The Addams Family is the name of five distinct platform games based on the 1991 movie of the same name.
Five different versions of the game were released. The first was in 1991 by ICOM Simulations for the TurboGrafx-CD, wherein the player controls Alford Tully on his quest to steal the Addams' fortune.
In 1992 Ocean Software released a second Addams Family game for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, Super NES, Amiga and Atari ST. In this version you control Gomez Addams as he attempts to rescue other members of the Addams family. A third version, also released by Ocean and following the same plot, was released for the Sega Master System, Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Game Gear, with the latter ported by Acclaim Entertainment.
A fourth title was developed for the Game Boy, and a fifth was produced for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum home computers.
The Addams Family's lawyer, Tully Alford, has taken control of their Gothic mansion and imprisoned Morticia Addams, Pugsley Addams, Wednesday Addams, Granny and Uncle Fester. The player controls Gomez Addams as he explores the various rooms in the mansion, locating items and battling monsters, until he has located all of the lost family members.
The TurboGrafx-CD game by ICOM Simulations has a similar plot, but plays from the perspective of Tully Alford. The player controls Alford through several, side-scrolling stages on a quest to locate, and steal, the Addams' vast wealth. Alford's main weapon is his umbrella, which can shoot fireballs, or he can transform into a wolf man .
The game was poorly received. Mega advised readers to "watch a tree grow or something instead".
Influence on other Addams Family titles
In 1993 Ocean released Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt based on the Addams Family animated series of the early 90s. The mechanics of the game are largely the same.
The NES and Game Boy versions of Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt are actually ports of the movie Addams Family game, with the lead character replaced by Pugsley and the collectible dollar signs replaced with candy. Some of the levels from The Addams Family, such as the Freezer and the Crypt, are not included. The Game Boy version also omits the Stove level and much of the level leading into the final boss.