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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Review: Slayaway Camp - Butcher's Cut


Review: Slayaway Camp

I've seen enough movies to know that any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly.



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Slayawy Camp: Butcher's Cut
Blue Wizard Digtial | Nintendo Switch | Digital Only
1 Player
Reviewed by: Curtis Chapman | 22nd March 2018

* Review Code Provided by: Digerati *







Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your Switch.... Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut. Flip the script and play as one of many recognisable movie killers in this puzzle title from Blue Wizard Digital, out now on Nintendo Switch. Just how creative will your killing be?

Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween; while they all try hard to have you leaping out of your skin, it’s hard not to chuckle a little each time every time the main antagonist appears to reap his vengeance on a clueless teen. It might be the unrealistic nature of the whole thing, the cheesy special effects, goofy prosthetics or simply the ridiculously hammy dialog, though it’s never really been clear if the tongue in cheek humor was entirely intentional or simply a by-product of low production values. This mix of B-movie horror and dark humor is clear and intentional however in Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut, out now on Nintendo Switch.




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The complete edition of Blue Wizard Digitals puzzler and originally released on PC and mobile devices, this 3D sliding puzzle title tasks you with using iconic movie killers to dispatch the stereotypical teenage campers and counselors before swiftly making your escape. This new version adds extra levels, killers and more intricate and even more creative humorous ways to dispatch the innocent, unsuspectingly teens.

Swiping or using the joy-con (directional buttons or analog stick) will slide your killer across the screen, either horizontally or vertically, Only stopping when they bump into an object, an innocent, or fall into one of the games traps such as water, fire or holes. Campers flee when you are positioned closely and herding them around the level is often a puzzle in itself, using them to ensure you are positioned exactly where you need to be to make all required executions.

Occasionally the game will mix up the rules, such as limiting the number of moves that the player is allowed to use to kill all the civilians and escape or else face the wrath of the SWAT teams, keeping the levels fresh and enjoyable.




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While the games cute low-poly cuboids aesthetic may look child-friendly but when played as intended they are far from it and blood, decapitations, drowning and squashing are never in short supply. Luckily the game does contain both a gore and clean mode, selectable on your initial play. This tweaks the game’s many settings to ensure that no little eyes are scarred from attending an outdoor sleepover ever again. These can be further adjusted at any time from the games menu, finding that overall look and level of cartoon-like visceral horror that suits you.

Puzzles range from the mundane to the fiendishly difficult, though the introduction of new mechanics are introduced slowly and do a good job of not overwhelm the player when they pop up. Missteps are not the end of the world with rewind and fast forward buttons available in-game, providing a penalty-free way to move back and forward between all of the moves that have been made on your current attempt at the level. For those completely stumped there is also the option to be shown the solution to each puzzle, though this comes at a cost.

After finishing each puzzle you are awarded some coins and greeted with a short mini-game, requiring you to stop a horizontally sliding arrow within a zone, success in this executes a creative kill and earns you a few extra coins in the process. Coins can be spent at any time in the in-game shop, containing blind boxes of extra killers to play as and more extravagant kills to unlock in the form of purchasable “Gore Packs”. The amount of currency required for these purchases is variable though coins accumulate naturally through your playthrough. While it may be necessary to replay some of the levels to earn enough coins to purchase the 60+ killers and 90+ Gore Packs available in the store, the average player wouldn’t consider grinding all of these out a necessity for overall enjoyment.




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While some may still want to draw a direct comparison between both the Switch and mobile releases, it doesn’t change the fact that Slayaway camp is a fantastic puzzle title, perfectly suited for the consoles hybrid capabilities. With an insane amount of content and a cute but sadistic style of humour that will leave you feeling somewhat guilty as you chuckle away as you decapitate yet another camper, if you even remotely enjoy short puzzle titles and also have a penchant for slasher flicks of the 1980’s, picking this title up will be a no-brainer.


FOR THE WIN OR FOR THE BIN?



+ Over 300 puzzles.
+ Lots of collectables.
+ Perfect for short sessions.

- Audio can be somewhat repetative.
- Limited replay value.
- Not much is unique to each killer.

Verdict: Very Good Job - Recommended Buy



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