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Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut (Switch)

Posted by GG Goblin On April - 5 - 2018

Murder on the move.

I am not entirely sure how fellow travelers on bus or train will take to the gruesome screams as defenseless campers are torn limb from limb, or set on fire. But now, Switch slasher fans will be able to find out as Blue Wizard Digital’s highly enjoyable Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut has arrived on the Nintendo Switch, amidst a shower of blood.


Having already played Slayaway Camp on a couple of platforms, I knew what to expect when I started the game up. But for those who have yet to experience the not so delicate gameplay, Slayaway Camp is an isometric sliding puzzle game. This style of game has been around for ages, and involves sliding the target in one of four directions, with the target continuing to move until they reach an obstacle.

In Slayaway Camp, the target is a serial killer, and the objectives on each of the levels generally involve coming alongside innocent campers in the Summer camp style setting. With the serial killer reaching a camper from behind or to one side, the camper will inevitably come to a grisly end, while approaching from the front will usually result in the camper running away, which can have its own reward. Once all of the campers on a screen have been murdered, the player has to guide their killer to the exit portal to complete the level.

Obstacles around the level will force the player to plan their route. Rocks or fences will cause the sliding to stop, while sliding into a bonfire will be an instant, and rather painful, fail. As the player works their way through the many levels of the game, more obstacles are added to keep the killing fresh, such as book cases that need to be knocked over to close a path, or even the arrival of Swat to arrest our killer. Add to this that many of the levels have a limited number of moves that the player can use before the police arrive, and the goal of killing everything that moves becomes that bit trickier.

Slayaway Camp pays homage to the eighties slasher movies, and does it so well. The first killer that the player gets to use is Skullface, but through the money earned from completing levels, players are able to purchase loads more skins from the in game store to customise their experience. The skins include all manner of well known serial killers from the popular slasher movies, through to the more quirky choices such as Skullface’s mum. There are many skins to choose from, so players wanting to unlock them all will need to grind a lot to earn enough money.


The money can also be used to unlock new kill animations. Every now and again, on killing a camper, the player will be treated to a deliciously gruesome cut scene. They are bloody and over the top, but it is difficult to be offended due to the colourful and retro style of the visuals. However, people do get offended, so the ability to tweak the level of gore in the game is welcome, although the gore really is a lot of fun.

Some of the levels can be devilishly tricky, especially when new mechanics are introduced that may not be fully understood. Should the player come to a grinding halt on their murder spree, they can spend some of that hard earned in-game cash on hints, or even level walkthroughs. Players can also rewind the game with the press of a button, so mistakes do not necessarily mean starting the level all over again.

The Butcher’s Cut version of the game includes all of the previously released DLC, which means that players have even more items to buy than in the vanilla version, and also means that there are over 300 puzzles to work through, which will be enough to keep any serial killer off the streets for a long time to come. There is a lot of game here, and the cute yet sinister visuals, along with the 80’s movie references, make it all very easy to enjoy.


Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is an excellent fit for the Nintendo Switch. The game has already been on most platforms, including mobile, but is so easy to pick up and play that it could be one of very few games that would be worth picking up again just to play on the Switch. The slasher theme and over the top violence will not be for everyone, but players have the choice to adjust the game to their own sensibilities. Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is a great little puzzle game that deserves a place in most Switch libraries.




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