On October 10th, 2013 indie developers Double Smith announced their first game, Headless, an endless runner following the adventures of a decapitated chicken.
Decapitations and video games seem to go hand in hand. Hardcore gamers like nothing more than to slice the melon off an enemy’s shoulders, and as the classic Sega Genesis game DecapAttack has proven, gamers even like to play headless heroes.
There’s only one thing more synonymous with decapitations than video games, and no it’s not an episode of Game of Thrones, it’s chickens. Most everyone knows that when you cut off the head of a chicken, it body still flops around, hence the term “running around like a chicken with its head cut off”.
The most famous of these beheaded birds is Miracle Mike, aka Mike the Headless Chicken, a sideshow attraction featuring a walking, strutting, chicken who remained alive 18 months after his noggin was chopped off.
Although the story of Miracle Mike ended over 66 years ago, it was recently the inspiration for a brand new decapitated chicken game, Headless, created by Reinhard and Gila Schmid, the husband and wife team who founded the Austrian indie game and animation studio, Double Smith.
The 2D side-scrolling endless runner has players controlling a headless checking whose neck stump continually spurts cartoon blood. The goal is to see how far you can make it across fields filled with dangers, before you totally bleed out.
As stated in their press release, “Headless challenges players to see how far they can run as a headless chicken! Tap to fly and tilt to speed up for an extra bonus. Grab bags of blood to live longer and get ahead of the competition! Keep a cool head while dodging deadly blades and other obstacles. Unlock upgrades, collect power ups and charge head first to new high scores!”
Headless is available for iOS (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) and Android devices, with HTM5 (Web and Mobile), Windows 8, Windows Phone, Blackberry 10, and Facebook versions in development. More information on Double Smith can be found on their website.