Speaking of mechanics, Slayaway runs as smooth as it can get. Movement is crisp and fast, and you’re given the ability to adjust camera angles in a variety of ways, enabling you to try and get a better perspective on how to solve a puzzle. If you fail (or if that ornery crocodile gets you), Slayaway offers a rewind button, allowing you to go back turn by turn and fix your mistake. If you mess up terribly, there’s also a quick restart button that will do just what it says: restart you from the beginning.
Speaking of hacking away, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this game is extremely violent (No shit, right?). Luckily, most of the gore and guts is playfully depicted, and the usage of blocky sprite characters helps cut down on the shocking gore. However, if you still can’t stomach this carnage, Blue Wizard has implemented a gore slider, allowing you to adjust the blood and guts to your liking. This is an interesting feature, and a smart move on their part, just in case some youngins want to test the waters of this game. My thoughts on this game are simple. It’s awesome. Slayaway is a well thought out, well executed, and well-balanced puzzle game. Sure, at times I wished the puzzles would have been a little more difficult, but you just can’t knock this game. If you’re a fan of the genre horror time period or even a teenage kid who only knows Jason as “That guy that fought the guy from the dream movies” you’ll like this game.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review.
+ Top Notch Mechanics
+ Great nostalgia value
+ Good sense of humor
+ Fun currency system
- Could be considered too easy at times.