Friday the 13th

I never really was much of a horror movie person, so I probably should have known better than to try and play a game based on a horror movie, but I was young, and had played everything else at the rental store.

Friday the 13th takes place in a summer camp and follows the counselors as they try to defend the campers from Jason as he rampages around the campgrounds for some reason. I’m sure it would have made more sense to me if I’d seen the movie all the way through.

You have at your disposal several camp counselors, each with slightly differing abilities. Some are faster than others, some can jump higher, that kind of thing. You have to use them all to complete the objectives in this game, and since I never could manage the first one, I don’t know what happens after that.

See, you have to take your counselors around the camp lighting fires in all of the fireplaces in all the cabins. Thing is, though, that Jason could jump out and attack you at any time (assuming he’s offed enough campers), so you always have to be on your toes. Because, even if he can’t be killed for good, your guys can. Once they’re killed, they’re gone for good, and invariably it’s going to be the ones that move the fastest and jump the highest that you’re going to lose first.

This is one of the few games that really freaked me out a little bit. I think the real reason I was on edge all the time was because Jason was pretty scary to my preteen mind, and he could be literally anywhere at any time to jump out and attack you. So when you were running low on health (which I was a lot), meeting him was definitely not something that you wanted to happen. Now that I’m a bit older and (hopefully) more composed, I should probably try and play that game again. I doubt there’s going to be anything in there now that’s more creepy than the stuff I saw in Resident Evil.

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