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9. Home Alone

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9. Home Alone
Screens © THQ (GB, NES, SNES) Accolade (Amiga) Capstone Software (PC) SEGA (MS, Genesis, Game Gear)

Christmas means presents under the tree, carolers singing, Tiny Tim touching Scrooge's hart, and according to Home Alone it also means child abandonment.

The 1990 hit film spawned numerous sequels and even more video games. Between 1991 and 1993 eight different Home Alone games released by various publishers and developers for classic console and computer systems, with another one released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2 (Europe only).

Year: 1991
  • Platform: Amiga Computer
  • Publisher/Developer: Accolade / Manley and Associates Inc.
  • Platform: Game Boy
  • Publisher/Developer: THQ / Imagineering Inc.
  • Platform: Super Nintendo
  • Publisher/Developer: THQ / Imagineering Inc.
  • Platform: PC
  • Publisher/Developer: Capstone Software / Manley and Associates Inc.
Year: 1992
  • Platform: SEGA Genesis
  • Publisher/Developer: SEGA / Brian A. Rice, Inc.
  • Platform: SEGA Game Gear
  • Publisher/Developer: SEGA
Year: 1993
  • Platform: SEGA Master System
  • Publisher/Developer: SEGA / Probe Entertainment Limited

While each of these are different games, they all strangely have near identical set ups, designs, and gameplay. Each of the games have you playing Kevin, forgotten by his family on their Christmas holiday trip and left to his own devices in order to save his home from a couple of robbers. In every version you go from room-to-room setting up traps and then having the crooks trigger the traps as they chase you around...wackiness ensues.

The weirdest of these near identical titles is the version for the Super Nintendo, where Kevin must battle a giant killer spider in the basement.

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