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Evil Dead: Hail to the King (Windows)

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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 Windows Blood spurts as Ash disembowels a deadite
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash takes on a deadite-possessed Scoutmaster Nugent (remember him?), aka Doughboy
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash battles the Evil Tree. At least he doesn't have to put up with any sicko tentacle lovin' like in Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Ash battles his skeletal doppleganger inside the church. Unintentional Ecstatica reference, maybe?

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User Reviews

A perfect example of a brilliant idea going horribly wrong. Sycada (175) unrated

The Press Says

PC Action May 03, 2001 66 out of 100 66
PC Games (Germany) May 15, 2001 63 out of 100 63
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2001 61 out of 100 61
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 15, 2001 51 out of 100 51
Super Play Jun, 2001 5 out of 10 50
ActionTrip Apr 13, 2001 40 out of 100 40
IGN Apr 24, 2001 3.8 out of 10 38
GameSpot Apr 30, 2001 3.4 out of 10 34
GameStar (Germany) May, 2001 27 out of 100 27
PC Jeux Jul, 2001 10 out of 100 10

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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.

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Matthew Bailey (1143) added Evil Dead: Hail to the King (Windows) on Mar 21, 2001
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