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Atmosfear Interactive Board Game with DVD

by Pressman Toy
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B0001CU1C4
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11 x 15 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,999 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description


While a handful of board games have attempted to incorporate VHS tapes for a more visceral experience, the technology usually proved too clunky and unmanageable to provide enough fun to make it worth the hassle. But since it relies on digital technology, a DVD is inherently more precise, this makes it easier to work in to such games as Atmosfear. The game has a horror movie feel to it, featuring mummies, vampires and assorted other beasties and ghoulies. The cards drawn by players often correspond to time marks on the included DVD and ask you to be interactive with your fellow contestants, for instance: "at 46:50, start to giggle insanely. If any opponent asks why you laugh hand them this card and this message: I'm having the last laugh: You're BANISHED to the BLACK HOLE". It's a game for extroverts and technology lovers but if those factors, or the monsters in the design, don't scare you off, it should be a lot of fun. --Charlie Williams

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The gatekeeper serves as your host in this interactive game of fear and nerves.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frightens 11-year-old boys August 21, 2004
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This was the first DVD board game I have ever tried, so I was interested to see how it would play out. I played it with my 11-year-old son and his 10-year-old friend. At first, they refused to play it at night because they were worried they were going to be too scared. So we tried it during the day.

In the game, you have 49 minutes to race around the board collecting each of six different colored keys. As you play, the Gatekeeper interrupts you and tries to prevent you from winning while verbally abusing the players. (It's done in a very campy style, all in fun.)

I found it difficult to keep track of what was going on in the game because of the frequent interruptions, although it was easier the second time around (which was at night because the boys declared the game not at all scary). Although the game's manufacturer claims that no game is ever the same, there is not enough variety in the Gatekeeper's actions to keep an adult interested past the third or fourth playing.

That being said, it would be a great game for a Halloween party. It's quite spooky. I'd like to try it on my son's friends after I set up the family room with black lights and spooky decorations. They'd definitely have a blast.

The game is much more fun if you end up racing the clock to beat the Gatekeeper. We were all on our feet during the last minute of play the second time through, cheering each other on and passing the dice as quickly as possible so one of us could beat the Gatekeeper. I was surprised at the teamwork evident at the end of the game. It was nice to see, after my son had tried everything to defeat me during the rest of the game.

I'd give this gane an age range of 9 to 14. Would I buy it again? Yes, but for a Halloween party or one of my son's Harry Potter birthday parties. Not for everyday use.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VHS version a little better... January 5, 2006
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I played "Atmosfear, The Harbingers" on VHS in the mid-90s and several years later bought a copy of the game through ebay. Then, I saw this DVD update and gave in to temptation when the price was marked down. Here's my judgement: 1) The mechanics have been simplified. This has it's pros and cons. It could have been made easier to learn without removing as many components. 2) The gatekeeper has less of a nasty/funny balance in the DVD update. 3) It is a major upswing to have his dialogue randomly disbursed.

One reviewer seemed to think the game was boring. I'll guess, instead, that the people he parties with don't have the attention span for board games. Too bad for them. Atmosfear - The DVD Board Game get's a B+ from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game to play to with friends. June 20, 2013
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a 23 year old college student and have become quite the board game enthusiest. I picked this game up because I remember playing the VHS version of this board game in my childhood/pre-teen days. Besides Risk it was the only other board game I enjoyed playing at the time. I bought this as a throwback to those days. I remember the fun interaction with the gatekeeper coming up on screen and throwing twists (as well as insults) into the game. The great thing about this DVD version is that the game is random each time you play. With the VHS version you quickly start learning when things are going to happen at what time and what exactly will happen when the Gatekeeper appears on screen.

If you've never played before you pretty much have a hexagon game board that is split into 6 areas of a different color. Each person picks a crazy Halloween type of character like a vampire, werewolf, poltergeist, etc. Each person writes a fear of theres on a piece of paper and places it into the jar that sits in the middle of the board. Each player takes turns rolling the dice and moving around the board collecting a colored key from each area. Once a player has 1 of each color key he/she must go to the middle jar and pick on out. If the fear belongs to the player then they win. If not they must return to their specific starting area that each character has and try to go to the middle again. You have 49 minutes to complete the game or else the Gatekeeper wins. The Gatekeeper is this creepy guy that shows up randomly on the TV screen and throws in twists to the game and makes some of the players do funny/ridiculous things at times.

Atmosfear is not a well known game so introducing it to your friends is fun. The game supports 6 players max which is good and can be a problem at the same time.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1st edition was better October 27, 2004
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The 1st version of this game was a fun and exiting game for my family. but we soon got bored of the same video over and over. We could not believe it when we saw a new version of the game out, we rushed out to buy it and found this version not the same and not as complicated or as fun as the first they should have just released the first version of the game with new dvd setup it was a waste of money.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ADDITION October 6, 2004
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is the logical next step for this series of games. I own all 3 original nightmare vcr games, as well as Atmosphere:The Harbingers. Although I get a lot of enjoyment from the VCR games, the DVD format makes for a much more random experience. This game is terrific fun for anyone 13 or over.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game! A blast! December 16, 2004
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Atmosfear is awesome. I can't explain it, just buy it, try it and you'll have a great time. You learn, you laugh, and you enjoy the whole supernatural thing. Not for young kids, anyone under 13 just might have nightmares, it's possible, so judge for yourself as a parent if your child can handle it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The DVD was not able to play because it said wrong region. I was really looking forward to playing this game but the DVD didn't work in any of our DVD players. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Purchased as a gift. My 30 yr. old loved this game. Friends gather and play, he loves game night and this was a cool way to add to his fun. He thinks mom made a great purchase!
Published 3 months ago by Dorthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Haters gonna hate
I played the old VHS edition and gave this one a try... it was well worth it. The rules being simplified means the game is more wildly fun. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Flannel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I used to play the VHS version of this game and loved it then. Played with some friends the other night and I got them hooked. A very fun game!
Published 10 months ago by Bree
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
i had been looking everywhere for this game. now that i have it its been an every saturday night kind of thing. my kids love it its fast paced. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trish T
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game!
I played this game years ago & was disappointed to learn that my now mother inlaw no longer had it. We searched everywhere for one & finally found it here! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Abyss
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to "Nightmare"
Okay, sure, if you've never played the 1991 Video Board Game "Nightmare" (the original game, as this one is a remake called Atmosfear), then perhaps this game is for you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish they made more games like this.
I wish they made more games that have a DVD as part of the game and that it changes constantly so there is always more replay value.
Published 15 months ago by Adam J. Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmosfear
My kids love this game. Played the original VHS version years ago. Some changes from the original were a bit of a bummer.
Published 16 months ago by Michael W Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars You will scare your friends
I've played this game on numerous occasions with other adults (22 and older) and they have loved it every single time. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by C. Coney
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