The Good, The Bad, The Unforgettable: Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

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In light of The Evil Dead making its way to television for a second season of Ash vs Evil Dead, I thought it would be great to dedicate this week’s Throwback Thursday to one of the greatest film franchises in history.  Of course, there are many that disagree with me as well as many more that feel that there just isn’t enough Evil Dead to go around. Back in 2003, THQ and VIS Entertainment released an Evil Dead game for the PS2 titled A Fistful of Boomstick, portraying our hero, (antihero?), eleven years after the events of the Evil Dead trilogy and three years after the events of the PS2 game Hail to the King. Ash is traveling through time once again as the game begins with him telling an Asian man of his travels followed by a series of flashbacks that show how he came to meet this man in the first place.

Taking place in Dearborn Michigan, Ash sits by his lonesome at a bar while he watches a news station, (KLA2), talk about the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and how the book reveals nonsense to those that believe it. Of course, the station plays the recording of Professor Knowby to the public and the incantations allow for Deadites to rule the land once more, prompting Ash to stop them. The game allows you to roam a bit in the town of Dearborn and lets you explore multiple places in order to stop the evil from happening, giving you far more leeway that Hail to the King did while not overwhelming the player with new information. It is just as campy, if not even better, than the films themselves and serves as a great game to add to the lineage of Evil Dead content that has graces our televisions way after the films release.

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Bruce Campbell comes back to voice Ash, as he has in pretty much every medium in which Ash is involved, and does so with gusto towards the characters feelings about the undead. You need to use your wits in order to solve a series of mild puzzles that allow you to venture deeper into the world, whether it be to find a special piece of equipment or simply show an officer a Police ID in order to be let into somewhere. The entire time, he is travelling in order to obtain the Kandarian Summoning Stone in order to control, and destroy, the deadites that are wreaking havoc in the town. The game is a wonderful blend between the content that we see in the films as well as more information to add towards Ash as a character and a defender of good, whether or not he actually wants to be.

If you really haven’t gotten your fill of The Evil Dead, check out the Evil Dead 2 Board Game by Space Goat Productions on the Kickstarter page.

Check out the trailer for the game below:

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