I know to you young whippersnappers the original Alone in the Dark games probably don’t seem very scary, but I remember jumping out of my computer chair more than once while playing them. Sure the graphics look dated now, but if this scene doesn’t make you hate clowns …
Lots of people who hung out in arcades back in the 1980s have fond memories of the classic shooter Crossbow, but few people seem to remember its more obscure cousin: Chiller.
Unlike Crossbow (where the object was to protect your band of adventurers), the point of 1986’s Chiller was to torture people and shoot things like decapitated heads and mummies and black cats. For what it’s worth, many of the background objects were interactive as well. For example, by shooting the stretching rack you could rip people in two. As you may have suspected, Chiller was released a few years before video game ratings were invented.
As you might imagine, Chiller sold poorly in the United States and some countries (like the UK) outright banned it. Despite overall poor sales, Chiller was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 with a few slight modifications (the nudity was removed, for example). It didn’t sell too well, either.
So my “friend” loved this game and played it often. Stop looking at me. Okay it was me! Is that what you want to hear? I was carried away in the fantasy alright! It is a magical world where a person can find love in the unlikeliest of places — something we can all relate to…stop judging me.