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Jason Evans 1 Reviews
Author: Sockets
Date: 2001

Reviewed by David Whyld (Reviews Exchange 8)

Background: your father sends you out with the trash, then along to the local serial killer’s house to fetch some milk. Before long, you're being chased by some guy with a chainsaw.

I remember playing all four versions of Jason Evans 4 – the first almost okay although still flawed, the second bad, the third dire, and the less said about the fourth the better (but it almost gave Death Agency a run for its money as Worst ADRIFT Game Of All Time). But I’d never played any of the first three games. Partly this was because of what everyone said about them (that they were unbelievably awful) and partly because of the way the writer used to make a point of referring to himself as “The Master Horror Game Writer” on the ADRIFT forum and was forever talking about his latest “masterpiece”. Hmmm…

But curiosity got the better of me, so, with the lack of current ADRIFT games around, I decided I’d try the first game and see if it was as bad as everyone said.

And was it? No. 

Actually, it was a lot worse… 

The writing is, and let’s not beat about the bush here, terrible. Truly terrible. Probably the worst writing I've ever come across. There are spelling mistakes galore and some appalling grammar. If all that wasn’t bad enough, the game is written from first person perspective yet the default responses are second person. In a good game, this would be annoying. In a bad game, it’s just another nail in the coffin.

Aside from that, we have some serious lapses in anything approaching logic. The player is sent to get some milk from his neighbour, Jason Evans, despite the man’s reputation. On top of that, when he arrives at Jason’s house, lets himself in and finds a crazy man thumping on the window, does he run like heck to get out there as soon as possible? Nope. He hunts around for some milk first. Sheesh…

Play the game with the Generator open at all times. You'll need it. I'm probably not spoiling the game (it’s already too spoilt as it is) by saying that the milk you need is on top of the fridge, but you'll never discover this if you play by the rules. Examining the fridge reveals nothing. You can’t open it. Only by checking the Generator and discovering the bizarrely worded task USE CHAIR ON FRIDGE did I manage to locate and take the milk. 

There are too many errors in the game to make it even vaguely playable. After taking the milk, a man bursts through the window into the kitchen, yet when trying to examine him you're told he isn't there. In another location, you need to escape from the man by breaking a statue, yet never is there any indication as to why this should make a difference. Elsewhere I found myself at a dead end, but when I tried knocking on a door I'm told there's actually another road leading off to the west.

That was about all I could take. The terrible reputation that the Jason Evans’ games have achieved over the years seems well founded. This is one truly awful game.

1 out of 10

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