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With Halloween right around the corner, there’s no better time to get stuck into some gore and isometric puzzle solving.

Slayaway Camp is a ‘killer’ puzzle game where you control Skullface; a psychotic slasher bent on slaughtering teenage counsellors at the campground. “In 1983, an innocent camp prank went terribly wrong. And now, one year later, the hideously disfigured victim has returned to take his gruesome revenge…”

Slide this adorable slasher around 200 plus isometric puzzle levels to squash, flay, and decapitate the smart-mouthed, over-sexed, substance-abusing, hapless teens in this darkly comic homage to 80s trash horror. Avoid traps, cops, SWAT, land mines and cats along the way.

Unlock videotapes and gore-packed cut scenes featuring wood-chippers, lawnmowers, Sumerian demon incantations, and more. There’s also an R18+ mode that features even more puzzle insanity (plus censored shower scenes). Starring Mark Meer (Shepard from Mass Effect) as Skullface and Derek Mears (Jason from Friday the 13th) as Jessica (hmmm). There are also unlockable slashers and a hair metal soundtrack by legendary Canadian group GNÜ TRUNTION

Slayaway Camp does a bang-up job of combining two of my favourite gaming tropes: Puzzle solving and gore. It has all the makings of a horror classic, so long as it doesn’t end like the film Sleepaway Camp (terrible ending).

Slayaway Camp is developed by Blue Wizard Digital who is based in Berlin. The game is available now for PC and Mac.

Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane

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