The Evil Dead (video game)

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This article is about the original Evil Dead computer game. For later games associated with the film, see The Evil Dead (disambiguation).
The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead
Box art of The Evil Dead
Developer(s) Palace Virgin Gold
Publisher(s) Palace Software
Designer(s) Richard Leinfellner
Keith Miller
Platform(s) Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Adventure
Survival horror
Mode(s) Single player

The Evil Dead is a survival horror and adventure game produced by Palace Software for the Commodore 64. A version was also written for the ZX Spectrum but this was never released on its own and eventually appeared free with the Spectrum version of Cauldron. It was the first in a series of Evil Dead themed video games on various platforms.


The game is set at the infamous cabin from the Evil Dead film. The player controls Ash, and must close cabin windows to prevent monsters from entering, while also killing monsters that are already in the cabin.

As the player defeats monsters with various weapons (shovels, shotguns, and axes), Ash's energy level decreases. Ash must continuously pick up new weapons in order to increase his energy. Once he has defeated all the monsters, Ash must obtain The Book of the Dead and destroy it in order to defeat the evil.


The game was not released as a stand-alone title for the ZX Spectrum, but instead as a game on the "B"-side of Cauldron.[1]


Retro Gamer stated that while the game was simplistic by current standards, it was "fun to play (for about five minutes anyway)".[1]


  1. ^ a b Staff (January 2004). "Horror Movie Licenses". Retro Gamer (1): 71. 

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