'''''Night Trap''''' is a FullMotionVideo game by Creator/DigitalPictures. It was created (well, ''filmed'') in the mid-80s and was originally intended to be released on Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s videotape-based game console, the NEMO. However, the NEMO was never released, and the game debuted in 1992 on the [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Sega CD]]. In 1994, it arrived on the Sega 32X, ThreeDO, UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer, and UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh.

Groups of teenage girls have been disappearing after going to the house of the Martin family for a sleepover held by the family's daughter, Sarah. As a member of a special task force known as SCAT ('''S'''ega/Special '''C'''ontrol '''A'''ttack '''T'''eam), you are given control of the house's unusual security system, which consists of cameras and traps placed in most of the rooms in the house, in order to help the field agent, Kelly (played by Dana Plato), protect the latest group of girls that have been invited over.

The game is mostly known for the undue controversy that it caused upon release, along with its less-than-stellar gameplay and cheesy acting. It has also made several "Worst Games Ever" lists.

Followed by a SpiritualSuccessor titled ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'' in 1993.

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The reason people are going missing is because [[spoiler: the Martins run a charity wherein they provide blood for augers (see below). Since augers cannot drain their victims themselves without the help of some goofy looking devices.]]
** Weird Eddie describes the augers as this. Apparently the augers killing people is "nothing personal, that's how they keep alive." [[SarcasmMode Which must come as SUCH a comfort to the people who get the blood drilled out of their necks.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Danny, Lisa's brother.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, the only reason Danny is even at this sleepover party in the ''first'' place is because Lisa's mom ''made'' her take Danny along.
* AttractMode
* BossRush: The climax of the game. You have to beat [[spoiler: each of the remaining Martins in order: first, when Victor Martin, Sheila Martin and Sarah Martin corner Kelly in the bedroom, Sheila comes the closest to catching Kelly so you first have to trap Sheila with a bed that catapults her out the window (which was not originally intended for her; apparently Victor was going to give that trap to his wife as a "surprise"); Kelly will then manage to make it past Victor and Sarah, but Victor chases her. Second, when Victor chases Kelly into the bathroom, you have to activate a wall trap that gets rid of Victor, but that still leaves Sarah. Sarah will cut Kelly off outside in the hallway, so you have to drop Sarah down a pit and ''then'' all the Martins are gone and you've won the game. If you miss even ''one'' of the three Martins in this sequence, Kelly will escape at first but then whichever Martin you missed will show up with a crowd of augers to drain Kelly and you'll lose.]]
* [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]: All the girls are in danger of getting killed by the augers, and it's up to you to save them from harm.
* DummiedOut: One of the Game Over scenes.
* TheEighties: Painfully so, but not surprising, since the footage was shot during that time.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Mr. Martin, who tries to come off as a charming gentleman.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:You, in the perfect ending. If you are so inclined.]]
** [[spoiler:Heck, you don't even have go that far. Just let one of the Martins escape during the final sequence and kick back and watch the fun. You get the same ending either way.]]
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: "Weird Eddie", one of the Martins' neighbors, invented a laser gun in order to combat [[spoiler: them and the augers]]. Interestingly, the SCAT team has real guns, though it's still not particularly violent. (The augers only seem to emit sparks even when shot with real guns and [[spoiler: the Martins, being vampires, are immune to bullets]].)
* FrickinLaserBeams: Subverted.
* FullMotionVideo
* FunWithAcronyms: SCAT. Talk about UnfortunateNames.
* GenkiGirl: Megan
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: [[spoiler: Sarah (if you're fast enough to see her in the bedroom at the start of the game) and Tony. All of the other vampires have them as well, but only when they show their fangs.]]
* GratuitousFrench: Mr. Martin says a couple of these phrases, natch.
* GuideDangIt: The split-second room changes the game requires from you are [[UpToEleven nearly impossible without playing the game multiple times or having a comprehensive walk-through]].
* HaveANiceDeath: Letting [[spoiler: Tony capture Kelly will cause him to drag her down to the basement, where he'll immediately find out the cables connecting your controller to the house. He will then inform Jeff offscreen. Jeff will then personally tell you how much you messed up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard before sending you down one of the traps]]]]. A similar event will happen if you allow Cindy to die, [[spoiler:as she will be turned into a vampire by Jeff and tell him about the override cables, which will prompt him to give access of the control to his parents. Vincent and Sheila will then send you down a trap.]]
* JiveTurkey: The sole black member of SCAT. Yeah...
** In his defense, the worst moment of this trope, when he pretends to be a Jamaican who's lost his boat, was just a cover story invented as a pretext so he could ask everyone in the house (including SCAT's field agent Kelly) if they're doing all right. When he talks like himself, he sounds relatively normal.
* KaizoTrap: It's possible to get a Game Over during the intro simply by doing nothing. This was actually quite common with a lot of Sega CD FMV games back then.
** And there's the unusual twist [[spoiler: where the ''player'' can spring the trap on the protagonist, even after all the enemies are captured]].
* LargeHam: The guy playing Lt. Simms is deadly serious and is not above disconnecting your controller if you screw up or don't start the game fast enough.
** Also, Mr. Martin ("THE WALL TRAP! AAAAAAAAAAAH!")
* MalevolentArchitecture: The Martins' house was built full of traps and hidden cameras in order to [[spoiler: contain and kill helpless kids]]. S.C.A.T. hacks the system and takes control of it to save the kids and kill the Martins and their auger minions.
* MultipleEndings: There are several ways the game could end, including the Game Over sequences:
** Letting too many augers roam around the house, both in the beginning of the game and before disc 1 ends, will cause Simms to interrupt your broadcast and kick you off the mission. Failing to rescue Lisa, Ashley, or Megan will result in this too, albeit with different messages.
** Failing to rescue Cindy causes [[spoiler:Jeff to make Cindy a vampire. Cindy will tell Jeff about the override cables, which prompts him to regain access of the house. Vincent and Sheila override your control and send you through a death trap]].
** Failing to rescue Kelly when Tony approaches her will result in him dragging her down to the basement, where he discovers your controls and informs Jeff about it offscreen. Jeff overrides your control and tells you off [[spoiler:before sending you through a death trap]].
** Failing to rescue Kelly from [[spoiler: the Martins in the last sequence of the game will result in her being captured by the augers and bitten by whoever you first failed to capture]].
** The normal ending, which you'll get if you complete all critical saves/captures while missing some augers, has Kelly congratulating you, but believing you can do better with practice. [[spoiler:As she leaves, there's a parting shot of an auger appearing behind her.]]
** The perfect ending has Kelly praising you and hoping to work with you again. As she leaves, she walks over the trap you used to capture Sarah and [[TemptingFate jokes about you trapping her]]. [[spoiler:In a CruelTwistEnding, you actually can pull a FaceHeelTurn on her and kill her.]]
* NewMediaAreEvil: This game is one of the reasons why the ESRB exists today. The game caused controversy and was pulled from store shelves due to its "violent content" and its gameplay being centered around "capturing and torturing young women." It's a good thing that none of the senators involved in the hearing actually ''played'' the game. Otherwise, they would have found out that none of these things happen and they would have had to rely more on the content in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to get the ruling that they wanted.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires can teleport, make their eyes glow, have super strength, are unharmed by bullets, and can shoot lightning from their hands. Other vampires are created by completely draining a mortal of blood. However, if not enough blood is taken, an auger is created. Augers look like limping burglars due to the fact that they cover themselves completely in black clothing because their skin falls off of their bones due to their hunger.
* RichBitch: Lisa, though she's more vain than bitchy.
* SociopathicHero: You can choose to get the perfect ending [[spoiler:just so you trap Kelly in the end]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on the version, Kelly's name is either spelt "Kelly" or "Kelli."
* SunglassesAtNight: Tony wears sunglasses at nighttime, until he takes them off in the last part of the game.
* SurpriseSlideStaircase: The game uses this as a trap.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jeff to Cindy over the course of the game.
* TitleThemeTune: The characters lipsync to it at one point.
* TranshumanTreachery: [[spoiler:Cindy, if you let Jeff bite her. She actually seems quite happy to be part of the walking undead.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Subverted, [[spoiler: Tony helps out the heroines ''once'', and only because Ashley coincidentally happens to look like his former girlfriend. After that, and after Kelly ignores his warnings to not investigate any further, Tony will attempt to capture Kelly just like any of the Martins, and will succeed if you don't use a trap on him.]]
* TokenMinority: SCAT has both a token black guy ''and'' a token woman (if you don't count Kelly).
* TragicKeepsake: Tony has a locket with a picture of his former girlfriend (who looks just like Ashley, one of the girls at the sleepover) in it. We never find out what happened to her, though the Japanese dub translates, "[We] could never be" into, "She's already dead."
* TrapDoor: One of the possible traps you can use on the augers; other traps include catapulting the augers out the window, for example.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You have the opportunity to [[spoiler:trap Kelly]] in the perfect ending.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't know what happens to the girls or Danny after they escape the house. Some of them are last seen being chased by augers too, making things a bit concerning...
* WhatTheHellHero: You get this from Simms if you fail to save the girls early on, followed by a game over.
--> '''Simms''': Megan is dead. And yes, you could have saved her. You were responsible for her life, and you screwed up. There's a lot going on in this house. Too bad you're not going to be around to see any more of it. Breaking contact.
* AWinnerIsYou: All you get for winning the game is Kelly congratulating you on your success. However, if you get a perfect game (all bad guys captured, all innocents saved), [[spoiler:you get to trap her right afterward]].
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