Consoles

The Evil Dead has a history in home video gaming that stretches all the way back to the mid-1980s. In this section you’ll find information on the titles that have been developed and distributed in the good name of our beloved franchise.

#1 – 1980s

Title: The Evil Dead
Year: 1984
Platform(s): Commodore 64; ZX Spectrum
Coder: Richard Leinfellner
Musician: Keith Miller
Genre: Arcade, Miscellaneous
Players: 1 Only

Description: Billed as a game of “skill and strategy”, the game puts you in the role of Ash as you battle to survive the night. In order to survive you must find the ‘Book of the Dead’ and destroy it. Are you game?

Notes: The C64 version was the only one to have a stand-alone release. The ZX Spectrum version was released as the B-side to another Palace Software title, ‘Cauldron’.

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#2 – 1990s & 2000s

The franchise was left unexplored in the 1990s but Bruce Campbell lent his vocal talents to several games in the latter half of the decade:

Bruce continued his vocal work in several games in the 00s outside of the Evil Dead franchise. These were:

  • Tachyon-The Fringe [Year: 2000; Format(s): PC]
  • Spider-Man [Year: 2002; Format(s): PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance]
  • Spider-Man 2 [Year: 2004; Format(s): GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable]
  • Ant-Bully [Year: 2006; Format(s): PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC, Wii]
  • Spider-Man 3 [Year: 2007; Format(s): Game Boy Advance, PC, Mobile, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 & 3, PlayStation Portable, TV game, Wii, Xbox 360]
  • Hellboy: The Science of Evil [Year: 2008; Format(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360]
  • Cars 2 – The Video Game [Year: 2011; Format(s): Mac, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Mobile, Xbox 360]
  • The Amazing Spider-Man [Year: 2012; Format(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii, Mobile,Wii U]

Meanwhile back at the cabin….

At the end of the 90s, and as interest in the Evil Dead franchise was starting to increase, it was announced that THQ had purchased the rights to produce video games based on the movies. Hurrah! The first of these titles was ‘Evil Dead: Hail to the King’ (originally developed under the title ‘Evil Dead: Ashes to Ashes’) in 2000. The cross-platform survival horror game took a big cue from Capcom’s ‘Resident Evil’ series and brought in Bruce Campbell to, once again, pick Ash’s bloodied chainsaw. The results were… frustrating, and the reviews, sadly, were largely derogatory, but the appeal was there and THQ would later publish two more games bearing the Evil Dead name : Fistful of Boomstick (2003) and Regeneration (2005). As of November 2012, THQ were in liquidation.

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Title: Evil Dead – Hail to the King

Year: 2000
Platform(s): PlayStation, Dreamcast, PC
Developer(s): Heavy Iron Studios
Genre: Survival Horror
Players: 1 Only

Description: Evil Dead: Hail to the King features a mix of action, puzzles, and suspense. Set eight years after the third film, you are Ash, who is being drawn back to the cabin in the woods. So grab your boomstick (shotgun) and chainsaw because it is time to save the world again from the forces of evil. Gameplay allows Ash to attack separately with weapons in both his left and right hands. View the game trailer and the TV teaser commercial below.

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Title: Evil Dead – Fistful of Boomstick

Year: 2003
Platform(s): PlayStation 2, XBox
Developer(s): VIS Entertainment
Genre: Action
Players: 1 Only

Title: Evil Dead – Regeneration

Year: 2005
Platform(s): PlayStation2, XBox, PC
Developer(s): Cranky Pants Games
Genre: Action
Players: 1 Only

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