The Evil Dead license has changed hands among different game developers who would give their homage and vision of Evil Dead films as video games. The very first Evil Dead game was developed in 1984 by a British software company called Palace Software for the Commodore 64/128 and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game was very archaic for today standards, but captured the spirit of the film.
It wasn’t until 16 years later with the re-issue of the Evil Dead films on VHS and DVD was another game made. The new popularity of the Evil Dead films helped spark interest in creating more video games based on the license. In 2000 a video game studio called Heavy Iron Studios developed a new Evil Dead game titled Evil Dead: Hail to the King for Sony Playstation, Sega Dreamcast, and PC platforms. The game was published by THQ, who would later publish the next Evil Dead game spin-offs. Hail to the King utilized 3D graphics and moving environments. The environments were well done but the character models and game controls weren’t so great. The game did redeem itself with Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash for the voice overs. Bruce would continue to do the voice-overs for the next Evil Dead games as well.
After Hail to the King came Evil Dead: Fistful of Boomstick for Playstation 2, PC, and Xbox. The game was developed by Vis Entertainment (no longer in business), who were best known for the State of Emergency games. Fistful of Boomstick utilized the State of Emergency engine which helped improve the gameplay and graphics of the game. After Fistful of Boomstick a pinball game was developed by THQ Wireless for mobile phones. Not much is known about it since it kind of slipped under everyone’s radar.
The last Evil Dead game to come out for major consoles was Evil Dead: Regeneration for Playstation 2, PC, and Xbox. The game was developed by another game studio called Cranky Pants Games, who are best known for their humorous games. Regeneration is argubly the best Evil Dead game to date. Cranky Pants improved on the flaws of the previous Evil Dead games and introduced a new undead character Sam voiced by Ted Raimi, who plays Ash’s loud mouth sidekick. The game did pretty well, but no word on another Evil Dead game.
Recently iOS game developers have released games for the iPhone and iPad. Blackflip Studios released an Army of Darkness Defense game. A defense game where the player defends the castle from the onslaught of deadites. Trigger Apps also released a Evil Dead 3D adventure game.