.
With a character named the Gatekeeper this seemed ripe for a Ghostbusters reference.
If Spoony doesn’t finish reviewing all of those games before the year is up, what will be his punishment?
Having to review the rest of the Warrior comics?
Spending the rest of eternity with the people on this site dropping flash bangs at his feet while saying “you’re in my way, sir”?
Or is it….
REVIEWING FINAL FANTASY X? *lightning flashes and thunder booms*
Woo! A new review finally!
That was awesome Spoony. Are you seriously going to review every single one of those sequels? O_O That seems a bit much to do, even in a year…and I’d rather just see you finish Lets Playing SWAT 4 anyway, especially since you have Gold Edition and I’d like to see the additional levels.
Holy crap! Space Channel 5!
WAIT! The card deck is the Keymaster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course!
Glad to see you’re feeling better Spoony! Awesome review too.
Forgot that there was Command and conquer 3 clip in that also spoony lol
man thinking bout black hole reminds me of that music video u posted earlier
To 83/Kevin Holsinger – He’s not mentioned it in any of his videos, but it has been mentioned in the FAQ (I didn’t see anyone else answer this, but apologies if someone bet me to it).
Without a doubt one of your best reviews EVER, though I do find each review seems to improve on the last, and this one was no different. I loved the battle/dialogue between Spoony and the Gatekeeper, Lee’s cameo, the revision to the intro (especally the clip from the Alone in the Dark review) and the Gatecleaner (I agree with others who thinks he should appear from time to time)! Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Awesome review Spoony, the best one you have done in a while!
Awesome review…but another crossover?…really?…that’s why I so want to appear in some form in one of your videos (even though I don’t have a proper handheld camera nor am I a TGWTG person)
Epic, review was epic. No one can beat Lee in staring contest. D:
ya know, Spoony my personal favorite FMV game was always The Beast Within (Gabriel Knight sequel). Though the actors werent all that great and the guy playing Gabriel didn’t have nuthin on Tim Curry, i still thought it was pretty good. And even though it was more of an investigative thing than a scary story, it did at least have a couple of scary moments. The hunt for the werewolf in the dark forest always gave me the heebie jeebies
The way to defeat Full Motive Video, Stop Motion Video. All Hail Lee.
lol yeah you shoulda made a ghost busters joke!
great review by the way
Theme of Simon from Super Castlevania IV FTW!!
Awesome video spoony!
Heh, pretty amusing.
I wonder if he’ll combine several of those games into one video, since 15 minutes talking about a board game might be too much, but we’ll see.
Hahahahaha… You’re stuck here!
I loved the nightmares Spoony picked, “Final Fantasy 8″ and “Clown Porn” XD
The Blue Pages!
“Don’t blink, maggot!” Well, at least the weeping stone angels from Doctor Who don’t come into play. XD
Great video, and happy early Halloween! Can’t wait to see more.
Damn, I loved this game. It’s even better with copious amounts of alcohol!
I liked the review. It was short, but funny.
I did not like Lee’s cameo. While I like Still Gaming, I do not enjoy seeing Lee interupt other reviewers. It just does not work for me. I have enjoyed your other crossovers, but this is pushing it. There are a ton of crossover reviews on TGWTG and it’s starting to wear thin. (If you do a crossover with Matthew Buck of Film Brain, I think the part of me that likes you will die.)
You failed to answer my one burning question. How do you make an interactive game with a VHS tape? They do not have tracks like a CD, so it could not have been like T.R.A.X. How did it work? This really detracts from the review. It was funny, but the review is incomplete.
The conversation with the Gatekeeper was hilarious. I thought it was so funny. It seemed like he was responding to you. Good job.
I liked the Gatecleaner, but don’t use him too much. That character will get old fast. In fact, maybe he should only return in reviews of other Atmosfear games.
Overall, this was a good review, with what I see as some flaws.
Yeah I can’t really say I cared much for Lee. It took away from my Spoony time.
Oh god that sounded dirty.
DAMMIT ALL TO HELL.
I made the tragic mistake of watching this review while I was eating dinner. When the gatekeeper first ejaculated himself into your review I laughed so hard that turkey and Mountain Dew shot out of my nose. YEAH THANKS SPOONY, WOULD YOU CLEAN MY MONITOR FOR ME?
Seriously though great review. Also loved Lee’s guest appearance and Gir reference.
Witty and well planned. good job Spoony!
You know, I was so hoping for a “I am the keymaster!” joke in reference to the “Gatekeeper”.
Excellent review Spoony. Nice banter with the Gatekeeper, nice way to squeeze in your origin story, and lastly, great segway into your new sorta-story arc, looking forward too seeing what awaits in the depths of FMV Hell.
Awesomely well made, feels so professional and time consuming. You as the gatekeeper at the end was beautifully well lit great stuff. cheers!
You know, that clip from Red Alert 3, looks an awful lot like Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars. I haven’t played Red Alert 3, but unless they kept both Billy Dee Williams and that other guy, and didn’t change the set or costumes at all, I think you may be mistaken, and that clip was from Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars.
Wow this takes me back, I remember playing Atmosfear -The Harbingers as a kid. Needless to say the novelty of playing a board game with a video wore off extremely quickly. I remember the gatekeeper looked pretty cool though, nothing like the joker from this game.
Okay, we have the Gatekeeper. Now where’s the Keymaster?
Also, we now know Palpatine’s day job.
I’m wondering what all role-playing games you’ve got on your shelf; I can make out the old Hogshead Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play and a couple of Deadlands: Classic books, the newest version of Warhammer Fantasy Role-play and a lot of AD&D books. Just wondering.
This review is really a step up in quality from all ends of the Morning Star.
so i noticed a lot of d&d books how long have you been playing. I just started playing when 4th edition came out, i am a 4th level elf ranger.
Wow! That gate keeper is doing a really bad Terry Gilliam impression. What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?
Video aside, this game is actually really underproduced. It looked really cool in the ads, but now that I’ve actually gotten a good look at it it’s just a blank gray slate of a board. There should be skulls and gnarled trees and bats and goblins and stuff all over that board, but all I see are rocks.
Yeah, rocks are real scary.
So, I guess you’re supposed to beat the gatekeeper in an hour? This is sort of a really long, boring version of The Omega Virus, then. Man, and I thought it looked so cool as a kid.
Remember Doommaster1994? I think Spoony should have made him the Gate Cleaner. That would have been entertaining.
My English Professor in college was in an FMV game called Darkside of the Moon, I believe. OMG, I never embarrassed him by bringing it up though.
FUCK YEAH FMV HELL!!!
Nice to be going back to this, spoony’s review of the bad FMV games is what got me hooked in the first place.
All I can say is that is an awesome Turkish Clones of Bruce Lee poster in the background there.
Man, everyone with a “Gate-something” job is an asshole. Don’t eat the pumpkins in the Blagole, or you’ll get pumpkin-fever. Then you won’t leave the Blagole AT ALL!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
that was really good spoony.
red alert 3 is awsome
C&C has some of the few good FMVs in history
Hooray! Very nice exchange with the Gate Keeper- and Great “Gate Cleaner”- the faux French accent is pretty cool.
Looking forward to your reviews, dude- keep ‘em coming.
Was Computer Science a bad idea because you can’t find work, or do you just dislike it?
Yes, please give us more FMV hell! I think those old reviews were some of your best especially the Mighty Morphine Power Rangers. No matter how many drugs they were on, you were spot on in that review. Something good always comes of your reviews. Keep up the good work, because good people are always watching. :-)
wait so you got your name from final fantasy 2or 4 which ever it goes by now?
If your looking for a good FMV game, try Realms of the Haunting. It’s controll scheme is very old school but otherwise it’s an awsome game witch has ages considerabley well.
Grate review, I loved how you interspliced the Gate Keeper with your own conversation and then did an awsome impression afterwoods.
Bravo on the “stinger”!
I actually liked nightmare a lot at the time I played it the first time (some 12 years ago). Now I was playing the Dutch version with a different actor, who was at least acting better, but I’ve played the main game and first expansion a few times and never got bored with it.
Anyway, I still liked the review, I always love to hear Spoony making fun of things I like (FF8 anyone?). Keep up the good work.
Also, that must have been a stroke of pure genius using the soundtrack from Castlevania IV in the background :)
As great as it was to see knightmare in one of your reviews again I have to say I loved the Last Starfighter references. Every time I think I’m the only person to remember that film someone else mentions it, it must have been a lot more popular than I thought. Even though it still can’t get a Pal release over here.
As board games go this looks overly complex and as if too much of the effort went into scripting the video. Your right that there is practically no replay value in a game like this, unless you know the video backwards and cheat. I also think that confining the players to a video time limit doesn’t help. Several games, especially the longer ones, let you stop, record everything and then come back after a couple of days. This keeps the game fresh as doesn’t chain you to any time limit.
You can’t call sequels replay value, unless you have to carry charicters and equipment from one to the next. In which case they are expansions and practically worthless unless you get them all.
In summation great review of a game that encapsulates EVERYTHING that is wrong with 80s and 90s board gaming.
Awesome again Spoony, Greatest reviewer ever! Cant wait for more!
16 shite games in a year along with the rest of your projects? good luck with this one spoony!
Yipee! More FMV Hell to look forward to. I wonder if you’ll top Phantasmagoria…
Oh, and I hope you’re feeling better. Being sick always seems to suck.
I guess the creators of this game didn’t like Rick Moranis in “Ghostbusters” because they certainly didn’t like the Keymaster. What is the point of having a sack of 50 key cards with only one opposite side in the bunch. I am wondering when Nightmare: Klingon Edition comes out. If that “Gatekeeper” is not a model for the Klingon played by Robert O’Reilly (better known as Gowron), then this Q continuum needs to end. Which brings up an interesting question: are they following an “Idiots Guide to Making Interactive Boardgames”? What’s next “Heros Interactive Board Game” or better yet a “My Name is Earl Interactive Board Gamet” where Jaime Pressly calls you a dummy and tells you that you have have been locked in a trailer again. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Loved it^^ The conversation you had with the Gate keeper was just awesome XD I just loved the timing and it sounded very real.
Great job, Spoony!
Is that the Turkish poster of “Clones of Bruce Lee” in the back? “3 Altın Adam” translates to “3 Golden Men”, perhaps a reference to “3 Dev Adam”? C’mon Spoony, when do you plan to review it?
Oh and…. Blakhhhhh hooollllllll….
Thanks for that. I didn’t even know there WAS an FAQ. So much for my observation skills.
Simply the best review you have done,Spoony.
Someone nominate Spoony for Mashable’s 2009 Open Web Awards.I already nominated Nostalgia Critic,and I can only nominate once per category,so please nominate Spoony if you have the time.
sounds like he is saying the black hoe, and in that case i understand your fear spoony, who would want to clean out a hoe?
Yeah! Gatecleaner is 1000 times better than Gatekeeper. Noah, you are made of pure WIN!
I dunno, the blagole seems like a nice place to visit.
I love your argument with the gate keeper that was fucking hilarious.
“Is that enough replay value maggot?” Hilarious. Great serie coming up.
The “Naicth” in a Spoony Video? awesome. Plus some great editing with the VHS tape. Makes the “geate KEEPAA” look decent.
“Don’t blame me, Spoony. Blame yourself or God! And ME! THE GATEKEEPER!”
Hot damn I love FMV Hell.
A FMV game that was actually really, really good is Klingon Academy. It serves as somewhat of a prologue for Star Trek VI, and has many of the Klingons featured in that film, including Christopher Plummer and David Warner. Maybe I’ll try to dig it up when I’m at my parents.
I wanted Nightmare so badly when I was younger, I seriously though it was based on the BBC show reviewed earlier. Nope, so thank god I didn’t get it.
Subtle Mousetrap reference to!
That… was… BRILLIANT!!!!
That is some awesome shit XD.
Glad to see you back in FMV hell.
But my God that game looks horrendous. The odds of doing some things are insane.
Hell, I’ve made a better board game in school when I was in fifth grade.
couple of things….
omg writing that one down!
was it me or did the gate keeper sound like the grim reaper from bill and teds bogus journey?
you sank my battleship!
also you said that they changed the name of the game coz of the tv show Knighmare, but the copy write on the card says 1991. Im very sure that the tv show “Knightmare” was long over by then and as a side note it was never shown on the BBC it was shown on the ITV network and was made by Anglia televison.
Love your stuff looking forward to Pumkin head.
HAHA Excellent again Spoony, you just wait till you get Baron Samedi in Nightmare 2, He’s unfucking believable, Yo Baron I can Dig It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok,,,this is tough to admit but as a kid (around 8 or 9 years old) my friend brought this game over to my house to play and it scared the shit out of me. Every time that fucking gatekeeper came on the screen I’d piss myself. I hated the thunder clap that was used to startle people, because it worked so well!! I literally had to stop the game mid-way through, get up and go to my room to escape the noise and even then I was able to hear that damn clap and the gatekeeper yell, ”STOP!” through the wall………. I hated this game….
Kool review Spoons.
I lol’d hard. I always love the MST3k references in your reviews.
“You think you can take me? Go ahead on!”
“HAHAHAHAHAHAHA- You’re stuck here!”
That was absolutely hilarious! Great job :)
also you do an awesome Gate Keeper impression
Oh man Nightmare! I love this game*!
*possibly because my only memories of it are of being srunk at college and playing this game with my other drunk friends during a snowstorm.
Zachary is now imintheshadows
P.S. Spoony means a foolish or silly person.
P.P.S. Why didn’t you appear in The NC review Suburban Commando starring Hulk Hogan as the Ultimate Warrior.
P.P.P.S. Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase and now Family Guy.
P.P.P.P.S. Damn you Lee for killing Phelous.
nice review, even though I hate Lee
This is your best review in a long time. Well done!
I loved this review so much. <3 The Gate Cleaner was really funny because the skronk was a perfect touch as well as the little details like buying his own cleaning supplies and his uncle getting him the job. Just coming out jabbering about the game reviews and Black Hole would have been much flatter. Nice writing!
YES! I immediately got the MST3K reference at the end! Great job Spoony- it’s so good to see you back in tiptop shape tearin bad games new assholes!
It’s going to be at least two weeks before I stop saying “BLAGGOLE” in front of my friends whenever I can.
The GateKeeper kinda pulls off the creepy thing with what seems like children talking with him… but then he snorts?! What the hell?? Didn’t the directors just stop to look at the guy and ask “What the hell was that?”
My review of this episode: Superb!! Cant wait for more. Hey, we even have a time frame!
Seriously spoony, this episode was great, keep up the good work. The Gatekeeper and Gatekeepers Nephew were great… hilarious banter I loved it.
I actually played Atmosphere (German version) many years ago. A friend got it for his birthday and so we went for it. It’s true: The game has no real replay value, but the one time we played it, it was actually fun. Mostly because we tried to make each other mess up our challenges. The staring contest was the most memorable one where we made faces and silly jokes to get the one who had the contest to blink. He made it though…so respect for that.
This being said, the game itself is neither scary nor particular entertaining. It can be a good laugh because of the sabotage attempts of the other players, but it certainly isn’t a recommendable purchase.
So all that remains to say for me is: “yes my Gate Cleaner, keep making Spoony review more of this!”
where did you get the thunder clap sound effect?
it sounds exactly like the thunder in Oregon Trail II!
Oh hell, the theme from The Black Hole is in there and I didn’t hear it. That’s very peculiar.
Also, Super Castlevania…IV. There is no other!
You know….I have to hate you now for 1 reason….You have all the Nightmare/Atmosfear games! :P
Nice shirt though!
(BTW- It’s more fun when you are playing with younger kids >:D)
Dude, I’m laughing SO HARD at your conversation with cloaked guy hahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
One of Spoony’s funniest reviews ever, GREAT stuff.
Gate cleaner was brilliant, just amazing.
I love my Nightmare games. I actually don’t think I ever got bored of them. You just find new people to play them with and see how much fun you’ll have haha.
I loved the review though, Spoony. Top notch stuff!
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster was GOD AWFUL. Tim Curry couldn’t save it, even though he was, as usual, a joy to watch.
Then again, I suppose the same argument could be made for Ripper. Un-fuckin’-believable is right…
This review, though… Wasn’t sure how you were going to review a board game, but holy shit. The conversation with Gatekeeper was amazing. I agree with other people here, this is one of your best, if not your absolute best. The “skit” in this is funny, as most of your skits are, but here also shows how strange this game is. Not something you can always muster, but here, it worked.
And do I smell a sequel? Huh. You ought to do like one video for them all, or something, unless this is going to be a slow year, I doubt you want to review them all seperately…
… why the hell do you own all those shitpiles anyway?
sounds like it would be funny to play if you were in the mood to just have a laugh.
you forgot to mention a scene taken from C&C 3. Mentioned Red Alert 3, but not Tibirum War. Both really awesome games.
Um, I think you gave credit to the wrong person. You thanked Linkara, not Lee. Otherwise, great review.
command and conquer FTW!!!
Nice to see Spoony doing old school reviews again!
i was wondering if spoony or bored james would review this. i loved these games when i was a kid. it was called atmosphere in england though (have no idea why)
Such a great review! I was waiting for someone popular to review this. Thought I’d let you know about some forums for the Nightmare/Atmosfear series you guys might enjoy!
Great review! I love the Atmosfear series and own all the games! Maybe you’ll review 2-4 in one video, Harbingers & Soul Rangers in another, and then the DVD games?
Also, just thought I’d tell you you are missing four games though. You don’t have the Card Game, The Third Dimension, or Booster Tape 1 & 2.
Best part for me was
Spoony: Oh maaan
Great video too.
Close but no cigar on the definition of spoony. You forgot sentimental IE foolishly sentimental/in love
I always thought of Spoony’s name as an admition that he did enjoy these games, but they are objectively terrible when viewed from a distance.
Great stuff, Spoony! BTW, you looked really great in this review! Very clean cut and healthy, which I’m sure is a relief after being sick for so long, huh? I’ve sent a bunch of my buddies to come watch this review for the “Blag-ole” jokes, hahaah!
Hey! The next time you come out with a T-shirt it should be something about the Blagole! I would totally buy one! :D
I own Atmosfear 1, 2, 3 and 4. No one will play it with me.
I guess I know why.
The wing commander Games ricked. Always thought Malcolm Mcdowell would make a good Magneto.
Anyway this review was hillarious. Lee the unbeatable stare champ.
Good god. As soon as you started describing the game, I thought to myself, “I remember playing a game like that with my cousin, way back when.” Then you did you back-and-forth with the gatekeeper and I realized that it was THIS game. Good god, the memories. The horrible, horrible memories.
Woo this made my day! And Alice Cooper was the icing on the cake.
What is that “Disco Dance! Disco Dance!” clip from? Seems familiar.
Also, the dude playing the Gatekeeper almost seemed like he was trying to imitate some of Marlon Brando or Richard Burton’s hammier performances. I actually almost thought that was Brando for a second seeing as how he was doing a lot of weird straight to video crap and other bizarre stuff before he died.
This is an awesome vid, one of the best The Sppony One has ever done imho. The conversation with the Gate Keeper was nicely done – but the punishment by the Gate Cleaner had me rolling on the floor laughing. Looking forward to the Pumpkinhead and the other Atmosfear Reviews !
So you have adverts before your vids now Spoony, i’m conflicted on how to think of this,
It means i have to wait longer to see your awesome vids on one hand, but on the other:
It means our little Arizonian Internet Tycoon is growing up real fast
btw BLACK OLE
I liked the review when it was on the topic of the board game, but much of it seemed just random and simply masturbatory in it’s production value. When I was done watching, I wondered whether I had actually gotten anything out of it other than watching a spliced conversation with a VHS tape. In the end, while I chuckled at parts and always enjoy watching Spoony, the crossover seemed pointless and too advertisey, and all in all felt eerily like a filler review. Which is unfortunate, given your usually high quality stuff.
Love the Invader Zim reference.
The Gate Cleaner is quite possibly one of my favourite Spoony characters, I could almost see him joining Dr. Insano in a “Tales from the Cryptkeeper” type deal. It’s interesting seeing the difference Nightmare had with Atmosfear (in contrast, there was something about Atmosfear that was a little scary to me. Then again, I was a little’un at the time).
BTW, that ad at the beginning is weird. Is it just me, or is the woman wearing a leopardskin bra outside her coat?
i have a gargoyle game that came with the gargoyle movie and it is simmalar to this.
anyway Awesome review spoony! keep em commin!
Could you tone down the crossovers Spoony?
I liked this review when it was on-topic. Skimmed through the conversation with the Gatekeeper when I realized it wasn’t about the game, and skipped the Gate Cleaner at the end. Why so many crossovers now?
This is by far one of your funniest reviews. Keep it up Spoony!
HAHAHA, the Gate Keeper conversation was gold. welcome back Noah!
ahh come on the gate keeper! I hate that fucking game. My older sister bought that at a sale when I was small. We spent fucking hours with that crap with six people. I was so small I didn’t understand the game or how it was played. That box was half talling than me
Spoony, try reviewing Omega Virus, how long can you last before you smash that annoying virus in the face with a hammer?
LOl at gate gate keeper and cleaner
dude you did his accent so well
LOl at final fantasy VIII as your worst nightmare.
Bad review, but the skit was great. Although you may want to lower the amount or size of them to prevent just padding the thing out like that.
Since you just love FMV you should try Reals of the Haunting. It’s one of the best FMVs ever made.
I just noticed that near the end when the Gate Cleaner says “review” he rolls his r
Just had a look around my local charity shops, and I found a copy of Atmosfear II, the Baron Samedi expansion! I had a look at the rules for the game, and instead of having the Gatekeeper telling you to ‘ANSWER ME!!!”, you have the Baron, a zombie. Whenever he comes on the screen and says “THRILL ME!!!”, you have to answer “YO BARON, I CAN DIG IT!” :D
That was an awesome review. Definitely one of your best yet.
HOLY SHIT! I actually had this game. I honestly dont know how I forgot it. I had this along with the Gargoyels FMV board game, which was actually badass. So was the show, which I saw TGWTG review a little while back. They need to bring these back. …maybe.
What is the song that plays when Spoony is explaining the rules of a game? Listen at the part where he expIains the game and you’ll know what i am talking about. Heard in in many of his reviews and it sounds so epic ;P
Wow, this one takes me way back. I used to play this all the time as a kid, as well as the sequel, Harbinger. Good shit getting your hands on it.
I actually played this game last halloween with some friends, couldn’t finish thou ’cause the tape was crap.
Loved the review ^^
were do you get the turkish movie posters?
The movie won’t load for me, why is that? Just an empty white square where hilarity once resided, but no more.
*runs away bawling*
@capntrips: Blip seems to be down.
The “black Hole” :D …love that pronanciation :D
Spoony’s review is funnier, but he got beat to the punch by the Totally Rad Show! They played Nightmare in Episode 133, from October 6, 2009.
Whats so terrfying about clown porn?
The blag ole
great work sponny!
keep it up! you´re awesome!
i though the clue vcr game was bad
This is my favourite game of all freaking time….
AND MY GOD I WANT YOUR SHIRT!
my god, i laughed like a moron with this one, especially the gatekeeper impersonation part
I played this game… Well not the video version I played the DVD one… Atmosphere or whatever it got rid of most of the problems as it was a clever little dvd it knew what characters were playing and randomised when the gate keeper tunned up there was even a whiny speech he gave when you won =P
Still we only played it once.
Da Erkka: Whats so terrfying about clown porn?
You never saw “The Miracle” did you?
Apparently a lot of my friends have this game under the Atmosfear title
if i could find this game i will buy it!!!!! i love this shit hahahahahahhahahahhhhhaaaaaaaaahahahahha!!!!
It was a joke he made in one of his movie text reviews, though off the top of my head I can’t remember which one.
it sounds like the guy is saying Black Hoe
haha i played this when i was 5
I would play board games with you! ^.^ That would be so much fun and D&D is fucking awesome! In fact it makes you even awesomer than before and more adorable ^.~
Nice review, enjoy being in the “blagole” XD
I never really played that game before but I did hear of it and not good news from any of it, but the way you reviewed it just made if effing hilarious. Keep up the good work! Freaking FFVIII, I hate that game, that would be the ultimate torture if you had to sit for hours on end drawing magic in FFVIII as punishment in Nightmare XD.
Me and my mates played this ages ago and one of the guys kept saying “yes my gate keeping” and we made fun by very immature saying “yes my gay keeper”
I have played this game when i was like 5! i am now 14 (15 in jan 2010) and have also played khufu’s casino. atmoshere was just plain boring and khufu’s casino was: Wait for it……. BORING! Guess how many times i played them?? ONCE!! FUCKIN ONCE!! i aggree with you spoony, extreamly boring and replay value is awful!!
Anyone notice that the Gate Keeper changes in apperance as time progresses in the game?
Its like he’s becoming less and less human.
Definition of Spoony:A foolish, simple, or silly person; A foolishly amorous person; Enamored in a silly or sentimental way; Feebly sentimental; gushy
Just wanted to let you know
You know…you’re a nerd…when every time you hear a song, a documentary, or a news report talking about Black Holes, you instantly think of this video. I can’t even listen to the freakin’ radio for more than an hour, without hearing that “Supermassive Black Hole” Muse song…have you ever tried /singing/ the words ‘Black Hole’, in that accent, with a straight face? People in traffic must think I’m daft…
Thank you, Spoony, for making me a nerd. I salute you.
Woah, new comment stuff! Anyhow I love this game so much that I am currently hunting it down as we speak on EBay!
what FMV game did the natureboy show up in ? I MUST PLAY IT
That would be Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
o.o i actually have atmosfear somewhere o.o
After watching this I feel like my childhood was unfilled. Damn I wish I had that boardgame! You can buy the dvd version off of Amazon for $140 used! Yikes. I want the classic one though, the gatekeeper is truly awesome.
Cuntbucket followed immediately by a GIR quote.
That was great! Keep it up!
*squee*I just picked the game up at a thrift store for $4. It's used but in great shape. It looks like it was played once, but it still has everything with it.Now to find some friends to play it with… :)Thanks again for all the entertainment, Spoony!
“You're stuck here” hahaha, fugitive alien ftw. Maybe someday you can be a real man, and not just a wolven gate cleaner.
One of your best reviews. I just loved how you interacted w/ the VHS it just seemed so realistic… its like it fit so well it was almost like you worked w/ that actor that played the gatekeeper.
“You are made of stupid.”
That line made my day :D
I love the Super Castlevania IV music at about 10 minutes. Makes me wanna start up my SNES right now
P.S. I also liked Linkara's contribution to the stinger ^_^
Holy crap, my best friend and I used to put this game on when we were young all the time, we still call each other maggots. Let me tell you,when you are 8…this guy is scary as shit.
why do I keep watching this review?lol
you're just that good, Spoony
creative editing at it's finest
spoony bard was in the original Japanese script bastard, I'm guessing they didn't want Tellah yelling “You bastard!” at Edward.
Oh dear. I bought this game (when it was relabeled 'Atmosfear') for my cousin when we were much younger. I don't know if he ever played it but perhaps it would be better if he didn't…
You must answer “Yes, my Gatekeeper!!”
That was some sweet castlevania music you had there!
I had a nightmare like this once!
I didn't sleep for 7 days.
The on-call doctor at the ER had to sedate me with 800 mg quietiapine and put me in a straightjacket.
DAMN YOU NIGHTMARE!
Spoony.It's July 21st and I have yet to see another review!shall I call the gate cleaner?and is that black hole clean yet?
You like CnC too? Wow.
Did he throw you in Teh Bleahk Hewle.
The last FMV boardgame was “Star Trek: The Naext Generation – the Board Game”. That was always fun to play, I how they re-release that as a DVD version. ^o^
Dude, i loved this game as a kid. I Played it all the time. I thought I was the only person in the world with this shit until i saw your review.
I even remember the lines, ya its sad. As i watch the more it comes back to me… nnooOOO!!!! (after playing it for like the 15th time wed just sit and throw chicken nuggets at the screen.)The best part was getting chicks to play with you on Halloween, with all the lights out, oh yes…
im such a geek…
I got Atmosphere later, and didn't like it quite as much. I remember there were supposed to be more. I think with each of the monsters… Baron Samedi, Elizabeth Bathory, etc… whatever, but i only saw Atmosphere at Toys R Us. I never knew the other games were even made.
Oh and Dragon Strike, “Of Course!”
also Key to the Kingdom, Hero Quest… etc.(just all awesome games that no1 else had when i was little)
you forgot about the gabriel knight games, the 2nd one is fmv and scary as shit
you forgot about the 2nd gabriel knight game, that was fmv and it was scary as hell
edit: sorry for multiple posts, my computer was lagging
I have the DVD version of Atmosphere.It's really quite silly.You can't take it seriously.It gets a bit frantic in the last couple of minutes though…
The people you're playing with usually all agree to cheat.
Or secretly cheat and win. Since we're so high strung and bussy, we typically don't even keep full track of everyone.
Actually makes for some very entertaining gameplay as you can break the rules and everyone else can as well. With or without an agreement to whether we can or cannot cheat (it IS cheating after all).
It was supposed to be “You Swoony bard!”
Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 expansion
Why would anyone play this more than once?
Seeing as how the black hole is the world of pumpkin head, i guess it would suffice to say you finished cleaning it. However that doesn’t mean you won’t get punished if you don’t review the other board games. It’s currently august 13′th, i don’t think you have much time on that one. Fortunately for me my birthday is October 14′th so i guess my present will be to see you get punished for not respecting, THE GATE CLEANER!!!! XD
Holy Crock SpoonyOne, better review those other board games before the year ends! You’re pretty behind on that too xD
I loved your interactions with the Gatekeeper; it’s a great way to illustrate how hilarious he is to look at and listen too. And you face when he skronked xD ahahahahahahaha!
God, for a simple game, this one looks like it takes forever. I mean the time cards and the dice rolls sheesh. I would be like everyone else and cheat for the sake of progressing faster in the game.
i would play this with my friends just to fuck with them!!
So wait. Now that a year has nearly passed and Spoony hasn’t reviewed any of the sequals does that mean he’s banished to the Black ‘Ole again??
thanks too spoony i now use “blagole” as part of my daily vocabulary mostly to describe my room mates mom, or our dog
You know some some years ago on Halloween, my friends and I played a game alot like this. I don’t remember the name, but it had, “The gate keeper,” I don’t remember if there were cards, but it played the same. Damn I wish I could remember the name. Oh well, funny as hell as usual Spoony, thank you.
You’ll have to be punished soon Spoony. Its been almost a year. What yah gonna do?
i bet he’s going to review them all on halloween in one big video
2 weeks till your year is up…
The Spoony one is doomed. Doooomed.
“I’d love to review these games, but I’m seriously ill.” = totally understandable.
“I promised to review these games, but I changed my mind.” = Gatecleaner’s revenge in 5, 4, 3…
Wow what a lame board game. You just can’t use a video type to judge actions in a board game, as it would do the same thing every time. It makes no logical sense. I also don’t get why there are so many cards that do nothing.
Want good board games? I recommend 13 dead end drive. That was good.
Ok so Spoony tells us the origin of his name here. What I don’t know is which FF game he got his name from, he says it’s from a character named Edward in a SNES Final Fantasy being called a “Spoony Bard” but the only game and character I can think of is Edgar in Final Fantasy 3 (which we later found out was actually 6). My question is if anyone knows which game and character he is referring to ? ?
Yeah I just looked it up and I guess it’s Final Fantasy 4 so I was on the wrong track, crap. Looks like I’m gonna need to buy FF Chronicles again
so… it’s been a year… is spoony going to the “blagole” or what?
Well, he spends his days reviewing shitty movies and video games. I’d say he’s been in the “blagole” for quite a while.
I still think the avatar image for this review looks like a close-up of Snape. :D
Yes! Spoony takes us out with Alice Cooper!
Spoony, I’ve only recently started watching your videos more often (2-3 weeks), 1/How you can make playing with dolls so entertaining and awesome? 2/I applaud you for being one of the few people I watch that is actually anywhere near my age. 3/YOU MADE A *@#! STARFIGHTER REFERENCE…NO WAIT, 2!!! I LOVE YOU FOREVER!
Best part of this review for me: the Soundtrack from Disney’s “The Black Hole” as soon as you mention the “blagole”. That not only cracked me up, but also induced flashbacks of my childhood since I had “Black Hole” as audio cassette and would listen to it for years and years. When I finally saw the movie I was a bit underwhelmed, but the Music has carved itself into my brain forever ^^
This game is sooo epic
Will you every actually review all those games?
nope, he won’t
He started to!
And stopped again. But still!
I actually had this game. I feel so ashamed. Please banish me to the ‘BLACK HOOOOLE”!
you said you did a review of the television show nightmare but it isn’t on the site did you do reviews before you made your sight and if so can you like post some old reviews up
I Dont know if this has already been brought up or not, but I just stumbled upon spoony today and I dont feel like reading all the comments on this video and the other related videos. Violent J from ICP actually samples the gate keeper from this game for a song that was on a very limited cd given away for free at the gathering of the juggalos in 2008. Here it is for your lolziez, nerdy ass pleasure.
I dont know if this has been brought up before or not, but I just discovered spoony today and I dont feel like reading all the comments on this video and its related vids. Violent J from ICP actually samples the gate keeper from this game on a song. It was on a very limited cd that was given away for free at the 2008 gathering of the juggalos. Here it is for your lulzie, nerdy ass pleasure.
as hard as I try I can’t pin down the gatekeeper’s accent. French? Scottish? SOmething european I think…
i think it’s scottish mixed with european, when he says blag hole it’s scottish,everything esle sounds european and sometimes scottish
… You do know that Europeans don’t all have the same accent… it is not like we all speak the same language.. just saying..
The tape’d run out before my dad rolled his age! He’s reaaaally old!
you know with spoony’s computer engineer degreee he can still have a job as making DOS computers for ultima nerds or computer repair for windows
All you have to do to run Ultima is download Dosbox and copy the files of whatever game you want to play to your local C: drive. I am afraid that the DOS ship has sailed, but computer repair is still viable.
I thought it was cool how the Gatekeeper goes nuts and starts to rot away as the game goes on? Does that same guy play in any of the other games like this?
The fight between Spoony and the Gate Keeper made me laugh my ass off XD
I played this game once years ago with three other people. I remember how much we screwed around when the Gate Keeper showed up :P
Now that I’ve actually played Super Castlevania IV, I suddenly think it’s cool how Spoony edited in Simon’s Theme.
Oh, hey, NOW I GEDDIT.
This is that one bit of bullshit in Suburban Knights!
PS. Nice to see Lee turn up. I just wish that the final song in SK, when Linkara does the Ballad of Ma-Ti, could have featured the WHOLE DANG ERRABUDDY chiming in. Oh well.
Stay awesome, Teh Skronky Uno. CHANEL Awesome No5!
OMG this might just be my favorite. Can’t stop laughing. Your banter with the video…I’m dying. Man, how did I miss this one…Now I know where you got this character from.
Wait a minute. The way the Gatekeeper growls. It all makes sense.
Warrior (formerly known as Jim Hellwig) must’ve played this game, and thought it made complete sense to ramble on stupidly and growl, and there you go: Ultimate Warrior.
Don’t be racist. I am sure that any hoe will do just fine.
Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, Billie Dee Williams, Tim Curry, George Takei, Christopher Walken…What FMV games did they all star in?
Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell were in the Wing Commander series.
Tim Curry was in some Frankenstein game. He was also in Gabriel Knight 3, but I don’t think that was really an FMV game. (GK2 was, but he wasn’t in it, despite being the voice of the main character in the first game.)
Christopher Walken was in Ripper and Privateer 2, both of which Spoony has done videos of.
Not sure about Williams or Takei, though.
What about Biff?
also Wing Commander Series
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy featured George Takei, Walter Koenig and WILLIAM SHATNER! That wasn’t the game that Spoony showed a clip from, though.
Billy Dee was in Command and Conquer 3 and tim curry was in Command and Conquer red alert both had just hammy as hell performances especially tim curry with a russian accent hahaha
A “blagg hoe” sounds like some kind of ancient Scottish gardening tool.
Gatekeeper vs. Dragon Master from Dragon Strike would be an epic battle of snark.
Sigh. Why make a board game based on a gimmick like this? Surely someone must have realized the game has no replay value.
The funny thing is, if you transplanted this concept into today, it would work a lot better. A console board game would be weird, but at least the gatekeeper could be halfway randomized and there could be some atmosphere. Hell, maybe you could figure out some weird way to get a DVD or Blu-Ray to have an interactive, randomly generated game master.
But a VHS tape? I mean, really? One that relies on jump scares and general assholery, and plays out the same EVERY TIME, with no skipping? And you give every card a time on the tape so the game ALWAYS PLAYS OUT THE SAME WAY, with very little randomization?
Aaaagh. I’m going over to Spoony’s Battlestar Galactica vlog. That game was fun just to watch!
Apparently I must have constructed some mental blocks to protect myself or something, but as you were reviewing this I remembered that I had, indeed, played this once when I was younger. Only once, of course, but it was with a bunch of other teenagers, and I remember laughing quite a bit. I also remember all of us making fun of the way the Gate Keeper pronounced the ‘Blagole’, too. I wonder if it was the game itself that made me block it from my memory, or if something else traumatic happened to me that night that I’ve blotted out…
No joke, I watched this review, and then two days later my best friend texted me and told me to come over for game night. Guess what her and her boyfriend had just bought?
I think what Spoony neglects to acknowledge is that the game is SUPPOSED to last 45 minutes at least, which is why so much of the game is chance, to stretch it out to the last minute. When we played, we literally went to 58:57 before someone won.
Atmosphere/Atmosfear is the perfect name for what it is, because the real fun of the game is to get sucked into the atmosphere, to interact with the Gatekeeper and personalize the experience. Also it’s a great drinking game. Take a drink everytime he calls you a maggot, if you get startled when he appears, says black hole (not if you’re doing shots, you’ll die of alcohol poisoning), etc. Also it is best with 4-6 people.
Sadly it doesn’t have much replay value, which is a real shame because I really enjoyed it. Mostly because I was kinda drunk.
ultimate stare-down my ass. I played along and beat the Gatekeeper, too
Nightmare certainly is the weakest of the series, though the expansion
tapes do help a bit. In terms or replayability the DVD Atmosfear is probably the best, though the time limit is cut down from an hour to 45 minutes, still plenty of time. The original Atmosfear was probably the best in terms of appearance and mood, and did make an attempt at replayability with allowing for the board to change with each playing. I the three versions and one Nightmare expansion, and I do say the Atmosfear games are definitely the most worthy of a playthrough
Blagole. And that is all she wrote~
Alice Cooper. Nice!
The Gatekeeper sounds a LOT like this one guy who dis a lot of voices for Ranken Bass movies; he was Gollum in The Hobbit & some buttmoneky in The Last Unicorn.
Yeah, but that was Peter Woodthorpe who died in a tragic accident.
Oh he also voiced Gollum in the brilliant BBC radio rendition of The Lord of the Rings.
Hang in there Spoony!
I’ll be honest, I did get a kick out of FMV games back in the day and have played them all. One that wasn’t a good game, was pretty monotonous with the interactivity of a light switch but it was actually quite scary as the acting was pretty decent for the most part. Dracula Unleashed….
“Everybody must pity you [...] They will hate you like I do” Wow, harsher in hindsight indeed…
spoon play Fallout 3, it has giant mutant cockroaches!
This is one of my favorites from Spoony! Makes me laugh everytime. Need more Gatekeeper / Gatecleaner!
spoony you should really review the other games of the series you have enough material to make conversations with the gatekeeper i think with all the videotapes combined
The bleh coal!
Lol, Spoony’s Gatekeeper voice hits the nail square on the head.
I really want yer shirt, atmosfear/nightmare kicks ass
The good thing about the DVD Atmosphear is the fact the gatekeeper clips are random, and they are a great bunch. The bad thing is he looks like the red bad guy from Star wars episode 1.
The DVD edition has a lot of replayability this way. And some features as the key cards are no more. So it’s a lot more enjoyable.
….whats the name of the evil song in the back ground….cause i cant find it -_-
That’s the theme to the original The Omen movie. Ave Satani!
After watching this video, I used the Nightmare video to play a 1-hour version of Nightmare Monopoly. It was amazing.
Took me a while to notice you playing the music from the movie “The Black Hole.” Kickass.
Aaaahahaha, Spoony is actually a pretty good actor, the gate-cleaner performance was hilarious.
I owned this, I never had anyone to play with but I owned this. My parents got it for me for X-mas one year. I ended up playing my younger sister’s jewelry VCR game with her instead.
Don’t blink, you magot. Blink, and you’re dead.
Staaawwwwp!!! Whose turn is next? Answer me now maggot!
Alright, who rolled a five or an eight? C’mon, someone fess up!
You know, that year is up. shouldn’t the gate cleaner be punishing spoony by now :p
The year was up almost 3 years ago.. I don’t know what the punishment would have been, but I’m sure it would have made me laugh.
Spoony did have a video up where he finished Pumpkinhead and got out of the blagole, but it was done in conjunction with LordKat, and they don’t speak anymore. I think Spoony took the video down at LK’s request, actually.
Pretty sure it still around. i think saw it under Nostalgia critic’s blip account.
You mean the alternate ending one? Or a different one? The alternate ending one is still on here.
WTF happened to Lee, anyway? Shouldn’t he and the Gatekeeper make a reappearance SOMETIME before Halloween 2020?