Platform: Xbox One
Additionally on: PC, Swap
Writer: Blue Wizard Digital
Developer: Blue Wizard Digital
On some degree, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle ought to most likely be docked a number of factors for being a reskinned model of Slayaway Camp. Like, it’s just about the very same recreation, with the one actual distinction being that the killer right here is Jason Voorhees, reasonably than a killer who seems sort of like Jason Voorhees. Past that, they’re virtually an identical.
Nevertheless, I’m greater than prepared to miss that for a few causes.
First, the identical developer made each video games. Even when they’re stealing, they’re solely doing it from themselves.
Second, as a lot as I loved Slayaway Camp, I can nonetheless admit that its efficiency — at the very least on the Vita — was fairly brutal. Loading screens lasted eternally, crashes weren’t unusual, music didn’t at all times play, the motion consistently stuttered — the checklist of technical points was a prolonged one, and it made it troublesome to completely benefit from the recreation. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle treatments all these points, and repackages the sport in a approach that truly works.
Third (and most necessary), Slayaway Camp was a lot enjoyable that I’m not going to complain about getting an opportunity to play it once more, particularly if I’m getting an opportunity to play it once more with out all of the technical hiccups. Being merely competent is a massively underrated factor, so being a reliable recreation that’s additionally genuinely enjoyable makes Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle effectively value a shot when you’re a fan of puzzlers or when you like your video games blood-soaked. And when you’re a fan of blood-soaked puzzlers? Effectively, then you definitely’re actually in luck.
As a result of — as I could have mentioned a number of instances earlier than — Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle does all the things that Slayaway Camp did, simply with out the accompanying flaws. You slide Jason round a board, killing everybody on the board in inventively gory methods. You drown them, you set them on fireplace, you topple outhouses on prime of them — and that’s not even stepping into all of the weapons at your disposal. Jason has all the things from baseball bats, to pitchforks, to color rollers, to automobile doorways, and you need to use them nonetheless you see match, assuming that you simply’re wanting to make use of them to kill punks, police, campers, and everybody else — besides, after all, for cats, which you’re not supposed to the touch. The degrees are all properly laid out, and, aside from the few ranges the place you could have a set variety of strikes earlier than your time runs out, they offer you numerous alternatives to method your killing spree nonetheless you see match.
To make sure, none of this will likely be that new when you performed Slayaway Camp. However that is a type of instances the place that doesn’t matter. It principally comes all the way down to “If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it” — solely with the added bonus that all the things that was damaged when it got here to Slayaway Camp is solely fastened in Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle.
Blue Wizard Digital supplied us with a Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle Xbox One code for overview functions.