As a huge fan of horror and slasher movies (especially from the late-1970s to the 1980s), a game like ‘Slayaway Camp,‘ an top-down isometric puzzle game, is right down my alley; plus, IT’S FREE! In ‘Slayaway Camp,’ you play the killer in a collection of old VHS movies, as you maneuver to hack-and-slash as many as hapless characters who are dumb enough to tempt slasher-troupe fates (i.e., singing at campfires, canoodle around, etc.) while avoiding falling in pits are becoming trapped between obstacles.
The game is available on Kongregate and signs point to a future release on Steam in the near future. It should be noted that one of the people who created this also co-founded PopCap and designed Bejeweled, so take that as you will:
“Originally started as an experimental roguelike collaboration between Jason Kapalka (PopCap co-founder, designer of Bejeweled, etc) and Ido Yehieli (of Cardinal Quest 1 and 2), Slayaway Camp evolved into its current form when they realized that Sokoban-style sliding-block puzzles were enormously tedious… unless they involved gratuitous murder. Then they were awesome. Kapalka’s fondness for cult horror films finally found an outlet that had been denied during his decade at PopCap.”
The substitution from realistic design (a’la the upcoming ‘Friday the 13th‘ game) to a cuboid and cutesy style offers a nice juxtaposition of the violent content the game contains. The games is a very good tribute to the cult horror film, complete with cut-aways to nifty kills involving dismemberment, decapitation and impaling (while resembling out-takes), a Slayaway in space spin-off movie, demons, and much more. Slayaway Camp features ten VHS video levels with a total of over 200 challenging puzzles to play, earn coins by completing levels to spend to buy new kill-packs and even unlock new death animations.