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Video Game: Carn Evil
The greatest show unearthed!

"When the moon is full and trees are bare.
Walk though the cemetery if you dare.
Where skeletons rot and corpses fester.
Locate the tomb with the skull of a jester.
Feed him a token all shiny and new.
It is then that CarnEvil will return for YOU!"
The game's opening narration.

A horror-themed light gun game from Midway Games, CarnEvil is about... well, an evil carnival, which is set somewhere in Iowa (if you can believe the opening cutscene). The game starts off with a hayride/ghost tour making its way through a cemetery at night. One of the patrons, called Jacob in the manual, hops off the ride and locates the grave of Professor Ludwig Von Tökkentäkker, which seems normal enough... save for the evil-looking jester statue on it and a token sticking out of a slot on the tombstone. Curious, Jacob takes the token and puts it in the jester's mouth, where it promptly comes alive and nearly chomps his hand off. Next thing Jacob knows, a carnival indeed comes out of the ground and traps him and presumably his tour inside of it with all manner of nasty and bizarre monsters. Luckily, he stumbles across the shooting gallery, which has real shotguns; Jacob and his friend Lisa grab them, and with their hapless friend Betty tagging along, prepare to blast their way out... or die trying.

Released in 1998, CarnEvil is considered one of Midway's best arcade games note , giving House of the Dead some competition (both games came out the same year). But what people remember the most about the game is its rather surreal and dark humor, as well as its highly disturbing premise. Definitely not one for the kiddies.


The game provides the following tropes:


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Virtual-ONAwesome/Video GamesDemoscene

alternative title(s): Carn Evil
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