Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game (Asymmetrical Cult Survival Horror)

 

Hate clowns? Too bad. This week, it’s all about Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the 1988 cult classic movie reborn as an asymmetrical horror game. If you loved the film or just enjoy a good old-fashioned creepy clown nightmare, this one’s got you covered. Imagine Dead by Daylight, Friday the 13th, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but with more makeup and even larger shoes that squeak annoyingly. Those games all allow you to choose if you want to play as the killer or the poor, unfortunate survivor. Pick your side and then try to defeat the other. Unlike those others, you don’t get to pick if you’re a murderous Klown or a poor, unfortunate human. You’re randomly assigned a side, which is kind of like getting a surprise gift. Will you be the murderous Klown, or will you be the poor, clumsy “Josh” character with the terrible fashion sense who can’t seem to escape the laughably deadly pranks that the Klown keeps coming up with?

 
 

You can play as a homicidal Klown or one of seven unlucky humans, along with some bots if the game isn’t full. Word of warning: the bots are dumber than a box of rocks. A round last approximately 15 minutes – completing a round is, simply put, an excruciatingly tense experience. You scavenge for melee weapons, firearms and tools, but while Killer Klowns from Outer Space gives out plenty of items, it also has an army of weirdos just waiting to hoard them. I had a match with one player who found both spark plugs you need to power up the boat – it’s what you’re supposed to do in a desperate situation and makes the most sense for a four-player escape scenario – but he didn’t even try to pop it in and get away. You can even play minigames while you’re spectating to contribute in a meaningful way to the team. Conversely, it can be a twisted delight to play as a Klown. You’re in the position of hunting humans, and you have the choice to either kill them straight away or first subdue them and stuff them into giant cotton candy cocoons. Killing humans might sound pretty sweet, but you can’t just keep doing it endlessly, unfortunately (or should I say, “fortunately”?). After a Klown is killed, it takes a mere 45 seconds for them to respawn. So, if that’s the case, shouldn’t we just act like Klowns all the time? “Respawn,” baby! “Respawn!” A nice touch is customization, which allows you to adjust and personalize your character – whether it’s a Klown or human – with various specializations. To be able to alter and make personal your murderous spree or your desperate and dangerous attempt to escape is always a lot of fun. In general, Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game has promise and will be fascinating to watch as it develops alongside top contenders. Until then, keep an eye out for those Klowns – they’re not here to juggle. There’s no laughter in their makeup.

 

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Written by Toni, Gatherer of Bones

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game
IllFonic, Teravision Games (developers), IllFonic Publishing (publisher)
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