I stumbled across this game purely by accident and decided to give it a try, even though the instructions were written in German. Don’t let that fact stop you from playing — actually, it being in German somehow added to the mystique of the game for me. Since I’ve always had an interest in learning the language, and after taking the time to translate the instructions, I was ready to go. What I discovered was not only an ideal Halloween party game, but a new guilty pleasure as well.
SIX FEET UNDER, a game which has nothing to do with the HBO TV show of the same name, seems to have a relatively simple premise: you’re an undertaker set to drive a coffin to the cemetery for burial. But instead of dropping it off in a responsible, dignified, and boring manner, you instead have the opportunity to escort the dearly-departed to his or her final resting place by literally launching them into the record books.
To do this, you’ll first have to accelerate the hearse as fast as possible by frantically tapping the RIGHT ARROW button. And just before passing the pink zone and crashing your car into the outer cemetery wall, you’ll need to slam on the brakes by pressing the SPACEBAR.
What happens next is the hilariously improbable, deeply satisfying, and constantly entertaining sight of a coffin being thrown through the windshield like a javelin, launching the deceased to a fantastic distance. Wherever the casket happens to land, a gravedigger will come out to bury the box while another places a tombstone marker. You’ll then be handed a final distance total that is both equally macabre and gratifying.
Should you brake too soon, too late, or even just right, you the driver will be killed in your attempt at greatness. But your record will live on in infamy. It’s mortuary (and German) humor at its finest.
If only the rest of us had this much fun doing our jobs!
Almost immediately after trying it, I found SIX FEET UNDER to be quite addictive. I was hooked on its simple yet fun goal, one that I must have spent a great deal of time trying to best (and ruin). While it’s unfortunate that the game doesn’t keep track of your high scores, this really shouldn’t deter you from earning some bragging rights. It’s the only gripe I had and it’s an admittedly small one at that.
So why not give it a try? Challenge your friends and see if you can break my record — or at least figure out how many feet you can catapult a corpse, for all you metric-haters out there. I died launching a coffin 640.31 meters; see how far you can launch mine.