Artist Frank Browning and I have teamed up for countless blog posts over the course of the last several months, since arriving in each others' lives. But one area I've yet to tap into is Frank's incredible talent for 8-bit art, and whipping up images that look like they were pulled straight out of old school NES video games. Well, Frank and I have decided to remedy that, with a little recurring feature called NES Dream Games, where we imagine a world where some of our favorite horror movies were turned into Nintendo games back in the day, all for your viewing pleasure.
First up, we're gonna pretend that godawful Friday The 13th NES game from 1988 was never made. You know the one, the one that pit camp counselors not only against an atrocious looking Jason, but also wolves, zombies, and bats ... what the?! Suffice to say, the game wasn't exactly true to the movies it was based on, aside from the fact that it featured camp counselors getting killed by a dude in a purple jumpsuit and a baby blue hockey mask, whose weapon of choice was a giant toothbrush.
What if, instead, the game was actually based directly on the Friday The 13th movies, and you could play as a multitude of characters from those movies, and even choose adventures based on the individual installments? That's what Frank Browning envisioned for Friday The 13th : Anthology, an idea he and his friend Steven Morrison worked on and executed together. The ideas are pretty much 100% theirs, being that this concept was basically Frank's pitch to me for the feature, so I can't really take any of the credit on this one.
So pop in the cartridge and enjoy Friday The 13th : Anthology, an NES game that lives only in our dreams!
In addition to the regular 'Choose Your Adventure' game, where you play in environments from the different installments in the franchise, Frank also came up with the idea of a 'Versus' mode, where you get to pick two characters, and have them do battle against one another.
So let's say you were to pick Jason and Crazy Ralph...
I don't know about you, but I for one would love to see Tommy Jarvis kick Mrs. Voorhees' ass. And who the hell is the locked character, Frank, I just gotta know!!
Huge thanks to Frank and Steven for this. Expect many more of these in the future, and as we do more of them, and figure out the best ways to execute these ideas, I expect them to be even more awesome. So consider this a mere glimpse of the awesomeness that is to come!!