Pajama Sam in “No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside”
Humongous Entertainment, creators of the Putt-Putt series, have added a new star to their Junior Adventure roster; his name is Pajama Sam, and his first vehicle is Pajama Sam in “No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside”. The story, which should touch a nerve in anybody who has ever been a kid (though the disc is intended for 3-8 year olds), begins when Sam’s mother tells him he’s old enough to go to bed without having the light on. Sam agrees, but vows (to himself) first to banish Darkness from his closet. The resulting adventure – half Where The Wild Things Are, half The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – begins when Sam, armed with a mask and a lunchbox, enters his closet and discovers a weird and frightening world. The animation is top-notch, full of vibrant colors and macabre (but not too terrifying) creatures, and the game runs smoothly, especially when you consider that it installs nothing on your hard drive. Explore the world at your leisure, seeking some lost items and Darkness himself, playing games along the way, figuring out puzzles, and picking up loose socks everywhere (we are, don’t forget, in Sam’s closet). The program is not terribly difficult, but still manages to throw a wrench into the proceedings whenever things start getting too easy. The sharp sense of humor should appeal to parents as well as kids, making Pajama Sam a multimedia experience that the whole family can enjoy together.
-December 1996, Games