An awesome puzzle game made for fans.
If you’re a horror movie fan then you may already know who Jason Voorhees is. Friday the 13th is easily one of the most recognizable horror movies in the past year and has achieved cult status amongst horror movie fans. The movies are hit and miss, and the same can be said to the game adaptations. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle was released sometime back, but it’s quirky game mechanics and fun and challenging gameplay make it worth playing.
So when I came across Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle launching as an app on iOS and Android devices, it didn’t quite grab my attention especially when it was highlighted as a puzzle game. At first thought, you’d wonder how will developers manage to put horror elements into a puzzle game right? Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle somehow exceeded my expectations and as a fan of horror movies and puzzle games, it managed to strike a balance between the two and offered a fun game that’s worth playing.
Developers Blue Wizard Digital ported over elements from its other game Slayaway Camp into Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. The game lets you play as Jason Voorhees and his trusty machete. Guided by the decapitated talking head of your mother, Mrs. Voorhees, she guides you on how you will be ‘killing’ your victims.
Since it’s a puzzle, you need to navigate an isometric diorama to kill your victim. It sounds easy at first, but it will get progressively difficult as more obstacles get in your way, one of these is water. Fans will know that Jason can’t swim, hence putting him in water will immediately drown him. If you die, or if you want to undo a move, there’s a handy rewind button to let you try again.
As part of the main campaign, you go through various stages/episodes that also let you unlock weapons and other versions of Jason (including the futuristic and badass version from Jason X). The more you kill, the more episodes get unlocked – but you also have the option to unlock all episodes with an in-app purchase. Each level completion also gives you more ‘Bloodlust’ that increases your rank.
That’s just the main campaign, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle also offers a ‘Daily Death’ mode that puts Jason into a random stage but without any help or hints on how to solve it. I personally found this more difficult than the campaign, but it should be a challenge for someone who is up for it. Then there’s ‘Murder Marathon’, a mode that gives you a non-stop parade of victims to kill.
The graphics aren’t something particularly groundbreaking, especially if you see the rather cartoony look of the characters. I guess that was done to keep the game from being too serious, considering it’s about a murderous serial killer. That being said, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle doesn’t shy away from blood and gore but thankfully that can be turned off by enabling the ‘PG’ mode on the menu.
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle brings a fresh new twist to the popular horror franchise, and the added puzzle-solving challenge should be enough to keep you entertained for hours.