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3 Retro Games Based on Slasher Movies

3 Retro Games Based on Slasher Movies

Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween have become classic slasher horror movies during a time where slasher movies became popular with the audience.  Since then, there have been sequels over the years such as merchandise including video games.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th for the NES was created by LJN, a company that is notorious for making interesting (bad) games.  The game takes place at Camp Crystal Lake and players are able to play as campers.  The star of the game, Jason Vorhees , does whatever he can to kill the campers while the campers are trying to escape from him.  Once a camper dies, they can't be revived and another camper is selected.  Another thing to point out, is that players are able to fight Jason using various weapons that can be found around Camp Crystal Lake.  Jason can be defeated, for the time being and he returns.  Besides Jason as an enemy, there are enemies in the game that aren't seen in the movies, zombies?

Friday the 13th - NES Gameplay


A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street for the NES seems like a 'Halloween' type of game because there are bats, rats, spiders, zombies, ghosts, and other Halloween type creatures.  Players are able to fight Freddy Kruger, as long as the players collect 'Freddy's bones' scattered in the various houses.  This takes place later in the game.  The game kind of feels like A Nightmare on Elm Street when the screen changes to a dream state, which can be seen in the movies.

A Nightmare on Elm Street - NES Gameplay



Halloween is the earliest slasher video game based on the movie.  Since the movie came out before the NES, the Atari 2600 was a suitable choice to to make a video game for the console.  The objective of the game is to run around trying to escape from Michael Myers and find a weapon to attack him with.  Each time Michael enters the screen, the memorable theme them from the movie plays.  This can be annoying at times because the theme can play in each screen and keeps playing as long as Michael within the screen.

Halloween for the Atari 2600

Which game do you think should get a remake for next-gen consoles?
What are your thoughts?
With the latest technology in video games, these remakes could be a hit with fans of the movies and non-fans as well.

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I love video games, especially the retro ones because I grew up playing those ones. A lot of memories and frustrations with some of the NES games, but it was fun enjoying those games. Video games are one of my passions because there are so many games out there that can be played and each one has a uniqueness to it.

  1. Anthony Perez
    Date: October 8, 2013
    Author: Anthony Perez

    980 Points, 8 Comments, and 12 Articles.

    OMG I actually had and played that Friday The 13th game when I was like, 8! I was terrible at it, and I freaked out whenever I saw Jason, but I still really enjoyed playing it. Aww man! Good memories. xD

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