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Personality can only carry a game so far. There's got to be some substance to the gameplay if it's going to have any staying power. Strip away the dark humor and Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut looks like little more than a basic slide puzzle, quick to fall into the trap of repetition. But the game seems to have mastered the technique of the slow burn. Over time, it introduces more moves, trickier obstacles, and more mind-bending ways to interact with the environment. This gradual build doesn't just keep things from feeling stale, but also keeps adding extra layers of difficulty to consider, giving players a constant sense of both challenge and accomplishment. Put all the pieces together, and you wind up with a bloody balanced brainteaser and one truly killer puzzle game.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 20, 2018)
Slayaway Camp is a smart, well-crafted puzzle game that transcends its niche trappings in such a way that even if horror movies aren’t your bag, you should still keep an eye out on this excellent game. It takes a basic concept and never lingers too long on one idea, continually adding new and novel twists. For the several hours it will take you to finish, Slayaway Camp stays fresh, avoiding the common problems of the horror movies it draws influence from. Even when mimicking the absurdity of later Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street movies, it stays inventive and fun.
Nintendo Insider (Apr 14, 2018)
Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is ridiculous fun, but more so if you’re a fan of the old school horror films it imitates. Nothing here is taken seriously, except for the puzzles themselves which are often fiendishly difficult, but always fair. As a package, it manages to evoke an odd nostalgia on top of genuine laughs, a wealth of unlockables and head-scratching puzzles. There’s a killer soundtrack to boot, which fits nicely into the background of each movie, punctuated by outlandish cartoon sound effects. This is bite-size puzzle gaming at its finest.
God is a Geek (Mar 22, 2018)
This isn’t pushing visuals or hardware but it is a game made in Unity so I was interested to see if this ran and looked well. Thankfully it does in both modes on the Switch and it even supports all input methods. You can switch between touch and button controls on handheld whenever by just literally touching the screen or pressing a button. This is a nice showcase for how a mobile game should be ported to the Switch. It includes all the content and supports all input methods. If you enjoy horror jump scare like movies and puzzle games, this is a no brainer purchase. It is accessible and has tweaks to make it better for different kinds of gamers.
Nintendojo (Jun 29, 2018)
Slayaway Camp is an all-around solid puzzle game. The core gameplay is enjoyable despite a few nagging flaws, but it’s really the presentation that makes the game noteworthy. The developers clearly have a love for ’80s slasher flicks and it is made apparent by every second spent with the game. The visual references, music, and dialogue not only highlight the developer’s taste in movies, but they also give the game an extra layer of humor and charm. The silly, over-the-top violence is also a part of this, and while this might turn some off to the game, I think most gamers will get a kick out of the discrepancy between the cutesy visuals and the ridiculous brutality.
Way Too Many Games (Mar 21, 2018)
Slayaway Camp is an enjoyable puzzle title that fits perfectly with the Switch’s portable capabilities. It’s not an engaging or deep game by any means, and its Minecraft visuals are annoying after a few minutes, but it’s a good pastime in short bursts with a lot more content than expected. Hop on a little diorama, cut some naive victims in half, then put the Switch back into sleep mode. Cathartic violence has never been so practical.
Switch Player (Apr 20, 2018)
Slayaway Camp is a darkly charming isometric puzzler that uses the B-Movie slasher conceit to its complete advantage. Addicting, challenging, and perfect for bitsize Switch sessions, anyone who doesn’t give Slayaway Camp a butchers will surely be missing out.
Darkstation (Apr 05, 2018)
As a puzzle game, Slayaway Camp does the job, but isn't anything special – it's really saved by having such a fun look and idea to it. A puzzle game about being a Jason Voorhees type is just an awesome hook, and spotting more horror movie references has enough thrill to keep you going. The game may not have the meat to really get its hooks in you from a puzzle perspective, but this fun little love letter to slasher movies is definitely worth a look to gorehounds with a soft spot for the genre.
Nintendo Life (Mar 20, 2018)
With its cute and delightfully grotesque exterior, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is an easily accessible and addictive puzzler that throws in '80’s references where it can, by the bucket-load. It’s jam-packed with unlockables, host to some brilliant synth-heavy music and doesn’t shy away from some truly gruesome but equally hilarious murder sequences. There’s plenty of substance here that keeps us coming back for more, and with the help of a continuous trickle of silly and over-the-top horror humour, we are hard-pushed not to crack a smile every time we give it a stab.