I remember seeing the commercials for the Nightmare and AtmosFear games years ago, back when I was at the perfect age for them. But I never did get those games for Christmas, or get to play one with a friend. So when I found one in my local thrift store this week, I had hope that my nephews, ages 12 and 15, would be interested in trying it out.
They were very enthusiastic after looking over the box, and we've since had three plays. All our games have gone down to the wire, and have been lively, hectic, and a lot of fun. I'm happy with it. I asked my younger nephew Elijah for his thoughts, so that I could share the perspective of a boy who's just gotten to the recommended age for AtmosFear, and see how it had impressed him.
"The box is solid. The dude on the front is creepy and it makes you want to play it.
The characters are interesting, and the stories about them. It would be cool if they had different powers, though.
The Gatekeeper looks like a mix of Freddy Kreuger and The Emperor from Star Wars. You think he's going to be scary, but he's really just cheesy and it's funny. His insults are kind of dumb, but it's cool when he talks.
I like that it's interactive.
I like the theme and the idea that you have to get different keys from each realm in order to escape, and then face your greatest fear. It's fun to go through all the other fears afterward, too.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars."