Friday the 13th Review
by, 07-29-2012 at 09:42 PM (1623 Views)
Game: Friday the 13th
Pre-Internet Rating: 3/10
Post-Internet Rating: 6/10
Fun Factor: 6/10 Super Mario 3 Bear Suits
While sitting at home deciding what game to review for you fine folks I thought to myself ďthis website was created for horror so letís try some horrorĒ and that my friends is the legend of how this Friday the 13th review came to be. Originally I was seriously weary about re-playing this game because I can remember as a kid thinking that this game was absolutely horrible and one of those games that they simply made far too hard for it to be fun.
The game starts off well with an attention grabbing scene of a knife stabbing Jasonís face mask in the eye while the screen begins the flash blood red. When the game starts, you hear a great use of creepy horror style music but it quickly goes downhill from their when you realise that song is 1 of only 4 different songs in the entire game which means you better get used to hearing it over and over again. You start off with 6 usable camp councillors with varying jumping and running ability and 15 child campers. Your goal is to kill Jason Voorhees a total of 3 times before all of your kids or councillor friends are dead. To get your attention Jason will attack these people and that will sound an alarm letting you know. When you hear the beeping sound you have to check your map for the location and rush over there to save your comrades before Mr. Voorhees makes short work of them. This is how Jason bates you into fighting him and not so lucky for you it works every time. You have 60 seconds to make it to where Jason is wreaking havoc or he will kill 5 kids and if that happens 3 times you lose the game.
Besides Jason thereís also a collection of baddies that stand in your way of finding him. These include:
∑ Jasonís Mom (secret character)
Jasonís mom plays a small role in the game but it can be a significant one if you can find her. Hiding in the cave system is a mini boss that resembles a medusa head and from what I can tell itís supposed to be Jasonís mother. The game takes place over 3 days and depending on which day you find her she gets harder and harder to beat but it also results in a better reward. If you defeat Jasonís mom on the 2nd day you will receive her sweater.........yeah, you read that right. Apparently if you can get her sweater, Jasonís attacks on you inflict 50% less damage so I guess itís not as funny as it sounds but what you want to do is beat her on day 3 because thatís where you get the most powerful weapon in the game which is a pitchfork .You start off with a horrible weapon in a rock but you quickly pick up a knife which has a far better ability to connect when thrown.
These weapons and the secret characters are the reason this game is getting such a boost in ratings when it comes to post-internet. If you played this game as a kid and it made you so frustrated that you almost tossed your NES out the window, try taking a look at a walkthrough. Friday the 13th reminds me a lot of Simons Quest in the way that it only makes sense when some nerd spends days of trial and error breaking everything down for you. A decent walkthrough will explain how you can stop yourself from constantly getting slaughtered by Jason, you can learn what the purpose of lighting fireplaces is and how you can find a weapon that actually does some damage to Jason rather than just hoping for the best. With a decent walkthrough this game becomes playable but nowhere near as much as Simons Quest. The good news is that Nintendo sold a butt load of these games so you can find it anywhere and probably trade a copy if Kameo for it.
In all, Friday the 13th is nothing more than another licensed game that LJN rushed to market in order to make a quick buck. The only way I can recommend picking this one up is if you plan on acting out a little redemption for your childhood self. Other than that I say keep your money and stay away from this one.