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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

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You are Richard B. Riddick, a convicted criminal with a record as long as War and Peace. You are the most wanted man in the known universe, and you have just been captured and arrested. You are being transported to Butcher Bay, a triple-maximum-security prison, the deadliest prison ever built. No one has ever escaped, and those who tried have been killed. Will you be the first?

As Riddick, you must find your way out of the prison and to safety. You begin in a cell, and soon, hell breaks out. You are left with nothing to defend yourself, so you must find a machine which will allow you to use guards weapons, otherwise you will be shocked, as they are DNA protected.

Throughout your adventure, you will explore the prison complex, caverns, mines, the triple-security area, and even the palace area, where all of the administration is housed.

To help you escape, you will have access to a small but deadly arsenal of weapons, such as a pistol and machine gun. There are a number of melee weapons available too, like a wrench or shiv (shard of glass).

You will have to take on several different enemies, from guards to prisoners to robotics to mutated humans, also called 'dwellers' who lives deep below under the prison.

Vin Diesel voices Riddick. The game is a prequel to the 1999 film Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as Richard Riddick, the anti-hero.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows Dwellers have soft, gooey bodies that pop nicely when shot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows These unusual Riot Armor units are exclusive to the PC. They look tough, but go down just like the rest of em.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows Fighting in the ring for cash. Riddick's got a wide assortment of punches. Here, he's up against Sarge from Quake III.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows A Riot Guard gets into a fight with a really, really big alien monster

Alternate Titles

  • "超世纪战警:逃离屠场" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Developer's Cut" -- PC title
  • "Kroniki Riddicka: Ucieczka z Butcher Bay" -- Polish title
  • "A Batalha de Riddick: Fuga de Butcher Bay" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

The Chronicles of Riddick is a game best appreciated with no expectation. Windows diglot.net (28)
The Great Escape Xbox Classic Nigel (150)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Xbox Jun 11, 2004 5 out of 5 100
Cheat Code Central Windows 2004 5 out of 5 100
Gamesmania Windows Jan 25, 2005 92 out of 100 92
Gaming Target Xbox Jun 08, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamereactor (Sweden) Windows Jan 10, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Feb 03, 2005 18 out of 20 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Windows Dec 13, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Thunderbolt Games Xbox Dec 06, 2004 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Dec 14, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88


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1001 Video Games

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The characters Moonlight and Soup were named after developers Michael "Moonlight" Graham and Cris "Soup" Lee respectively.


Three weeks after the release, the original video game soundtrack was made available for free. It includes music from the game and four exclusive mixes. All tracks are composed and performed by Gustaf Grefberg and assistant composer Johan Althoff. Download it here.

Windows version

The PC version of the game has the Developer's Cut subtitle as it includes two added levels (Security Research 1&2). In these, set just before Tower 19, the player gets to explore a bit more of the military complex and can use a Riot Guard mecha suit. Additionally, there's a briefing room for the bad guys in the level which contains a billboard with pictures of the entire Starbreeze Studios team and, in a nearby room, a hidden pack of cigarettes that unlocks a DVD trailer and some behind-the-scenes stuff concentrating on the development team. It also has a Developer's Commentary, which occasionally appears when playing through portions of a level that have a noteworthy piece of trivia


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2005 - #10 Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Action Game of the Year
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Coolest Menu System of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #7 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2004 - The "Reverse Mario Brothers" Award for the Best Game Based on the Worst Movie (Xbox)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2005 - Best Music in 2004
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2004 - Unsung Hero Game of the Year Award
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2005 - Game with the Longest Title in 2004
Information also contributed by Cris Lee, piltdown man, Zack Green and Zovni.

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