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Friday the 13th (NES)

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Based on the popular movie franchise, Friday the 13th casts you as one of six camp counselors (three girls or three boys) at the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, and you are tasked with destroying Jason Voorhees once and for all.

To get to Jason, you must run around a camp, killing zombie ghouls and collecting weapons, until you hear an alarm sound. When that alarm goes off, it means Jason has entered a cabin and you must find him.

To save time, you can switch between all six counselors, depending on where you are. Once you enter the house that Jason is in, the game switches to a 3D-esque maze in which you have to hurt Jason with the items you collected. Once he's been damaged enough, he'll run away, only to sound another alarm later and enter another house.


Friday the 13th NES Exploring a house
Friday the 13th NES Finding some children
Friday the 13th NES Viewing map and choosing characters
Friday the 13th NES In a cave

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Jason Voorhees goes 8-bit Dbchannel (115) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
Rambling Action/Adventure Game22 (42) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
Jason Jumps The Shark ETJB (450) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
I wish xbox would come up a new Friday the 13th!!!! William Manning (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamervision Oct 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80
NES Times Oct 13, 2006 7 out of 10 70
1UP! Oct 31, 2012 63 out of 100 63
Lens of Truth Feb 16, 2009 4 out of 10 40
Just Games Retro Aug 11, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
HonestGamers Jul 21, 2004 4 out of 10 40 Feb, 2005 2.6 out of 10 26
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2008 2 out of 10 20


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The game itself is not based off of one movie in the series. Rather, a combination of the first 7 films and developer 'creativity':

- The opening title screen with Jason's mask is taken from the poster for Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter
- Jason never acquired his mask until Part 3.
- The version of Jason depicted on the box cover is from Part 7: The New Blood. Part 8 was out in theatres when the game was released.
- Other than Jason and his mother, none of the other characters in the game are found in the films

Furthermore, the storyline for the game is separate from the films and is an inconsistent one, as Jason is supposed to be after the camp counsellors, not the children (amongst other things).


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Worst Movie to Game

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    JPaterson (9550) added Friday the 13th (NES) on Oct 04, 2002