For those looking for some killer fun on the go while adding a few wrinkles to the ol’ grey matter, look no further than the free-to-play Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. This mobile game features everyone’s favorite camp counselor slaughtering undead behemoth, Jason Voorhees, as he chats with his mother’s severed head between (and during) murdering sprees.
With each kill you make you earn Bloodlust. Fill up your Bloodlust meter, and you are awarded a crate that you can smash open to reveal a new weapon. You can choose to equip the new weapon right then, or save them up to equip later or trade in for a new crate for another chance at a different weapon. Note that weapons are merely cosmetic and range from the traditional machete and wrench, to more wacky items like candlesticks, fish and tea kettles.
In addition to the main game there are the Daily Death & Murder Marathon Modes you can play. Daily Death allows you to play once a day. Complete the puzzle for bonus Bloodlust. Solve each puzzle every day for 13 Days in a row and earn yourself a rare weapon (note that good ol’ momma cannot give you any hints on these so you are on your own solving them). The Murder Marathon Mode allows you to see how many “Final” kills you can get in a row before you miss (I’m at a 24 kill streak at the time of this writing).
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle has a very cutesy, almost South Park-esque visual style. While it offers a PG or R rated gore level given how cute the graphics are already, the “R” rating is nothing too bad. I mean, yes, Jason decapitates, slices, dices, skews, smashes and impales everyone but he is just so adorable as he does it.
This is an easy recommend for me. It is free for iOS and Android devices, the puzzles are well thought out, I love the theme and it never feels like it is trying to bleed you for money. The banter between Jason and his mom’s head is often chuckle worthy plus you can pause the game during gameplay and cue the infamous “ki-ki-ki ma-ma-ma” sound effect at any time.
Looking for more Friday the 13th gaming action? Check out Chapman’s Review of the Kickstarter funded love letter to the movies, Friday the 13th: The Game, that allows one person to play as Jason while the other players run around as camp counselors trying to survive.