(Cue the intrigue music) Unlicensed Video Games?! Super Cartridges?! What kind of crazy scenario is this??? Oh – it’s just the unreleased Hellraiser video game scenario that played out back in 1990.
Yes, if you hadn’t heard (and I just recently heard), there was an actual Hellraiser video game in development back in 1990, and it was full of shady business! I’ll give you the short version, but you can read the full version HERE. In a Cenobite nutshell, a company called Color Dreams was known for making unlicensed video games and they had a concept for a Hellraiser game that would be along the lines of another game, Wolfenstein 3D. Color Dreams developed the game at a high cost, in hopes that Nintendo would go for it, and it was going to be released on something called a ‘Super Cartridge’. It all sounded pretty complicated and the bottom line is that Nintendo didn’t bite, and the Hellraiser video game has been collecting dust on the shelf ever since. Oh – there was a neat promo ad for it though!
Well isn’t that lovely. Wait – over one million worlds?!?! That’s a lot of worlds. We may never know what the Hellraiser video game would have been like. Oh sure – we can use our imagination and pretend that there was a scene where Butterball was creepily stalking you while licking his lips and rubbing his big belly, but that’s about all I’ve got.
In today’s day and age with the excellence of graphics in video games, I for one would love to see a Hellraiser video game. The characters are interesting. You can have a decent story (unlike some of the Hellraiser sequels). And maybe…..just maybe…..that guy in the first movie that eats the crickets in the pet shop that turns into a skeletal dragon at the end would make an appearance. So here’s to you unreleased Hellraiser video game that apparently would have been in ‘Super Cartridge’ form…..we hardly knew ye. Actually, we really didn’t know ye at all.
Boy am I a sucker. While I was slaving away at playing The Legend Of Zelda in 1986 as a 10-year-old kid, I could have been playing this:
Yes. That’s an actual screenshot of a video game that came out in 1986 called Chiller. Granted, this was not really an easy game to find, especially in North America, but it originated as a stand-up arcade game with a light gun that you used to apparently shoot and torture half-naked people. Really makes the story of Link and his quest to find the eight fragments of the Triforce Of Wisdom to rescue Princess Zelda look pretty fucking boring, doesn’t it?
Chiller wasn’t all about shooting mutilated bodies though, as you could also take out bats, wolves, and spooky skulls with your trusty light gun. It’s good to balance everything out. There was actually a playable Nintendo version of the game that was released in 1990 with the gore and naked bodies toned down of course to comply with the wholesome image Nintendo was trying to portray at the time. If you own a copy of the NES version, you’re sitting on a $75-$200 gold mine by the way. The mere fact that Chiller was originally released in 1986 with that kind of gory content is still pretty remarkable. Check out the footage for yourself and head on over to Ebay to do some bargain hunting for a copy when you’re done: