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Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game review

Of all the horror film franchises to make a video game of, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is such a strange choice. There’s only actually been one film, after all, released way back in 1988, although its creators are still apparently keen to make it a trilogy, or perhaps even a TV series. Is this game a sign that things are in motion, then? Or maybe it’s a test to see if there’s much interest? In any case, it proves to be a fun way to spend some time.

Just like the film, Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game finds a group of unfortunate humans coming face-to-face with clowns of an extra-terrestrial nature. And so, across a range of locations, these humans must do all they can to outwit and escape from the Killer Klowns, otherwise they’ll end up encased in what appear to be candyfloss cocoons… or worse. Basically, then, we have another asymmetrical multiplayer horror game on our hands.

Killer Clowns from Outer Space: The Game is pretty tame as horror games go, though. There’s not much blood or gore here, with its ‘Klownalities’ — which are performed to finish off a human opponent when their health has been depleted — being more humorous that wince-inducing. You’ll be turning people into desserts by throwing pies at them, for example, or encasing them in candy floss after bursting out of a pizza box. Someone plummeting to their death after being catapulted in the air by a giant hammer is the gnarliest things get here.

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But that doesn’t mean that Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game isn’t tense during gameplay. When playing as a human, stealth is of the utmost importance; keeping out of sight of the Klowns and being as quiet as possible to avoid detection. Starting out in possession of nothing, you’ll need to explore and loot valuable items if you wish to survive. Some items will help with your bid to escape, others will help you fight off a Klown or two should you find yourself in an encounter.

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It’s one way in which Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game sets itself apart from the competition: there are some weapons here that can make taking on a Klown absolutely viable. Get yourself a shotgun, for example, and you’re in business. But even armed with a melee weapon such as a baseball bat, you’ve got a fighting chance of taking a Klown down. Only temporarily, though — unlike humans, Klowns will always respawn given time.

To win the game, humans can escape in numerous ways. By finding a gas canister and a sparkplug, a speedboat can be sprung into life to make a hasty getaway. Alternatively, the gas canister could be used to start up a generator powering a panel that a keycard can then be used on to open up the door to an escape tunnel. If all else fails, you can attempt to escape via a truck in the last moments of the match when it bursts through one of the cotton candy covered exits, but you can be sure that the Klowns will be there to try to stop you.

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Image: IllFonic/Teravision Games

Playing as the Klowns, the action is much more predatory. Unlike the humans, all Klowns start with a ranged weapon that can encase a target in cotton candy if hit often enough, as well as a weapon that causes physical damage. And so, Klowns have two ways to take a human out of the match: kill them outright, or encase them in a cotton candy cocoon and then hang them up on one of the numerous devices strewn across the map. The latter is a little risky, however, as other humans have a chance to break their friends out of a cocoon if left unattended.

In between hunting down humans, Klowns have a another task to keep them preoccupied, too: finding pre-made cotton candy cocoons and placing them on those previously mentioned devices not only to summon lackeys that roam around of their free will and help, but also reduce the cooldowns of their nifty skills. Klowns can instantly jump to any area of the map, for example, or create a balloon dog that sniffs out a nearby human. Using these skills can really change the tide of a match.

Hanging cocoons, with humans players in them or not, can also hasten the Klownopalypse – the cataclysmic event that kills all surviving humans players at the end of a match if they don’t escape. It pays for the Klown team to keep an eye out for cocoons, then, and hang them up when they can. It’s not a quick way to win a match, but it’s decisive, and there are other rewards along the way.

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Ultimately, whether you’re playing as a Klown or a human, Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game is a tense and entertaining experience where you can never be sure of the outcome. The only thing that lets it down a little are some balancing issues. Some of the ranged weapons available to the Klowns could certainly do with being buffed a little, for example. And if a team of human players really are stealthy, it can be nearly impossible to track them down before they escape.

Still, all things considered, Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game is well worth jumping into if you’re a fan of asymmetrical multiplayer horror experiences. It’s always enjoyable, win or lose, and whether you’re playing as a Klown or a human. There are lots of customisation options to unlock, too, as well as weapons, skills and Klownalities on the Klown side. With some solid post-launch support by IllFonic and Teravision Games, this could have legs should it find an audience.

This review of Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game is based on the PS5 version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game review - GameSpew's score

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a strange choice for an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game, but it works. It's fun playing as either a human or a Klown here, with just enough twists on the tried-and-tested formula to keep matches unpredictable and interesting. There's still a little work to be done when it comes to balancing, however.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a strange choice for an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game, but it works. It's fun playing as either a human or a Klown here, with just enough twists on the tried-and-tested formula to keep matches unpredictable and interesting. There's still a little work to be done when it comes to balancing, however.
7/10
Total Score

We like...

  • Fun whether playing as a human or a Klown
  • Lots to unlock
  • Looks quite nice

We don't like...

  • Some balancing work to be done

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