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Horror Movie Games


The golden rule is that movie based games suck. As well as vice versa. There are, of course, exceptions. For example, at the end of last month, Blair Witch, based on the movie of the same name, came out on our gaming devices, and it turned out to be an excellent game, despite its cinematic support. We decided to remember good games based on horror films.

Psycho [1988]

A classic quest based on the movie by Alfred Hitchcock [in turn based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch]. This is the most authentic atmospheric point and click for oldfags who dream of hardcore games. We play as a detective who arrived at the Bates Motel in order to find the missing curator of the museum, and we have 4 hours to do this. Yes, playing old, but difficult, but as I said, it is the most for connoisseurs.


A Nightmare on Elm Street [1989]

Another horror movie game that you are unlikely to play today if you are not a connoisseur, but it is simply impossible not to mention another pioneer of the horror movie game. In it, we will walk and collect items that will help us get out of the nightmare and defeat Freddy Krueger, who is always running after us. There are also weapons in the game, and they often have to be used against a burnt child lover.


Blair Witch Project Volume 1 [2000]

In the late 90s, two significant events took place: the horror film "The Blair Witch" and the first part of Silent Hill were released. The game's formula turned out to be so cool that it was only a matter of time before it was plagiarized. And in 2000, the Blair Witch Project game was born, which came out in parts. The game consisted of three chapters and took place in different eras of the city of Bracketsville. All stories are different, however, they share a connection with the Blair Witch. The first part is of most interest, as the quality of performance, atmosphere and plot is overwhelmed by the original source.


In it we play as a member of an organization that investigates the paranormal. We go to Bracketsville to hunt a child serial killer who may be under the control of a mystical witch.

Evil Dead Series [2001-2005]

Evil Dead by Sam Raimi and its subsequent sequels are classics and have become a source of inspiration for many creators. Not surprisingly, a trilogy of games was released based on this film. The first part of Evil Dead: Hail to the King told how, after the events in the third film, Ash returns to the past, to Damascus, to meet with the creator of the Necronomicon. Evil Ash became the main antagonist. Both were voiced by Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the original films. The game tried to parade the style of the first Resident Evil, but it did not go into its hands, for which it received criticism.


In the second game, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, the story continued, but in terms of genre it was already an action-adventure game. We have added other weapons and magic to the arsenal for the chainsaw. The final part of Evil Dead: Regeneration was a beat'em up and told an alternative story of the second part, where Ash was a patient of a mental hospital.

The Thing [2002]

John Carpenter's Thing, a horror game, is the right example of how to make movie games. According to the plot, we, as the commander of a detachment of infantrymen, arrive at the polar station after the events of the film.


The game perfectly developed the theme of paranoia, when you do not know if your friend can be an infected alien or not. In the game, everyone in your squad has indicators of fear and trust. If you constantly yell at your subordinates or even force them to do something at gunpoint, their trust in you drops. And if you treat and help them, it increases. The situation is aggravated by the fear of the heroes, because a frightened character or one who has lost confidence in you may start firing at you or other soldiers. And don't forget that each of them can turn out to be a monster.

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green [2005]

George Romero was the first person to make a zombie movie. It would be a sin not to make a game based on his picture, and this happened in 2005, when Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green was born. The game did not have enough stars from the sky and we, as a simple farmer Jack, killed hordes of zombies. It's funny that the same Dead Rising is not far from this banal concept, if you look at the root.


Jaws Unleashed [2006]

Steven Spielberg's Jaws is one of the most iconic and grossing films of its time. The third part with a three-dimensional shark, of course, was a complete slag, but its implementation on game screens turned out to be much better. We took it under control and had to constantly eat everything that moved, because if we did not reduce the hunger indicator, our health began to drop.


The shark could be pumped, made faster, stronger and less hungry. If it weren't for bugs and a crooked camera, the game would be a great choice for everyone. The main thing, as for me, is that she was able to convey the feeling that you are driving a real living killing machine.

Saw: The Video game [2009]

Saw is the most commercially successful horror franchise, even listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Its success is so overwhelming that they simply could not help making a game based on it. It was not just anyone who took up the implementation, but Konami themselves. The game was a full-fledged part of the franchise, and told stories between the first and second films, skillfully closing some of the plot holes. We played as Detective David, who got out of Jigsaw's hands.


Alas, a good story and fixing the white spots of the film franchise is the only plus of the game, since the gameplay is rather boring.

Alien: Isolation [2014]

Alien: Isolation is rightfully the best horror movie game and it is a generally accepted fact. She perfectly conveyed the atmosphere and psychological horror of the first film, but remained original and did not parasitize on the glory of the original. The developers were able to recreate in 2014 an authentic survival horror, where we often had to run and hide from an intelligent enemy. Xenomorph was one, but how much fear he put on the daughter of Ripley, for whom we played. Later, the developers even released a new level of difficulty, where your motion sensor constantly broke and almost always did not work. It was even more terrifying.


Friday the 13th: The Game [2017]

The film about the killer from the "Crystal Lake" camp has turned over time into a media franchise. Several games were released on it, namely Friday the 13th: The Computer Game [1985], and Friday, The 13th, released on the NES in 1988. However, the best game was 2017 Friday the 13th: The Game. In it, one player took on the role of an assassin, while in others they became teenagers from the camp. In the end, in some century you could feel like a youth slasher and tickle your nerves.


Alas, good games based on movies, especially horror games, are rare and even this list is clearly not created for everyone.

The Topic of Article: Horror Movie Games.
Author: Jake Pinkman