Jaws Video Game (1987) – Revisited: Horror Game Review

The previous episode of our video series Playing with fear took a look at all the classic-inspired video games produced by Steven Spielberg Gremlins, and in the new episode, we take a look back at another game that owes its existence to a Spielberg movie: Jaws, released on NES in 1987. It’s a video game I was playing at the time, and I don’t think I had a good time with it… but I would definitely be interested in revisiting it, so it’s cool to see it get the Playing with fear processing.

In this Jaws video game,

the player steers a boat across the sea, randomly encountering groups of hostile sea creatures. When the boat hits something on the overhead chart, the perspective changes to a side view. The player’s boat unleashes a diver who fights various underwater threats such as jellyfish, stingrays, and small sharks. Every now and then, Jaws will appear on the map as his familiar dorsal fin breaking the surface of the water. If players collide with Jaws’ dorsal fin, they can momentarily control their boat in the side-view encounter to attempt to attack Jaws with depth charges. The jaws will still collide with the boat and release the diver into the water. Jaws will also appear after a brief moment if the player snaps something on the air map with Jaws nearby.

Episodes in the Playing with fear take the series

take a look at the most impactful, successful, and scariest video games in media history and decide if they are still worth playing today.

Playing with fear is written and narrated by Andrew Hatfield, edited by Tyler Nichols, produced by John Fallon and produced by Berge Garabedian.

Some of the previous episodes of Playing with fear can be seen below. To see more and take a look at the other video series we have on offer, head over to the JoBlo Horror Videos YouTube channel – and subscribe while you’re at it!

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