VideoGames - Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game Launches Today!

By Mulder, 04 june 2024

Today marks the official global launch of Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game, an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game developed by IllFonic and Teravision Games. Available on PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, this game draws inspiration from the 1988 cult classic film of the same name. In this thrilling 3v7 multiplayer setup, players are plunged into the chaotic and eerie world of Crescent Cove, where three alien Klowns face off against seven human survivors​.

The core gameplay of Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game revolves around the unique asymmetrical format. As Klowns, players can embody iconic characters such as Spikey and Shorty, each equipped with outlandish abilities and weapons. The Klowns’ objective is to hunt down humans, turning them into cotton candy cocoons and ultimately triggering the Klownpocalypse, which wipes out all remaining humans. Klowns boast a range of abilities, including teleportation, self-healing, and enhanced damage, which progressively unlock throughout the match, making them formidable opponents​.

On the other side, human players must navigate the perilous streets of Crescent Cove, scavenging for essential items to unlock escape routes. They need to locate specific items like spark plugs, gas cans, key cards, and gate keys to activate one of the four possible escape routes. These routes can be temporarily blocked by the Klowns using cotton candy barriers, which humans must remove to proceed. Humans can also arm themselves with various weapons to stun or damage the Klowns, providing a fleeting chance for escape or survival​.

The game features five diverse maps at launch, each offering different tactical opportunities and challenges. These include locations inspired by the original film, such as Downtown and The Suburbs, along with unique areas designed to expand the game’s universe, like the Amusement Park and Clown Summer Camp. Each map's dynamic layout and environmental hazards add to the strategic depth of the gameplay, ensuring that no two matches are ever the same​.

Character classes add another layer of strategy to the game. Klowns can choose from five classes: Ranger, Tracker, Trapper, Tank, and Brawler, each with specific weapons and skills. Humans, meanwhile, have their own classes, including Athletic, Rebellious, Heroic, Resourceful, and Tough, each tailored to different playstyles and survival strategies. This diversity in character abilities ensures that players can find a class that suits their preferred approach, whether it's direct confrontation or stealthy evasion​.

Customization is a significant feature, allowing players to unlock various skins and cosmetics for both Klowns and humans. The Deluxe Edition of the game includes additional costumes, exclusive skins, the original soundtrack, and a digital art book, providing fans with a richer gaming experience. Pre-orders, which began on May 28, granted players a week of early access, allowing them to dive into the chaos of Crescent Cove ahead of the official release​.

Reception to the game has been generally positive, with critics appreciating its faithful adaptation of the film's quirky charm and its fun, chaotic gameplay. Some reviewers have pointed out issues with character movement and the length of matches, but these minor setbacks do not overshadow the overall engaging experience. The sound design, in particular, has been praised for its immersive quality, enhancing the tension and horror of the gameplay​.

For those eager to witness the mayhem, the launch trailer is available here. Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game promises a unique blend of horror and humor, challenging players to either defend humanity or join the Klown invasion. Whether you’re a fan of the original film or new to the franchise, this game offers a fresh take on the asymmetrical multiplayer genre, filled with suspense, strategy, and plenty of scares.

Synopsis : 
A meteorite carrying bloodthirsty clowns falls to Earth. The band of clowns starts killing everyone in a small town with deadly gags...

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Directed by Stephen Chiodo
Written by Charles Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo
Produced by Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo
Starring  Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, John Vernon
Cinematography : Alfred Taylor
Edited by Christopher Roth
Music by John Massari
Production company : Chiodo Bros.
Distributed by Trans World Entertainment
Release date : May 27, 1988 (United States), July 12 1989 (France)
Running time : 88 minutes