Goosebumps Dead of Night | PS4 Review
Updated: Nov 19
Goosebumps Dead of Night is a first-person stealth-horror game developed and published by Cosmic Forces. It is currently available on Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Switch. For the purposes of my review I was playing the PlayStation 4 version.
Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Goosebumps books written by R.L Stine were a staple for me. Of the 62 books released I could likely admit that I owned the majority of them and read them all cover to cover so now, as an adult, to have Goosebumps Dead of Night land itself into my gaming library was certainly an interesting nostalgia hit for me and couldn’t have come anymore out of the blue than it did. Goosebumps Dead of Night features classic characters that any existing fans of the series will already be familiar with such as the Graveyard Ghoul, Lawn Gnomes, and the infamous Slappy the Dummy, who quite honestly terrified me for my entire childhood and still continues to haunt me as a 27 year old - thanks, illogical fear of creepy dolls!
Slappy the Dummy is up to his old tricks again and has unleashed a torrent of monsters on the world and it's your job to stop him. To do this your main aim will be to collect manuscript pages which will allow you to seal Slappy away. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to go about this business unhindered and will have to creep and sneak your way through the eerie mansion hiding away from what can only be described as death incarnate or having your pockets picked by pesky Lawn Gnomes. Narrated by Jack Black who voices the role of R.L Stine himself, you need to physically help Stine write the monsters away and reclaim his manuscripts.
You're effectively defenseless in Goosebumps Dead of Night so stealth is totally essential otherwise you’ll find yourself seeing the game over screen once or twice. Stealth absolutely isn’t my forte or general preference so I struggled a little bit with the stealth aspects but they weren’t overly difficult as there were ample places to hide. Alongside the stealth the gameplay is complemented by some excellent puzzles which I really enjoyed.
Goosebumps Dead of Night isn’t particularly difficult or overly scary in the typical sense that you expect from a horror game and so for this reason I’d say it's very well suited to younger gamers particularly around Halloween. The controls are also very simple and posed no real difficulty and just seemed to work as intended so never caused me any frustration. I enjoyed it mostly for nostalgia reasons because Goosebumps really held a huge place in my childhood so to be able to take control of a Goosebumps inspired and based game really was a joy. I think my main criticism of Goosebumps Dead of Night is that it was incredibly short. I had it completed in about 2 and a half hours and in that time I covered the game's three chapters. I would have liked a bit more because I did find myself having such a great time reliving some nostalgia in a recently made game and I feel like with the massive repertoire of characters and stories that exists within the Goosebumps universe, I could imagine so many other scenarios, characters and stories that they could have made reference to through little easter eggs or quests.
I really enjoyed my time playing Goosebumps Dead of Night - not because of the challenge posed or the depth of it but purely for the nostalgia purposes. If you were a fan of Goosebumps as a child then this would be right up your street. If you're looking for something a bit different this Halloween season or if you have a child at home who is looking for something fun to do but not overly scare them silly, then Goosebumps Dead of Night would be a worthy contender.
Lj’s Rating: 3.5 annoying Lawn Gnomes out 5.
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