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By:
G-Wok
01/07/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action/Adventure 
PLAYERS 00 
PUBLISHER Jaleco 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE Out Now

Break out the Band-Aids.

If you've ever stayed up for a late night round of channel surfing, you've probably borne witness to some of the dregs of film school. Every once in a while, however, you'll stumble across a gem. A film so noteworthy, it stands like a shining diamond amongst a sea of cubic zirconia. My friends, I'm talking about the classic "B" movie.

With the increasing popularity of survival-horror games on our favorite gaming platforms, it was only a matter of time before a true B movie made an appearance. Welcome to Illbleed, one of the most…uh...interesting games to grace the GR doorstep. With a combination of horror and humor, it's "B"-ness shines like Godzilla's Dance of Joy.

Fictitious B-movie producer Michael Reynolds is the creator of a famous theme park known as "Illbleed." Reynolds has issued a challenge to all comers - survive the horrors of the park and win ONE MILLION DOLLARS (uh, that's one million fictitious dollars, of course). People go in, but they never come out. Mwahaha…

You're Eriko, the leader of the horror club at Castle Rock School. A few of your fellow club members stupidly went into the park and were never heard from again. So like any other purple-haired heroine, you've got to venture into the park to save their butts from danger. Just remember not to run into the woods, take a shower, or (of course) get freaky. Those people die every time.

Unlike the average horror game where every zombie is trying to grab a taste of your juicy cerebellum, Illbleed sets out to scare you to death through traps, monsters and other horrific events. Your weapons? Sight, hearing, smell, and sixth sense, just to name a few. You'll have to use them effectively to escape the horrors of the park. Each time you encounter a nasty surprise or shock, your character's heart begins to race and your very life will be threatened by a simple heart attack.

So armed with your trusty senses, you'll face a ton of shock events that threaten to put you six feet under. And when I say shock, I mean spine tingling, pants wetting, heart stopping shock. Anything and everything IS out to get you. See that innocent-looking lightbulb in the corner? It's a monster. That computer monitor you're staring at? Definitely a death trap. The pus-oozing zombie with a blowtorch hiding behind the curtains? Well, duh.

Promising a refreshing blend of gameplay along with fear and fun rolled into one, Illbleed is one frightfest survival-horror fans should watch for. We'll just have to keep our eyes out this February and hope this game comes packed with its own electrocardiograph. Clear!

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