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How many Slasher Survival Horror Games exists?

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When I was a teenager, I remember playing Clock Tower on the Playstation and really enjoying it.  At the time, Resident Evil was the most well-known "Survival Horror" with an emphasis on puzzle solving rather than combat.  However, there was still an element of combat in Resident Evil and there were hordes of zombies to fight.  Clock Tower was awesome because there was basically one antagonist, Scissorman, and no combat.  You had to run, hide or use an object to temporarily disable him.

 

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Thanks to the wonders if the internet, much later on I learned that the Clock Tower which I knew was actually Clock Tower 2.  The original Clock Tower was only released in Japan for the SNES.  It was like that time when I learned that Final Fantasy III was actually Final Fantasy VI and that we missed three installments in the U.S.  Anyway, through the miracles of the internet today, an unofficial English translation exists.  It plays very similar to the Playstation sequel, except there is a Fear/Stamina element.  Basically running around (instead of walking) and encountering scares lowers the Fear/Stamina a few notches.  If you're at the lowest notch, you can't do much in "Panic" mode to fend off Scissorman.  If you do have enough juice, then Panic mode allows you to fight off an attack long enough to run to the next room while the chase continues.

 

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These two Clock Towers are both rare and amazing.  Was hoping folks knew of similar Slasher Survival Horror games out there?

 

I'd define Slasher Survival Horror as:

  1. Single main human antagonist.  FYI: I'd still consider Freddy or zombie Jason (Parts 6-9) to be human-like enough to count, but no aliens/ghosts/mutants.
  2. No hordes of 1-3 hit dumb monsters (e.g. throwing rocks at countless bats and zombies in the NES version of Friday the 13th).
  3. Lots of running and hiding when the main antagonist comes around.
  4. Decent amount of puzzle solving.
  5. Cheap scares.
  6. No combat.  Ideally the way to defeat the antagonist is some complex puzzle and doesn't involve the player being dexterous with some weapon.

Anyone have recommendations?


PS: Since this is an overlap of Horror & Video Game, I opted to just posted in the "All Things Horror" section.

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Here's a list of 13 Slasher Horror Games, but most of them don't fit your definition.
http://www.denofgeek.us/games/slasher-games/240490/13-slasher-horror-games-you-should-know

While I thought Outlast was great, I wouldn't call that "Slasher Survival Horror" myself, but it fits half your list.

I had totally forgotten about Halloween on the 2600.  I think even 30 years ago it made for better comedy than horror.

The Saw games could have been good, but they were pretty clunky, and more "torture porn" than slasher.

They didn't put Roberta Williams' super-clunky point-and-click adventure Phantasmagoria on their list, but that had some slasher aspects.  The full-motion video looked bad even in 1995.  I can't imagine what it looks like now (although I'm sure I could google it.)  It had a few good death scenes.  Too much pixel hunting for items to click on, though.
Although The Evil Within is more of a zombie horde game, the DLC especially has a lot of your slasher survival horror requirements, except the antagonist is not exactly human.  But there is lots of running, hiding, and distracting, with very little use of weapons, and even some puzzle solving.
Lumber Island is on Steam and has one menacing guy with an axe, but the whole things is really clunky and some of the puzzles are completely illogical.  It is also difficult to hide once the guy sees you.

Friday the 13th: The Game looks like it will be quite original, although I still hope to get some single player content, even if just a few short campaigns like the DLC for Alien: Isolation.
Oh yeah, there's Babysitter Bloodbath too.  :) It's free.

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Oh yeah, there's Babysitter Bloodbath too.  :) It's free.

 

And by the same creator as Babysitter Bloodbath (I believe) we have Power Drill Massacre. Ticks most of your boxes.

 

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Oh yeah, there's Babysitter Bloodbath too.  :) It's free.

 

 

And by the same creator as Babysitter Bloodbath (I believe) we have Power Drill Massacre. Ticks most of your boxes.

 

Thanks!  Just looked at some quick videos of Babysitter Bloodbath (and it's sequels).  It seems like exactly what I was hoping for.  The quasi-1st-person-perspective (i.e. the over the shoulder view) looks a little annoying compared to my preferred 3rd person perspective (as in Clock Tower), but beggars can't be choosers.  I'll have to give it a try sometime soon.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent could also be considered a slasher game by those rules.

It's pretty neat too.

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Anyone ever play the ObsCure games back in the day?

 

 

Played the first one but not all the way to the end, loved that you could play 2 player.

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Anyone ever play the ObsCure games back in the day?

The original ObsCure is one of my all time favorite games! Both games are available on Steam, and I really enjoy replaying the first one every now and again. The second one, not as much.

 

Clocktower was definitely one of my favorite PS1 games back in the 90's. Luckily, I still have the game and a portable PS1 so I can play when I get nostalgic hehe.

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