Game Review - by SkaDaddy
"With Stephen King's F13, the master of horror goes interactive. The Frightware in F13 is much more than "screamsavers" and "deathtop" images, it's a timekiller that both casual and hardcore gamers can enjoy. Even with a busy schedule, you can squeeze in a quick game, read an exclusive novella or sit back and be entertained by a touch of murder and mayhem." - Interplay
F13 is split into 5 sections. The first and most impressive is the novella, "Everything's Eventual." It's 87 pages and somewhat interesting. The second is the "Fun House." This includes three games: Bug Splat, No Swimming, and Whack-a-Zombie. In Bug Splat, you hit roaches with fly swatters, newspaper, etc. In No Swimming, you lower one of five animals into the water to be eaten by piranhas. In Whack-a-Zombie, you hit skeletons coming up from the grave with a shovel. The other three sections are geared toward customizing your PC. There are backdrops, screensavers, and sounds. They are an upgrade from the haunted house Windows screensaver.
The mouse movement on the three games isn't the best, but there is no reason for it to be high precision. It makes do. The book allows you to flip pages, go to a certain page number, and put in a digital book. The screensavers obviously have no gameplay requirements.
The graphics were pretty pathetic. Even with my Voodoo3 it was choppy when they games were set on high quality. In addition, the No Swimming games graphics were silly. The animal being eaten by the piranha just bubbled up, turned to a skeleton, and then disappeared. The only cool visuals were the splatting of the roaches but you can only take that for so long. Graphics weren't an issue for the other aspects of the game. Also, I would rather read a horror story from a dusty, old, leather bound book then off a hi-resolution computer monitor. It's just not good for my eyes and not good for the scary feel of it.
This collection of software had decent sound. It had neat but very simplistic background music. It was the typical scary music with low bass ambience. The sound collection was interesting if you are into customizing your computer with sounds. Of course, any of these sounds could have been found online if you looked hard enough.
I would not buy this game. The only people I would even recommend this game to are the avid fans of Stephen King. If you own every other writing of his including: The Eyes of the Dragon and the complete first edition Dark Tower Series, then buy this. You aren't going to want to play this for more than a week or until you finish the novella, but you will want this in your undoubtedly complete collection of King's works.