No, not Rocky Horror, Richard O’Brien has no role here in this discussion. Gregory Horror Show is a licensed game, based on a Japanese CGI TV show and later anime series of the same name. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Gregory Horror Show and the original TV show is its unusual art style, which makes characters look like cutout paper figurines.
Gregory Horror Show lets you control an unnamed character who, finding himself in a hotel run by the vaguely creepy mouse-owner Gregory, borrows the body of a child from Death himself. The child-body will allow our nameless hero to collect souls from guests in Gregory’s hotel, a favour requested by Death in exchange for the hero’s freedom from the hotel. In order to collect the souls from the hotel guests, the silent protagonist must befriend, deceive and annoy said guests in order to get them to hand over the souls, voluntarily or not. What is certain is that every soul taken from a guest makes that guest your enemy from there on out, and you quickly discover that you must avoid them to preserve your own sanity, which in this game functions essentially as a health meter. There are Resident Evil references including the use of Green, Red and Yellow herbs (this is a Capcom game after all), but the two play nothing alike. Instead, Gregory Horror Show is a unique hybrid of puzzle, survival horror and adventure, with a dose of Animal Crossing for good measure. Continue reading