Evil Dead: Hail to the King

Critic Score User Score
Dreamcast
47
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PlayStation
51
2.5
Windows
46
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Description

Ash, the square-jawed, insult-spewing, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed hero from the cult classic Evil Dead trilogy is back. Picking up eight years after the last installment of the Evil Dead films, Ash is drawn back to the infamous cabin in the woods only to again face evil forces that have crossed over to our world. Our hero finds himself slicing and dicing carnivorous Kandarian demons, vicious deadites, and other unspeakable atrocities spawned by the notorious Book of the Dead. And in true Evil Dead fashion, Ash must once again attempt to save the world from an appalling and horrific end. Evil Dead: Hail to the King is a survival horror game with over-the-top bloodlust and signature Ash humor--all within the confines of the Evil Dead universe.

Screenshots

Evil Dead: Hail to the King PlayStation Shack
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows The Church Door puzzle in an in-jokey homage to the original Evil Dead
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash disembowels a deadite in the cabin's cellar movie room. Notice that Ash fails to cast a shadow on the screen.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash's original girlfriend Linda has a body that won't quit, but not much of a head on her shoulders. Mostly because we chopped it in half.

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User Reviews

A perfect example of a brilliant idea going horribly wrong. Windows Sycada (175)
Evil Dead: Hail to the king rules Dreamcast Ryan Cerny (3)

Critic Reviews

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Apr 07, 2001 65 out of 100 65
Gameswelt PlayStation Aug 02, 2001 64 out of 100 64
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 2001 61 out of 100 61
Quebec Gamers PlayStation Mar 07, 2013 5.9 out of 10 59
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 5.6 out of 10 56
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Jul 30, 2001 10 out of 20 50
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Jul 27, 2001 10 out of 20 50
4Players.de PlayStation Jul 24, 2001 49 out of 100 49
IGN Windows Apr 24, 2001 3.8 out of 10 38
Game Over Online Windows May 14, 2001 32 out of 100 32

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Trivia

Ending (Army of Darkness spoiler!)

The ending to the game is obviously a homage to the original ending of Army of Darkness, in which Ash ends up stranded and alone in a post-apocalyptic world. As this was considered too dark for domestic audiences, the American version of the film was given a happier, save-the-day-get-the-girl ending that the more hardcore of the film's fans found dissatisfying.

Extras

A trailer for the game comes on the DVD for Evil Dead 2.

Sounds

Much of the short "jump" music that plays when a monster pops out in front of you can also be heard in the PC game Nocturne by Terminal Reality.

Soundtrack

Like the game's soundtrack, but don't want to spend additional money on the soundtrack CD THQ is advertising? Don't worry, the game's entire soundtrack is available in the program folder in Evildead/Evildead/Data/ unencrypted in WAV format. Just listen to it in Winamp. This only applies to the PC version, however.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan

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