Ever Wish There Existed A Horror Movie Fighting Game? Wish No More — Enter “Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen”

Terrordrome is a fan-made 2D fighting game featuring arguably the most popular horror franchise villains of the 80s, 90s and 2000s. After first reading about this in high school, I kept tabs on its rather lengthy development, on and off, for the next half-decade or so, until a year ago when the final version (2.9.5) was released, free of charge, via the game’s official website (click here, download tab on the left-hand side of the screen). I remember giving the game a quick play, and having my mind blown, but failing to progress very far, and eventually forgetting about it entirely. The downside, you see, is it’s next to impossible to play, and therefore enjoy, with a keyboard. At least for me. The good news is, if you’re like me and you suck with a keyboard and don’t have one of those high-fangled PC-specific gaming controllers, it’s possible to plug an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 controller into your PC’s HDMI ports and use it, all you have to do is download the software necessary to program the controller. I’ve just never gotten around to it. Yet. But mark my words, that day will come. As such, this is less a review than a preview.

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PLAYABLE CHARACTERS
•Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series
•Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series
•Ash from the Evil Dead series
•Michael Myers from the Halloween series
•Chucky from the Child’s Play series
•”Classic” and “Undead” versions of Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series
•Ghostface from the Scream series
•The Tall Man from the Phantasm series
•Maniac Cop from the series of the same name
•Candyman from the series of the same name
•Herbert West from the Re-Animator series
•Pinhead from the Hellraiser series
•Pumpkinhead from the series of the same name

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Each of these characters comes with a set of unique moves, special attacks and devastating “Unleashed” abilities you can access a full list of at anytime during gameplay by pressing ESC. Characters are encountered in stages inspired by memorable settings from each of their respective franchises, like Camp Crystal Lake, the high school from Scream, and the cabin from Evil Dead, complete with background music ripped from the movies. Oh hell yeah.

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Now, there are three modes of gameplay — yer classic, arcade-style story mode, two-player versus mode, and training. One of the coolest and most original aspects of this thing is that every character’s story starts off with a different two-frame cut-scene.

As you can tell from the screen-shots above, Terrordrome’s graphics are realistically rendered. Its mechanics are also pretty solid. However, its best feature might be its music, and audio clips, and overall attention to detail to the movies it pays homage to. This was clearly a labor of love. And now, it’s a dream come true for us young people that not only grew up on horror movies, but Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

THE CONS
•There’s no block button
•There’s no stage select
•There’s no options menu, as far as I’m aware of
•The cut-scenes are riddled with typos

EDIT
Silly me, the game was in full screen. There is an options menu and stage select. Good deal.

Download it. Play it. Let me know what you think.

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2 Responses to “Ever Wish There Existed A Horror Movie Fighting Game? Wish No More — Enter “Terrordrome: Rise of the Boogeymen””

  1. Thanks for showcasing this. Looks tops. Though I also only have a keyboard so it may not be too much fun for me.

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