We don’t end up doing many game reviews at Into-The-Dark because the kind of horror games I enjoy don’t come around that often and – well, with all the movies and conventions I go to, regretfully video games tend to be a time suck I can rarely afford. But the upcoming Sanitarium Massacre is my kind of game, so I thought I’d better give it a plug. (On that note, if you’re looking for a gig where you can write about games and not get paid, then boy do I have a deal for you! Drop me a line. Seriously.)
Sanitarium Massacre is an old school slasher game where you get to play the part of an escaped mental patient, roaming the darkend halls of a hospital, just doing that evil thing you do.
From the game developer: “Neokalus Burr, a notorious serial killer, is caught in a violent and deadly home invasion. Shot nearly to death by police, he is locked away in a state hospital for the mentally ill. Tonight, after 8 mute years staring at a wall, he escapes from his cell on a campaign of destruction and terror. It’s almost as if he’s possessed by a demon. You are that demon. Rip through the halls of the sanitarium committing shocking acts of violence. No one will be safe. You will kill them all in “Sanitarium Massacre.”
If that scenario sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because this game started life as “Halloween 3D,” based on the popular Halloween movie franchise. Unfortunately Pig Farmer Games, the indie developer behind Halloween 3D, didn’t have the resources to license the Halloween name, so they did the next best thing and retooled it into Sanitarium Massacre.
I have to say, the packaging alone had me pretty excited. The game (which runs on Windows PCs) comes in a case that looks like a vintage 80s VHS tape, and it even has a VHS game mode for that old rental tape look. It also features the 3rd person perspective that should be familiar if you were as into the old Resident Evil games as I was.
Sanitarium Massacre will be available in 2013 (making this more of a preview than a review) but you can get a taste by checking out the trailers below.
Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)