This is the last of PlayStation Halloween games that I got on sale. Like I, Zombie, which you can read my review of here, I’m not sure how much I paid for this game, but believe me it was cheap. Anyway, I just didn’t get this game on sale, I got it because as a child growing up Goosebumps were the books that made me the avid reader that I am today. I would get a new book almost every week as I devoured book after book after book. I wanted some nostalgia and I got it on sale so why not. I also got all the trophies for this game, so that means it’s time for a review.
In Goosebumps: The Game, you get to choose your character, pick from a high school teenage boy or girl and give him or her a name. You’ll never actually see your character so it’s basically just for reference purposes as you make your way through this point and click type of game. After a mysterious moving van crashes in front of your house, your house now turns into a haunted house straight out of a Goosebumps book. You’ll have to make your way through the house and face various different obstacles before finding out that Slappy is behind all of this. It’ll be up to you to stop Slappy and all of his evil doings.
As much as I loved the Goosebumps books growing up, this game was seriously not for me. I didn’t like the style of it, I didn’t like the point and click puzzles that were impossible to figure out without a guide, and I just didn’t like the overall story of the game. The Goosebumps fan that’s still inside of me was horribly disappointed and let down by this game that was really a waste of 5 whole hours that I could have been doing something else. That could have been 5 hours in another game that I actually enjoyed and would have made some progress on. This put a stop to it though and the overall experience of this game was just meh. There’s really nothing to write home and brag about this game because as I said it’s just a standard point and click game.
While the playability of this game was simple enough, the puzzles were so obscure at times that if you don’t use a guide you’ll never know what you’re doing. This gets boring and tedious really fast as simple puzzles become frustrating. I will say that for a point and click game on the PS4 though that it worked rather well and everything felt really well done and thought out. I would have liked for there to be some more hints here and there on what needed to be done, but that’s just me. I did enjoy the fact that this game was bug and glitch free which gives it a few extra bonus points because I swear if there were bugs or glitches in this game I would have smashed my controller into a million little pieces.
The graphics for this game were pretty simple and that’s ok. The Goosebumps characters matched up to the cover art for the books that they were featured in and the overall game looked good. Is it a AAA game that has amazing graphics? No, but it’s a simple game that has fitting graphics. Everything that needed to be detailed was and that was a huge plus for this game as it made you live out a proper Goosebumps experience.
SO MUCH READING! There is so much reading in this game that it just got to be really tiring. There was some really bad voice acting, but the rest was just like reading a book and seriously if I wanted to read a book I would read a book not play a video game where I had to read every single thing. Now don’t get me wrong. Sometimes reading isn’t bad in games like when you’re playing Dragon Age: Origins and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim where your character doesn’t talk, but at least the people around you do. This whole thing except for some of the beginning and the end was just all reading and it got to be so much that I skipped a lot of the text.
There are a total of 41 trophies for this game and if you don’t play it right you’re going to miss a lot of the trophies and the game is going to get frustrating really quickly. It’s really suggested that you use a guide for playing the game. I can see wanting to play the game for the first time without using a guide that that’s perfectly fine, but after that I suggest using that guide so that you won’t have a problem getting the trophies that are really easy and a really easy platinum to add to your collection.
Another game that I picked up with no multiplayer. I almost can’t believe it. Three games in a row. I’m extremely proud of myself because I really do not like multiplayer games or games that feel like they have this added on multiplayer that doesn’t need to be there. I’m really happy to say that this has seriously been a good year for single player games.
Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.
+ This game is for hardcore Goosebumps fans both old and new even though you might feel a little lost depending on the last time that you’ve actually read a Goosebumps book. For me that was probably a good 20 years ago.
What’s Not So Great:
– This game relies heavily on you being a die hard Goosebumps fan and knowing every single thing about almost every single book if you want to make it through this point and click game without using a guide.
– Some of these trophies and puzzles are so obscure that I really can’t see anyone fully completing this game without using a guide and this takes a lot of the fun out of the game if you can’t experience if to the max by yourself.
– There is so much reading to do in this game that you’ll end up skipping half of the reading because it’s tedious and just boring.
I would say that if you’re an old Goosebumps fan like myself that you just skip this game. It’s seriously not worth it and you really won’t remember all that much of what’s going on. The only thing that was memorable for me was seeing Slappy who was featured in a book I read a really long time ago. Everything else really feel flat on me and that kind of took a lot of the enjoyment out of the game for me. If you’re really desperate to play this game because of your love for point and click games and Goosebumps, I would say to wait until this game goes on sale because even for the easy platinum, it’s not worth the current $14.99 price tag. If you’re not a Goosebumps fan and you’re not a point and click game fan, then I would say even though the platinum is an easy one, why bother going through all the trouble and just skip it.