Games, Movies

‘Cocaine Bear’ Gets an 8-Bit Video Game

Cocaine Bear mauls a drug dealer in the "Cocaine Bear" 8-bit video game

When Fangoria sends out an email with a subject line that includes “8-bit Bears on Blow,” it gets your attention. Or, at least, it got mine. And when I clicked through, I was amazed to see that the first thing featured in this week’s The Terror Teletype was a story about a “Cocaine Bear” video game.

If you’re unfamiliar, “Cocaine Bear” is the upcoming horror-comedy loosely based on a true story about a 1985 drug runner plane crash that ended in a black bear consuming a deadly amount of cocaine that was tossed from the plane. The film plays it up a bit and sees the bear going on a coke-fueled rampage against cops, criminals, tourists, teens, and anything else that stands in its way, whereas the real-life bear ate a reported 75 pounds of coke and then died.

Ahead of the film’s release Universal Pictures has released a new 8-bit PAC-MAN-like video game where you get to play as Cocaine Bear, but instead of ghosts, you chomp humans, and instead of eating up dots and fruits, you consume lines, mounds, packages, and even duffle bags of blow. The end goal: eat as many people as you can.

The game is playable on mobile and PC at You can see a preview of the game shared by the official “Cocaine Bear” Twitter account below:

“Cocaine Bear” was directed by Elizabeth Banks (“Charlie’s Angels”) from a screenplay by Jimmy Warden (“The Babysitter: Killer Queen”). The film stars Keri Russell (“The Americans”), O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”), Christian Convery-Jennings (“Sweet Tooth”), Alden Ehrenreich (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (“BlacKkKlansman”), Kristofer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”), Hannah Hoekstra (2019’s “Charlie’s Angels”) and Aaron Holliday (“Sharp Objects”), with Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) and Ray Liotta (“The Many Saints of Newark”).

“Cocaine Bear” arrives in theaters on February 24.

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