Gory puzzle game Slayaway Camp stalks onto iOS

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That weird place where Minecraft-type graphics meet slasher movies.
Photo: Blue Wizard Digital

Slasher movies and Apple were two of my favorite cultural entities to come out of the 1970s and 80s, which is why I’m so happy to see Slayaway Camp — a loving ode to the former — arrive in the App Store.

Previously available on PC via Steam, the game is a sliding puzzle game which owes more than a passing nod to the heyday of Friday the 13th, The Prowler, Prom Night and other legendary teen slashers.

Check out the suitably retro trailer below:

In the game, you control Skullface, a psycho killer with a penchant for camp counsellors. Your goal is to slide the unnervingly cute killer around hundreds of isometric levels, attempting to hunt down victims without accidentally plunging into a trap in the process.

Yes, it’s a weird mashup of genres, but it’s also a love letter to a genre that I suspect a lot of other people my age will have fond memories of. (And for all its goriness it does have a pretty wicked sense of humor, so you’re unlikely to be too sickened!)

As Touch Arcade points out, there have been a few concessions made for the game’s arrival on iOS. All mention of teens have been removed, while you can also control the levels of blood using sliders that remind me of the old Mortal Kombat blood codes of my youth.

No, Valentine’s Day isn’t the most natural time for a game like this to arrive on iOS, but it’s certainly not something I’m going to complain about!

You can download Slayaway Camp from the App Store for $2.99.