Hey all you Kevin Bacon or subterranean-giant-man-eating worm fans, they finally made a Tremors video game. And guess what? Because it’s been rendered with Blu-ray technology, the cut-scenes use the same graphics as the gameplay. Oh wait, that’s God of War 3. The Tremors game is just a free flash game called Tremerz.
The game is only mildly terrible, and follows the “plot” of the first Tremors film, back when the franchise still has potential and hadn’t taken a nosedive into the dirt.
You play as Kevin Bacon, whose character’s name is too inconsequential to mention, while you rescue other survivors by traversing a side-scrolling 2D world. Every time you rescue a character, “Tremerz” pop up and try to eat you and your squad. While you can’t take a hit yourself, you get points for each squad member you successfully defend from “Tremerz” before reaching the end of the game.
The game is very colorful and well rendered for a flash game, and you can even see likenesses between the sprites and the actors. Still, the game’s author is either making some sort of meta-joke or just didn’t do enough research. “Tremors” referred to what attracted the large worms, i.e. footsteps or other small vibrations in the ground. The worms themselves were called “Graboids.”
The biggest flaw in the game is the control scheme. You’re only allowed use of the mouse, and if you’re using a laptop touchpad, that gets annoying quickly. Plus, the game lasts about two minutes, tops, and has very little replay value, even for a flash game.
Tremors came out in 1990, back when this article’s author was nine and found things like worms to be awesome. Actually, Tremors is a fantastic example of a genre film, and delivers on its formulas with resounding clarity. If you haven’t seen it, do so, because even with 1990’s special effects, the worms looked pretty real. However, don’t watch it on basic cable, unless you want to see Kevin Bacon scream “Foul you!” which, at the time, was as silly as “Monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane.”
So, I would give Tremerz a 3 out of 5, only because it’s slightly addictive, pretty, and a creative idea.
Did you play it? What do you think? Do you think the Tremors sequels didn’t suck? Would you like to see a next-gen Tremors game?