A history of Friday the 13th in video games

Friday the 13th. Superstitiously the unluckiest day of the year. But in 1980, it proved to be particularly unlucky for a bunch of fictional summer camp councelors at the Crystal Lake resort, as a bloody reign of terror began in the first Friday the 13th movie. That legendary gore rampage has continued through nine sequels, a Nightmare on Elm St. crossover and a more-fun-than-it-had-any-right-to-be remake, and has cemented hockey-masked aficionado of disembowellment Jason Voorhees as one of horror cinema's most iconic antagonists. So, with today itself being Friday the 13th, we thought it was high-time for an in-depth retrospective look at the movie franchise's storied history with our beloved video game medium.

Yeah, basically there were only two Friday the 13th games, one on the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum in 1986, and one on the NES in 1989. Both were utter crap, and the NES version is widely accepted to be one of the worst games of all time.

Friday the 13th:


May 13, 2011


  • EsotericFerret - May 16, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    I can remember renting the NES Friday the 13th WAY back when. I also remember not getting very far and returning it early.
  • philipshaw - May 15, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Well done
  • jmcgrotty - May 14, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Hehe, loved this "story"... great lead and then straight to the point. Was initially curious how you were going to pad it out. Glad you didn't. Though, while I didn't have the NES version (my uncle did and I borrowed it back in the day), I can say very accurately that it wasn't the worst NES game ever. Good? No. But there were worse. It wasn't even the worst movie/tv-show tie-in game. Festers Quest was worse in my eyes.
  • SilentTee - May 14, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    I had Friday the 13th for NES and I don't think I ever beat it. But then again, I never really tried because as lame as it was, it did scare the crap out of me. Same with that horrible Nightmare on Elm Street NES game.
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - May 13, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    Pretty stunning there's only two Friday The 13th games. Not stunning that both suck.
  • Biopiate - May 13, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    I used to have the one for NES when I was a kid. . . Used to scare the shit out of me too.
  • garnsr - May 13, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    I figured Splatterhouse would be tossed in, too.
  • OptimashSlime - May 13, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Well, this was insightful!
  • db1331 - May 13, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    How can you post this article without linking to the Angry Video Game Nerd review of it?
  • paganpoet - May 13, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    My birthday is today. Every seven years, I have a Friday the 13th birthday. Every seven years, I also have a Mother's Day birthday.
  • DecoyOctorok - May 13, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    I still think that the music playing inside of the cabins is creepy. Unfortunately Jason apparently ran out of fresh laundry and was forced to wear a purple tracksuit with a pair of Vans.
  • GayforGilbert - May 13, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Should've included cameos/inspirations. Vice City comes to mind, as does Splatterhouse.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 13, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    That was... surprisingly short. I LIKE IT!
  • 8bitBaby - May 13, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    really? only 2? they could probably make a pretty good FT13th game nowadays but make it so you could play as the survivors (counselors) or as Jason. i owned the nes version. the music stuck with me because i hate the game soooooo much. i saw a guy beat it in 3 mins --> that's all there is to the game. all the other stuff means nothing NOTHING!
  • robertpopovic - May 13, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Ahw, I was actually expecting Voorhees-inspired games or tributes, like the Splatterhouse games or finding his mask in Blood 1.
  • XxUnlucky777xX - May 13, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Hey that's my name! :D Above Mr. Face of course, lol
  • Misterscaryface - May 13, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    for some reason I thought there were more friday the 13th games...guess not.

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