Originally one of the gorier games of the time, Splatterhouse is a side-scrolling beat ’em up released to arcades back in 1988. To coincide with the franchise reboot being released on consoles November 23rd, the original version is making its way to iOS devices on November 18th. From what I can tell from these screenshots, this version will be a port of the arcade game rather than the toned-down Turbografx-16 version, though I’ll have to see the game in action to be 100% sure if all the original gory bits will make their way in here.
In addition to containing the 7 stages of West Mansion from the original game, Splatterhouse for iPhone will also contain an exclusive Splatter Rush Mode. This new mode has the protagonist Rick facing off against waves of enemies attacking him in a single room in what essentially sounds like a survival mode. It isn’t known whether or not a system like Game Center will be in place for tracking online high scores or achievements.
I was a huge fan of Splatterhouse on the Turbografx-16 back in the day, but I always felt like I was missing out by having a “censored" version of the game. I’m really hoping the iPhone version will be nearly pixel perfect to the original arcade game, as the gore and haunting atmosphere really added a lot to the experience. I also remember Splatterhouse as being an especially difficult game, so it will be interesting to see how well that translates to virtual touch screen controls.
Splatterhouse will be launching next Thursday for iPhone and iPod touch at a price of $2.99. There is a discussion for the game going on in our forums, and we’ll be looking forward to checking out the iOS version of Splatterhouse next week.