Blue Wizard Digital’s Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is an extremely fun puzzle game filled with insane amounts of blood, gore and gruesome fun. Originally released for PC and mobile platforms, Slayaway Camp is the perfect mix of puzzle-style game play and 1980’s slasher nostalgia. The developers recently released the game for home consoles, expanding the game for hours of extra fun. The mechanics and rules of the game are simple: You must move your character (Skullface) around the board, and find a way to kill all of the teenagers! As you progress through the game, you gain the ability to play as other characters, such as Skullface’s Mom, an unmasked Skullface, and even Evil Santa.
Like most puzzle games, the levels start off easy and get progressively more difficult as you go along. The new console version of the game has over 300 levels to fight through, so you shouldn’t be concerned about growing bored with it. The levels are split up into different “movies” that have their own stories and cut scenes. The developers had fun with these titles, starting with Slayaway Camp and running through Return to Slayaway Camp, Another Return to Slayaway Camp, 3D: Abusement Park and Slash’em High.
Don’t let the block-head aesthetic fool you, this game is gorier and bloodier than almost anything you can play today. If the characters were more realistically designed, then we would be bordering on the gross-out-angry-parents-boycott-everything territory. Luckily for us, the developers kept things cartoon-ish and fun. There are cut-scenes that show some of the most creative kills, complete with keyword descriptors such as “evisceration” ‘slugged” and “headless”. The sound design for the game is absolutely incredible, as well. Your stalking is accompanied by a great 80’s synth theme and the kills scenes are punctuated by the narrator growling “Murderiffic”, “Goretastic”, “Splatterlicious” and more.
In some more amazing news, Blue Wizard Digital is currently working on a Friday the 13th version of the game! It will be called Friday the 13th -Killer Puzzle and it should be released for mobile platforms in 2018.
After all is said and done, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is a puzzle game that made me sit down and enjoy a puzzle game for the first time. You can buy it now for PS4, Xbox One or from the Apple Store. Follow us here at Nightmare on Film Street for release information on the F13 version of the game when it becomes available. In the meantime, give this game a try and let us know what you think!