Inspired by the movie of the same title, Friday the 13th takes place at Crystal Lake where you and six counselors are watching over the children staying at the Camp. The weather is perfect with the sun shining bright every day while the nights are cool and clear. Nothing could go wrong in this idyllic place. Nothing except the presence of a manic killer called Jason Voorhees. Jason is on a rampage and it is up to you to stop him. You must search Jason out before he kills the children or the other counselors in the Camp. An alarm will sound when Jason is close to killing someone and you must find him before times runs out. Fail to find Jason and one more camp members will become his victims. Of course, things are complicated by the fact that the trails in the camp are infested by zombies and other creatures that will attack as you traverse the paths, enter the forest, or even take a boat in the lake.
Friday the 13th is a novel implementation for a side-scrolling game but it fails at its task. There is little suspense in the game because the zombies and other monsters do constantly appear and attack you. You can gain new weapons to defend yourself and there are items that you can find to help you along the way. Entering the cabin changes the game to a first-person perspective that does not work very well. You can find children in these cabins or you may even find Jason himself. Visually, the game is well done. The graphics are colourful and the characters have nice detail. The music also works well and adds to the ambiance. Sadly, the game just doesn’t really have that fun factor.
The music also works well and adds to the ambiance. Sadly, the game just doesn’t really have that fun factor.