Slayaway Camp is a brilliant new action game that sees you taking on the role of a pyshotic killer. Not in a weird way though. It’s an homage to the finest era of the slasher movie - the 80’s - when no teen was safe from the hacking blows of some maniac swamp-dweller.
So I thought I’d write up a little bit of a guide for the game, so you know what you’re going to be doing when you get started. I mean, you’re going to be murdering super cute little polygon people, but there’s more to it than that.
Here then are some hints and tips to get you up to speed. Oh, and if you want to download the game just bash the link in the emboldened name just below the end of this here paragraph. And if you're not sold on the game yet, check out the Pocket Gamer review here.
The first thing you need to understand is that you simply cannot be stopped. Except by walls and murder victims.
Essentially the game is a sliding block puzzler, it just so happens that the block you’re sliding has a machete and a penchant for ripping people’s hearts out.
But this puts you at an advantage, because from the get-go you can see the limits of your movement. That means you can plan your attacks before time.
There are two other key ideas at play in the game, and they blend together to create a beautiful mess of potential butchery.
First there’s the fact that you can scare your victims. Slide next to one of them without murdering them and they’ll pelt it in the opposite direction as fast as they can.
Second there’s the traps. If you or any unsuspecting youth walks into one of these, then it’s lights out for good.
That means you don’t have to tackle each murder head-on. Instead you can send the screaming soon-to-be-dead running around the screen and let them create their own means of perishing.
Remember that this only works with victims though. Cops aren’t as easily spooked, and if there’s a red crosshair in front of them they’re going to bash your skull in if you stop in it.
Try and make sure you get all the extra kills in at the end of each episode. These are QTEs and you’ll need to stop the swinging bar in the red section to succeed. You’ll get extra coins if you do.
If you get stuck you can skip an episode by paying some coins. It’s always worth getting the hint before you do that though, just in case there’s something that you’ve missed.