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Illfonic and Gun Media's crowdfunded version of Friday The 13th: The Game seemed to garner tons of attention when it first came out. There was obviously plenty of controversy surrounding aspects of the game's design, but that didn't stop it from being rather popular. Well, there's another game in the works based on the horror franchise and the perfect developer has stepped up to the plate in the form of Blue Wizard Digital.
According to Eurogamer, Blue Wizard Digital inked a deal with New Line Cinema and is working on the new Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle. It's the same makers who designed Slayaway Camp, a similar horror title, but without the official license. The upcoming game was announced back in late 2017, and it just recently soft launched for the iOS smart devices in the United States, but it won't fully launch for everyone around the world until April 13th... or rather, Friday the 13th.
While some might consider the soft launch to be the full launch, there are still plenty of people who don't have access to an iPhone or iPad, and even more people who aren't gamers located within the United States. The April 13th launch will make Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle available for iOS, Android, and Steam users.
The gameplay will be mirrored after Blue Wizard Digital's Slayaway Camp, which centers around using a four-direction, block-puzzle style gameplay mechanic to kill pesky teenagers. The gameplay is very similar to the sliding block puzzles you find in various other games, such as Resident Evil. The only difference is that instead of sliding blocks, you're sliding characters. More specifically, you'll be sliding Jason Voorhees around the map to kill unsuspecting teens. The puzzle element comes into play because you'll need to strategically get Jason into position in order to slide him to the teenager to trigger a cinematic kill.
While the gameplay couldn't be more different from Illfonic's Friday The 13th: The Game, the unlockables and thematics are actually quite similar. You'll play as Jason through more than 100 levels, and the more levels you complete the more skin variants of the Crystal Lake killer you'll unlock. This includes everything from Zombie Jason to Uber Jason.
But there's more than just the standard Jason skins that you'll unlock throughout your playthrough. The game will also feature some fun-filled Jason variants, such as Aqua Jason, Apocalypse Jason, and even Supermax Jason... yes, there's a Jason dressed in prison clothes.
But don't let the genre deter you away from Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle. You may have to use your brain muscles to reach the hapless victims, but each scenario ends with a bloody gory cinematic featuring Jason using a variety of different weapons to kill the young adults. Much like Illfonic's Friday The 13th: The Game, the kill scenes are cinematic and gruesome. Except, given the art-style that Blue Wizard is adopting for the game, there's an element of hilarity involved and some comic relief with the way most of the characters die.
Regardless of what you think about the Kickstarted project or the upcoming isometric puzzle-slasher, it's quite obvious that some of cinema's most recognized horror icons seem to be making big comebacks these days in the form of video games. I'm sure fans of the series obviously don't mind, and if you're one of them you can look to get your hands on Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle come April 13th.