Developer & Publisher: Team 17
Genre: Horror, Puzzle
Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
Also Available For: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Killer Frequency is a fresh take on horror-comedy, wrapped in the nostalgic glow of 1980s small-town America. As players step into the role of a late-night radio DJ, they are thrust into real-time puzzles where their station can mean life or death for their listeners.
The game cleverly integrates real-time decision-making and puzzle-solving, as each phone call ramps up the tension, with the fate of other characters hanging in the balance. The retro slasher setting is nicely realized, complete with a killer soundtrack that perfectly encapsulates the era’s vibe.
Killer Frequency offers intriguing puzzles and choices that genuinely affect outcomes, which makes them feel more intense. The puzzles, while not overly complex, require attention to detail and a keen sense of timing. The real-time aspect of the game is refreshing and adds a nice touch of horror to the puzzles. Players won’t get to engage with the killer often, so players who want more traditional scares may be uninterested in this one.
The narrative is the core of Killer Frequency, delivered through great voice acting and a first-person perspective that gives players access to the radio booth. While the presentation is solid, some voices just don’t do as well through the game. Still, the excellent soundtrack and tension more than makeup for a few lukewarm performances.
Killer Frequency resonates with its authentic 80s horror atmosphere and engaging murder mystery narrative. While it could benefit from tighter gameplay mechanics and more consistent voice performances, the game’s unique concept and well-crafted story provide a memorable experience.
Killer Frequency melds a nostalgia-steeped 80s horror vibe with innovative real-time puzzles and decision-making.