Apparently, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie turns 50 years old next year. That’s right, Leatherface and the rest of the Sawyer family have been terrorizing people with a powered cutting chain for nearly a half century. Now, you can bring the same horror to your next game night with the Funko Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Slaughterhouse.
A survival board game, it offers one-versus-many gameplay that pits the murderous villain against potential victims, similar to how the Jaws Board Game pit one shark player against human players marooned on an island. Except, the antagonist here is a chainsaw-toting cannibal from the Sawyer family instead of an oversized fish who’s just looking for its next dinner.
The Funko Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Slaughterhouse puts one player in control of the entire Sawyer family, allowing you to control not just the mentally-deranged yet iconic Leatherface with his loud and bloody chainsaw, but his older brother Nubbins, their patriarch Drayton, and everybody else in their godforsaken household (we don’t know if you can control anyone else actually, but those three are definitely in play). Every other player around the table takes on the role of a potential victim, requiring them to work cooperatively to evade and escape the Sawyer family’s onslaught. Yes, we’re guessing they can set each other up as bait as well, but those kinds of mechanics are what makes games like this a lot of fun for everyone.
According to the outfit, it’s designed to provide edge-of-your-seat gameplay, so it’s just as thrilling as watching a slasher film at the cinema. Well… probably a lot less gross, since you don’t have to see the gory visuals (you can imagine it, though, which might be worse).
The Funko Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Slaughterhouse is probably going to be a lot of fun for whoever’s playing the Sawyers, since you can set traps and hunt everyone down very actively. Of course, the potential victims can be very active, too, as they can sneak through various areas of the compound, collect evidence of the family’s dastardly history, and scrounge for anything that can help them stave off the murderous cannibals on the loose. From the looks of it, the big goal is to get to a car and escape with it, although there’s only one car in the game and it’s broken, requiring you to find parts along the way and fix it before leaving all the crazy people behind.
The game can be played by two to five players, making this a great game to enjoy with a small group of friends, with a single game taking anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, so it never drags on too long. According to the outfit, it comes with an achievement system that carries over from one game to the next, allowing you to change things up if you plan to play multiple games consecutively. The game includes custom sculpted figures, 140 cards, and a distinct at style that really brings to mind the film in particular and the slasher genre in general.
The Funko Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Slaughterhouse is now available for preorder.