PopCap founder's next game is a Friday the 13th puzzler about grids and cartoon murder

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I can't decide whether Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is cute or horrifying. Its voxel-based design and exaggerated cartoonish characters seem completely innocent until masked killer Jason Voorhees comes along and shoves a kebab skewer through somebody's skull.  

It's from Blue Wizard Digital, a developer that was set up by Jason Kapalka, co-founder of PopCap (Peggle, Plants vs Zombies). Blue Wizard made Slayaway Camp (opens in new tab) in 2016, which was about moving a murderer around a grid based map and splattering the blood of scared counselors by plotting the most efficient route possible. The main mechanic was that you moved in one direction at a time, and kept going until you hit an object. You could then move in a different direction. So you had to plan your route carefully, often backtracking until you had the perfect line of attack to finish the puzzle.

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzler looks to be the same deal, only it's got the official movie license. That means you get to unlock lots of different Jasons: Aqua Jason, Apocalypse Jason, Uber Jason—they're all here. You'll steer his various forms through more than 100 levels, including Manhattan high rises and high-security prisons, and the game promises that you'll have access to a huge range of grotesque killing instruments. 

The game is out on April 13 on Steam (yup, it's a Friday). Here are a few screenshots:

Oh, and to give you a sense of what gore in this game looks like, here's the aforementioned kebab skewer kill. It might just ruin your appetite.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.