Chucky The Killer Doll is a free horror-themed indie game for Windows. It’s based on elements from the wildly successful Chucky cinematic franchise and features the iconic titular character as the antagonist. The objective of the game is simple: survive. Play through numerous jump scares as you stumble through the dark with only a flashlight to help you.
If you’re a fan of horror-themed survival games, give Good Boy a try. The art style is simple but pleasing and looks like it was assembled from paper cutouts. Another great alternative to Chucky is the equally creepy Slide in the Woods.
Despite the dark, gloomy setting, Chucky has remarkable graphics. As you move toward any of the walls, the intricately designed wallpaper disperses light as if it really were embossed. The diffraction of the flashlight’s light (as you move around in the shadows) is also a notable feature. Instead of a crisp, primitive circle of light that illuminates objects, you’re presented with a remarkably realistic display of light effects.
The space that you’re exploring is a tastefully decorated interior with both traditional and modern touches. This is a refreshingly different take on the usual derelict cabin or mansion that accompanies games in the horror genre.
At the start screen, you see a yellow vintage cardboard toy box standing on an end table like some sort of eerie shrine. This box, titled Good Guys, is the iconic box that used to house Chucky dolls. The box is empty, meaning that Chucky is somewhere else in the house.
Your first task is to venture into the deep dark basement to turn on the breaker switch. Your trusty flashlight tends to flicker and switch itself off, and you can only see a fraction of your surroundings at a time. The overall ambience of the game in terms of audio and visual environment lends itself well to the creepy theme of Chucky.
A spine-chilling game
During gameplay, Chucky will appear in front of you, seated quite innocently on the floor. Despite his cruel grin, he looks inanimate. But at some point, he will chase you down in classic Chucky fashion. You’ll only have one weapon, which is your flashlight. You’ll need to outrun Chucky as you search for switches, keys and eventually a way to exterminate the demonic doll for good.