Thanks, Twisty: 5 Games To Fix Your Fear Of Clowns
Those of you who are crazy for American Horror Story were probably terrified by the character known as Twisty, who made his debut in the first episode of season four, also known as "Freak Show." To say that this year's ensemble is eye-catching would be putting it lightly. Set in the 1950s, this season is all about, well, freak shows with characters who are physically deformed. There's a woman with two heads and, of course, Twisty. He just so happens to be a murderous clown who's missing the bottom half of his face. He was by far the scariest antagonist revealed in the first few weeks of the season, but he's causing controversy about a lot more than sleepless nights.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Glenn Kohlberger, the president of Clowns of America International, who said that his group was upset at the way that the show portrayed clowns. Kohlberger told the reporter, "We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or 'clown fear.'"
Unfortunately for Kohlberger and the rest of the members of the CAI, trust me when I say that if you're not afraid of clowns going into watching the season, after a few episodes you will be.
But not to worry. If you've suddenly developed an irrational fear thanks to the show and need a reminder of clowns' true purpose, you'll be happy to know that there are at least 5 video games out there where you can interact with a clown that doesn't want to dismember you.
Check out these titles if you need a reminder that clowns really aren't all that scary.
Krusty's Fun House
Besides Sideshow Mel and Mr. Teeny, no one can be afraid of Krusty the Clown. In fact, if you're familiar with The Simpsons you know that Krusty is usually portrayed more as a depressed man who just happens to paint his face, rather than an actual clown. So if you're looking for a way to humanize the creature behind the makeup, Krusty is a pretty good source for doing so. Throughout the game, players navigate through Krusty's fun house in maze-like levels. Unfortunately, the game is from 1992. If you don't have your own copy, your best bet is to find an online version for an emulator.
It's nearly impossible to be scared of the little clowns in this puzzle game. Each one summersaults around as you try to get them to the their target using various novelty contraptions. Available on iOS and Android, users have rated the game above 4/5 stars on both platforms.
Homey D. Clown
Homey D. Clown was a character brought to life by Damon Wayans in the sketch-comedy show In Living Color. Players get to take on the role of Homey D. Clown in a point-and-click style, while guiding him through his daily life and eliminating annoying by bopping them with his sock.
3 Clown Scratch
The 3 Clown Scratch game from Betfair features a smiling cartoon clown who will not jump out at you, make any sudden movements, or chase you with a pair of scissors. Just click and scratch off the board game to match the images of the characters. After counting your winnings, you may even learn how to love that big red nose.
Super Punch Out!!
Beating up on an animated clown could be just what you need to express your fear, and you'll certainly get the chance to do so by playing the Super Nintendo title Super Punch Out!! from 1994. Thankfully Mad Clown isn't scary, so you never feel as if you're fighting for your life. But just like Krusty's Fun House, it can be a difficult game to find. If you want your chance at that green-haired goof, you'll have to find an emulator.
These games probably won't make you feel any better about Twisty, but they should keep you from running and hiding the next time you see a member of Clowns of America International.