∞ Namco releases Splatterhouse for iPhone

Namco Networks on Thursday announced the release of Splatterhouse for iPhone. The game costs $2.99.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]A side-scrolling “beat ’em up” style action game, Splatterhouse takes you inside the Cursed Mansion, filled with monsters and horrible things. Rick, the game’s protagonist, dons a mysterious mask to do battle and be reunited with his girlfriend.

Splatterhouse’s designers were plainly influenced by popular horror and slasher movies throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. The game’s protagonist, for example, is a dead ringer for Friday the 13th baddie Jason Voorhees, musclebound and clad in a ritual mask that imbues him with great power (which looks like a hockey mask).

The game has a storied and controversial past: it was one of the first home console video games to come with a parental advisory label, due to its violent content, and Splatterhouse’s sequels were targeted by government officials concerned over the content in video games.

And now it’s yours to enjoy on the iPhone, here to corrupt a new generation of video game players.