The Evil Dead (video game)
|The Evil Dead|
Box art of The Evil Dead
|Developer(s)||Palace Virgin Gold|
|Designer(s)||Richard Leinfellner |
|Platform(s)||Commodore 64 |
|Genre(s)||Adventure, survival horror|
The Evil Dead was the first (and for some time, only) officially licensed video game based on the series. Starting with 2000's Evil Dead: Hail to the King, several other Evil Dead games have since been released, albeit from other publishers and with no direct connection to Palace's 1984 game.
The game is set in the 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.
Contemporary opinion and "computer nasties" controversy
Your Computer magazine's 1984 review noted then-contemporary concerns that gaming spin-offs of "video nasties" (such as The Evil Dead) might spawn similarly explicit "computer nasties". However, it considered that the game itself allayed any such fears, saying "you might have wondered if home computer graphics were capable of the sort of gory special effects video nasties trade in. The Evil Dead would confirm your doubts [..] there is nothing here to keep even the most unworldly 12-year-old awake at night".
Despite this, and the game's similarities to Atic Atac being noted, the review was generally positive, considering the graphics "excellent" and stating that there was "enough variety in it to keep the interest alive".
- Staff (January 2004). "Horror Movie Licenses". Retro Gamer (1): 71.
- "Software Shortlist (The Evil Dead)". Your Computer: 43. September 1984.
- "Software Shortlist (The Evil Dead)". Your Computer: 45. September 1984.
"the game turns out to be a distant relation of Atic Atac. [..] The Evil Dead sports some excellent graphics [..] there is enough variety in it to keep the interest alive for a good few playing hours.