ROUGH KUTS: Night of the Living Dead, is an interactive FMV game featuring the film Night of the Living Dead, from the Steam platform for $1.99.

If you aren’t familiar with FMV games, they are games with previously recorded video that acts as the gameplay, and then gives the player certain options during the video that dictate which part of the previously recorded film is shown next. In the case of this game, the film is Night of the Living dead, a 1968 horror film by George A. Romero that apparently is in the public domain and can be used for things like this. That being said, I’m still going to keep this as a game review and not a movie review, though it could go either way.

This is the perfect game for people, like myself, that haven’t seen classic films such as this one, and is a fun way to revisit them if you have. Finally, you get to be in the driver seat of a horror film to see if you would survive the zombie apocalypse. Well, kind of. The first choice you get to make is to either “Be Patient” or “Hurry Her.” In my infinite wisdom, I decided to be patient, even though a yet unidentified zombie was obviously approaching. I wanted to see just how much control you were given of this film. Alas, after being patient twice in a row, no such control was given to me. Unless that is actually how the film pans out. Maybe a side-by-side comparison is in order.

As you continue to make choices throughout the film, you get the sense that its less a a matter of making choices, and more of a “do you want to skip parts of the movie, or would you like to watch the whole thing?” Then, finally, it happens. You are given the choice to attack a zombie or retreat. Attack, obviously. Once you get that zombie on the ground, you are given the same choice, almost like the game is asking you to reconsider. So I attacked, again, obviously. And I was immediately sent to this screen:

This is where the game actually becomes more of a game. After your first death, you are given the option of continuing from the same scene, or starting over from the beginning. I don’t know why you would do that, but maybe you’re looking for that perfect run through. Though I don’t think this is a game that will ever hit the speed run circuit. If you do decide that you’ve had enough for now, or maybe your dog is pestering you to go outside, you can stop after that death and return later thanks to the save functionality that almost acts as a scene select. If you were only able to choose scenes where you had died.

Being able to die and go back to make the correct choice is honestly a game changer. Again, especially for someone who hasn’t seen this particular film. It’s almost like when you’re watching a horror/slasher film, and you continually have to scream at the TV “why are you running into that room with no obvious exits and a door that doesn’t lock?” Now, you kind of have that option, though on a little smaller scale. But I could see that being something the developer, ROUGH KUTS, does more of with other games/films in the future, and I would very much like to see more this.

All in all, this was a fun way to kill a Wednesday evening. Next time you are scrolling through your favorite streaming service deciding what to watch, give ROUGH KUTS a try and interact with a movie instead. Or better yet, have some friends over, assuming you’re reading this in the future and it’s safe to do so, and make a party of it, while you all choose the fate of the characters in Night of the Living Dead. 4.5/5