Video Game Review: Friday the 13th (NES)

I used to hate this game as a kid yet strangely, I still played the shit out of it.

I beat Jason Voorhees a few times but I never actually beat the game. I just assumed that every time you beat him, the game just cycled back to the beginning for you to start over again with Jason getting stronger each round. I never realized, until recently, that the game takes place over three days and thus, you have to beat Jason each day to actually complete the game.

So I finally beat this thing. I can’t say that it was all that satisfying, as it’s a game that’s insanely repetitive and that all the little side quests you’re told to do, don’t really matter in the grander scheme of things.

All you have to do is run to stop Jason, fight him, survive the encounter, wash, rinse, repeat. You don’t need to go fight his mom’s floating head, I didn’t really bother with the advice given on notes found throughout the cabins and I didn’t even get the torch to use on Jason. I beat him with the less powerful machete.

Overall, this is still a pretty mundane game. But if you apply yourself, you can crush the whole thing in under an hour. I used to think that it was hard and overly tedious but that’s only if you are sidetracked with side quests and aren’t just running to kick the shit out of Jason.

Just go kick his ass and I guess, light the fireplaces in the large cabins if you have the time to do so.

Rating: 5.5/10
Pairs well with: other horror games for the original NES but primarily A Nightmare On Elm Street.