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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 Xbox Most actions, like climbing, hanging or riding an elevator, happen in third person.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows Shootout. The screen takes on a blue-ish tinge when Riddick's concealed by shadows, but it doesn't work if you start shooting people.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows The rather poorly named Flamingos are supposed to be the ultimate robot enforcers... in truth, they can't even penetrate your armor.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Windows A not-so secret chat with Double Max big dog Jagger Valance, who's something of a wuss despite being played by Ron Perlman. Check the bullet hole in his arm, and the pair of angry guards behind him.

Promo Images

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Magazine Advertisement
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Screenshot
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Other From February 2004 #130 issue


Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Absolute Games ( Windows Dec 20, 2004 93 out of 100 93 Xbox Jul 27, 2005 92 out of 100 92 Windows Feb 22, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Playback Windows Jul, 2006 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 03, 2005 18 out of 20 90 Xbox Dec 21, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 24, 2004 88 out of 100 88
1UP Xbox Jun 02, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Games TM Xbox Aug 12, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Console Obsession Xbox May 31, 2010 8 out of 10 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
xbox 360 compatibility 3 BurningStickMan (18030)
Oct 16, 2009


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


  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Console Direction of the Year
    • 2004 – Best Console Music of the Year
    • 2004 – Biggest Console Surprise of the Year
  • 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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