Psycho Killer: A Card Game for Gorehounds

This clever card game is for lovers of classic horror films. The goal of the game is simple, don’t die by one of the psycho killers. Play all your cards to pass on injuries to other players and avoid becoming a psychopath yourself.

Psycho Killer: The Card Game is an homage to classic horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Halloween. Where everyone is gathered around trying to avoid the psychopath (or maybe they’ll become one themselves?).

How To Play

The Objective of the Game

The goal of the game is to avoid the killer and his weapons. This is done by playing cards in your hand that help you avoid drawing the Psycho Killer cards or by passing off your weapon injuries to other players or back into the deck.

Setting it up

During initial setup, remove the black cards from the deck, shuffle it, and deal 7 cards to each player. This is done so nobody gets screwed over and ends up with Psycho Killer cards before they can even play.

Next add the black cards back to the remaining deck, shuffle it, and place it in the center of the table where everyone can reach.

Taking your Turn

On a players turn they can play as many or as few cards as they want. When the turn is complete the acting player draws a card (unless they played a card that tells them to do something else instead).

How it ends

The game is finished when someone draws the fifth and final Psycho Killer card. When that happens each player tallies up their injury points and the lowest scoring wins.

Pyscho Killer Review : Our Initial Thoughts

One immediate thing that pops about this game is the box and card design. From the old cassette looking box to the blood spattered cards, this game is a great addition to any horror movie fans collection.

On the surface this game is pretty simple, pass your cards around and try to avoid holding too many injury cards or drawing too many psycho killer cards. It’s just easy enough to quickly understand yet just complex enough to offer some fun strategy. Definitely one of the funnest pick-up-and-play games we’ve played in a long time.

The great folks over at were also kind enough to send us their drinking game expansion called Bloody Mary, so of course we had to try that out too.

This drinking game variant blends in flawlessly with the base game. It adds a few drinking cards and some new rules, but overall just adds a fun new mechanic. Each time you get injury points you have to drink, and the new Bloody Mary cards, and there’s a handful of new cards with optional drinking rules. A great way to up the ante and add some fun drinking rules to an already fun game.