In honor of spooky season, I’m taking a break from my Dark Parables reviews and reviewing something very fun (in my opinion), Goosebumps: The Game. If you have somehow never heard of Goosebumps, it was a children’s horror series written by R.L. Stine from 1992 to 1997. Stine is still writing Goosebumps stories today but I grew up with the original series and I love those the most. In 2015, a new Goosebumps movie was released and this game was released the same year to accompany the movie. That’s basically everything you need to know to understand the inspiration for this game.
As always, there will be a makeup look at the end inspired by the game so if you’re only interested in that feel free to scroll down. I’m not very tech savvy so while I will mention the game system requirements, I probably won’t be able to answer any tech questions. This also isn’t a walk through, only a review. Let’s get into it!
Goosebumps: The Game is a point and click video game released for the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC by WayForward Technologies. The game was released October 13, 2015 and serves as a tie-in/prequel to the Goosebumps movie. It is rated as suitable for ages 10 and up and costs $10.00.
PC Game System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
- DirectX: Version 9.0
- Storage: 600 MB available space
- OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Processor: Indel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 x2 or higher
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: VIDIA® GeForce™ 200 series or higher, AMD® Radeon™ HD5000 series or higher
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 600 MB available space
The walk home from school today is going to be a lot spookier than usual… Your sleepy neighborhood’s been overrun by monsters! Werewolves prowl the woods, Gnomes roam underfoot, and scarecrows walk at midnight. But these aren’t ordinary monsters — they’re R.L. Stine’s famous Goosebumps monsters, released from their books and looking to wreak havoc!
You’ll need to use your wits to investigate the surroundings, puzzle out clues, and outsmart the monsters before it’s too late! Survive a trek through your neighborhood, unravel the mysteries of Dead House, and sneak through the mall after hours; only then can you confront Slappy and stop his plans for revenge! Player beware… you’re in for a scare!
This game is technically targeted toward preteens, which makes sense, but that did not affect my enjoyment of it in the slightest. I’ve played through this game multiple times. The basic story line remains the same each time you play through it but there are SO many hidden objects and Easter eggs to discover that it makes it worth replaying. Everything in this game just oozes nostalgia. The Goosebumps Wiki page listed out every single book and short story that is referenced. I’m going to copy and paste that here and then continue on with my thoughts.
Goosebumps (original series)
- Welcome to Dead House: The protagonist’s house transforms into Dead House. The movers also mention zombies, possibly referencing the zombies from the book. There’s also an achievement called “Welcome to Dead House”. The book’s manuscript also makes an appearance.
- Stay Out of the Basement: Dr. Brewer’s Clone appears as an enemy. There’s also an achievement called “Stay Out of the Forest”.
- Monster Blood: Monster Blood appears as an enemy. A song entitled Monster Blood can also be found on the protagonist’s computer.
- Say Cheese and Die!: The Camera appears as an item.
- The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb: It’s the name of an arcade game in the mall. The book’s manuscript also makes an appearance.
- Let’s Get Invisible!: An evil Reflection inside the magic mirror appears as an enemy. Also, the mirror appears as an item. Once the evil Reflection is defeated, a copy of the book itself actually appears and can be collected as an item in the player’s inventory.
- Night of the Living Dummy: Slappy appears as the main antagonist and is the last monster the player encounters in the game. Mr. Wood also appears at the very end of the game. The book’s manuscript also appears.
- The Girl Who Cried Monster: There’s an achievement called “The Monster Who Cried Girl”
- The Ghost Next Door: The title is used as the name of an achievement. Also, at the end of the game, R. L. Stine says he’s moving to Madison with his daughter.
- The Haunted Mask: The Mask appears as an item. It can later be worn as a way of scaring off the Beast from the East.
- Be Careful What You Wish For…: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Piano Lessons Can Be Murder: A piano manufactured by “Shreek & Toggles” appears inside Dead House.
- You Can’t Scare Me!: The title is referenced during the movers’ conversation.
- The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight: An inanimate scarecrow appears inside the van.
- Go Eat Worms!: A song found on the protagonist’s computer shares its name with the title of the book. It is also used as the name of an achievement.
- Ghost Beach: It’s the name of an arcade game in the mall.
- Return of the Mummy: A portrait of Prince Khor-Ru appears in the living room of Dead House. Also, a sarcophagus appears in the van.
- Phantom of the Auditorium: A picture of The Phantom appears inside the van.
- My Hairiest Adventure: The title is referenced during the movers’ conversation.
- The Cuckoo Clock of Doom: The Cuckoo Clock appears inside Dead House. One of its dates can be knocked off, just like in the book.
- It Came from Beneath the Sink!: The Grool appears as an Item.
- Night of the Living Dummy II: The title is mentioned.
- The Horror at Camp Jellyjam: “Jelly Jam” branded fruit preserves appear in the kitchen of Dead House. It’s also possible that King Jellyjam himself appeared in the game in pieces, at the Cavity City candy shop.
- Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes: The Lawn Gnomes appear as enemies.
- A Shocker on Shock Street: It’s the name of an achievement.
- The Headless Ghost: A portrait of Andrew Craw appears on a staircase wall of Dead House.
- How I Got My Shrunken Head: The Shrunken Head appears as an item.
- Bad Hare Day: Amaz-O appears. There’s also an achievement called “Good Hare Day”
- The Beast From the East: A Beast appears as an enemy.
- Legend of the Lost Legend: It’s the name of an arcade game in the mall.
- Calling All Creeps!: It’s the name of an achievement.
- How I Learned to Fly: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Don’t Go to Sleep!: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Werewolf Skin: The Werewolf Skin briefly appears inside the van during the intro.
Give Yourself Goosebumps
- Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter: A jar of Purple Peanut Butter appears as an item in the kitchen of Dead House.
- Deep in the Jungle of Doom: Cronby appears in the mall. There’s also an achievement called “Deep in the Jungle of Retail”.
- Scream of the Evil Genie: The movers mention an evil genie, possibly referring to either Jenna or Toobah from this book.
- Please Don’t Feed the Vampire!: Fifi appears being walked by Mrs. Forster.
- Little Comic Shop of Horrors: There’s a movie poster in the mall’s movie theater called “Lizardman 2”
- Toy Terror: Batteries Included: An Annihilator 3000 and Officer Murphy appear as enemies.
- Shop Till You Drop…Dead!: Living Mannequins appear as enemies. The name “Reggie Mayfield” appears in the mall.
- Invaders from the Big Screen: There’s a movie poster in the mall’s movie theaters called “Going Ape in Blastovision”. It’s also the name of an achievement.
- You’re Plant Food!: There’s an achievement called “You’re Not Plant Food!”
- It’s Only a Nightmare: It’s the name of an achievement.
- It Came from the Internet: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Elevator to Nowhere: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Danger Time: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Trick or…Trapped!: It’s the name of an achievement.
Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- An Old Story: Aunt Dahlia appears as an enemy.
- I’m Telling!: A Gargoyle with petrifying saliva appears in Dead House.
- Home Sweet Home: Mrs. Forster appears walking Fifi.
Goosebumps Series 2000
- I Am Your Evil Twin: There is an achievement called “I Was Your Evil Twin”.
- Are You Terrified Yet?: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls: The movers mention zombies, possibly referring to Graveyard Ghouls.
- Brain Juice: There’s an achievement called, “Using Good Ol’ Brain Juice”.
- It Came from Ohio!: It’s the name of an achievement gained after getting into a phone conversation with R.L. Stine.
- Be Afraid — Be Very Afraid!: It’s the name of an achievement.
- The Haunted Car: The movers reference the story of a haunted car, which one of the movers swear actually happened. It’s also the name of an achievement.
- Slappy’s Nightmare: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Earth Geeks Must Go!: It’s the name of an achievement.
Goosebumps HorrorLand and beyond
- Creep from the Deep: There’s a portrait of Captain Long Ben One-Leg in Dead House. It’s also the name of an achievement.
- My Friends Call Me Monster: It’s the name of an achievement.
- Little Shop of Hamsters: It’s the name of a pet store in the mall.
- Night of the Giant Everything: There is an achievement called “Night of the Giant Inventory”.
- A Nightmare on Clown Street: A portrait of Murder the Clown appears in the living room of Dead House. The player mentions a clown while talking to Slappy, possibly referring to Murder.
As you can see, I wasn’t kidding about this game being filled with Easter eggs and nostalgia. That is what makes it worth playing to me as an adult, more so than the actual game play, but I was honestly surprised by how difficult this game is since it is targeted toward a younger demographic. I expected to be able to fly through it but I actually had to look up a walk through for two or three of the puzzles. It’s not a simple kid’s game like you might expect and there’s enough game play to make it well worth the price.
If you grew up loving the Goosebumps books and have $10.00 to spare, I highly recommend you try this game out. This would also be a great game for the preteens and teens in your life. Now, let’s get into the makeup look!
This look was inspired by the original Goosebumps logo. When I think of Goosebumps, I think of acid green and black. I struggled to create this look and I’m not that pleased with it but I just didn’t have time to redo it. I searched for MONTHS for an acid green shimmer and could not find one. I finally settled for a loose glitter from J. Cat Beauty and while I don’t despise it, I don’t really like it either. However, I think this look is good enough for all of you to see what I was going for. As always, I will walk you through each step and link everything I used. I did set my primer with a cream eyeshadow first and won’t be mentioning it below. I will go in the order of the swatches on my wrist, left to right and top to bottom.
- I blended Image, Morphie 25B, above my natural crease and up near my brow bone.
- I then blended Talk, Morphie 25B, above my crease and up into Image, basically covering up Image. This helps to create a gradient in the shades.
- I then blended Effort, Morphie 25B, into my crease.
- I then deepened my crease with Little Black Book, Morphe 35V. This is an incredible black shade and blending it on top of the other shades helped to create a nice gradient of light to dark. I also used this shade to line my lower lash line and I lightly smudged it out.
- I applied Lucky, Profusion Spectrum, in the middle of my lid. I then topped it with the glitter in Poppin Lime from J.Cat Beauty.
- I applied Limelight from Looxi Beauty in my inner corner and on my brow bone. I lightly tapped Lucky on top of this shade to give it more of a green tint.
- Detail Crease Brush
- Tapered Blending Brush
- Flat Eyeshadow Brush
- Small Angled Brush
- Smudge Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Blending Brush, I used this brush to blend out the edges.
If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find this look with full details on Instagram.
I hope that all of you enjoyed my October video game choice. If you would like to see a play through of this game, John Wolfe on YouTube has an excellent one that you can see here. I’d love to know if you grew up with Goosebumps and if this game seems like one you’d enjoy! I’d also love your feedback on my makeup look. Thanks for reading and have a great day!