I love horror movies, spooky stories and video games. Each year I try to watch 31 horror movies in October, one for each day of the month. A couple of my recent favorites are Get Out, It comes at Night, It and Jigsaw. So, you would think I also love to play horror games, but that’s a negative for me. Even though I love to be scared, playing a real horror game is way too stressful for me. But, now there is Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle.
I would love to play horror games. For instance, I love the first Alien movie, but I never could play Alien: Isolation. I watched a let’s play of it to get the experience, but I didn’t have the guts to play it myself. I like puzzle games, mainly hidden object games. They work very calming for me and reduce my stress levels, but I am not cut out for a lot of puzzle games. So, Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle is a combination of both and ideal for me. It’s a licensed game based on the Friday the 13th franchise. I know there is another Friday the 13th game out now, which looks something I would like.
Slayaway Camp 2
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is made by Blue Wizard Digital. They already made a similar game to this one, named Slayaway Camp. If you know that game, you know what to expect from this one. Instead of being an unknown masked killer, you are now the unstoppable force that is Jason Voorhees.
Each level you have to kill everyone in a specific way, so that at the end you can kill the Final Person to go on tot he next level. The challenge stems from the fact that Jason slides horizontally or vertically until he gets stopped by something. That could be an obstacle, a trap or a person. Ending at a person kills that person. It’s a murderous slide puzzle.
The first eight episodes are free on Steam or in the app store. Each episode consists of 15 levels. So, that’s 120 levels for free. Certain outfits are unlocked by getting an x-amount of kills. Each time you level up, you get a Jason-crate containing a weapon. The weapons quality ranges from bronze until gold. You can even trade in doubles to get a better tier weapon. The weapon quality doesn’t make it better, they go from common household items to more unique items.
If you are stuck in a level, you can click on the decapitated head of Jason’s mother; Pamela Voorhees. You can either skip, get a hint or get the solution. If you make a mistake, you even can rewind like an old VCR tape, or just restart. The more I played, the less I needed the solution and only the hint. I began to see how the game works.
As an added bonus there are two more game modes. There’s the Daily Challenge. You get a new puzzle every day and if you solve all thirteen, you get a prize. In this mode you can’t get a hint or the solution. The other mode is Murder Marathon where you have to click at the right time, to kill the person. Making longer combo’s gives you more xp, in turn leveling you up faster, so that you can get new weapons.
As I said, the first eight episodes are free. If you want the remaining four, you have to pay about 3 euro a pop. And you can buy alternate outfits for Jason, like the NES version, ranging from 99 cents until 3,50 euro. So, that’s quite a steep price point if you are a collector and want everything. I bought them in a sale last weekend for 50 percent off, but it was still 12 euro.
There won’t be a high replay-ability; after getting the daily challenge and finishing all the levels, there is not much left. I can imagine if you played Slayaway Camp, you don’t have to play this because this in the same vein but with a license slapped on it. Or you have to be a huge Friday the 13th fan.
I like this game, as it merges two passions of mine. Killer Puzzle is a fun horror themed puzzle game. It can be challenging. You can decide if you want it easy or try to solve it on your own. You can even decide on how bloody it is.