Goosebumps: The Game is a point and click Goosebumps video game released for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS by WayForward Technologies. The game was released on October 13, 2015, and serves as a tie-in/prequel to the Goosebumps film.
On October 9, 2018, the game was released for the Nintendo Switch to promote the release of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.
- 1 Blurb
- 2 Characters
- 3 Books and stories referenced
- 4 Critical reception
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
- 7 See also
- 8 References
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!
- For a list of characters, visit the characters page.
Books and stories referenced
- 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". This is achieved when the player stands outside the 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", which is achieved by using weed killer on the clone.
- 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. Additionally, in your mailbox you can find a coupon for the Dairy Freeze.
- 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", which is achieved by distracting Officer Murphy with a mannequin.
- 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, which is a reference to the Goosebumps film.
- 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; it is achieved by gathering certain items.
- 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. It is also the name of an achievement, which is achieved by collecting every other achievement.
- The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight: An inanimate scarecrow appears inside the van.
- Deep Trouble: A song with this title can be found on your computer.
- 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, which is achieved by dying in 10 different ways.
- 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. It is also the name of an achievement, which is achieved by avoiding the Monster Blood beneath the sink.
- 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. It is achieved by doing the laundry.
- 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.
- Night of the Living Dummy III: Chad once refers to Slappy as "Smiley", which is a name Slappy was given in this book.
- Bad Hare Day: Amaz-O appears. There's also an achievement called "Good Hare Day", which is achieved by placing a top hat on Amaz-O.
- 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.
- Vampire Breath: A song with this title can be found on your computer.
- Calling All Creeps!: It's the name of an achievement, which is achieved by grabbing your cell phone from a locker.
- How I Learned to Fly: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by finishing the game in 175 turns or fewer.
- Don't Go to Sleep!: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by charging your cell phone.
- Werewolf Skin: The Wolf Skin briefly appears inside the van during the intro.
- 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 the Troll (referred to as ""Cronby the Leprechaun") appears in the mall. There's also an achievement called "Deep in the Jungle of Retail", achieved by solving Cronby's riddle.
- 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. Additionally, a store in the mall is called "Hasley's Toys". The title is also the name of an achievement. It is achieved by defeating an Annihilator 3000.
- Zapped in Space: One of the videos games you find in your room is "Adrift off Vega". The mall arcade is called Zapp's Arcade.
- Shop Till You Drop...Dead!: Living Mannequins appear as enemies. The name "Reggie Mayfield" appears in the mall. It is also the name of an achievement, which is achieved by entering 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, which is achieved by picking a dialogue option with Aunt Dahlia.
- You're Plant Food!: There's an achievement called "You're Not Plant Food!" It is achieved by picking up an amulet and entering the forest after meeting Chad.
- It's Only a Nightmare: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by not using the cell phone throughout the entire game.
- It Came from the Internet: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by using the cell phone to play music on one of the ghost boys.
- Elevator to Nowhere: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by accessing the mysterious dimension in every way possible.
- Danger Time: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved when you complete the game with no battery left in your cell phone.
- All-Day Nightmare: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by finishing the game in 300 turns or fewer.
- Trick or...Trapped!: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by avoiding the Lawn Gnomes in the dark hallways.
- "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.
- "Dr. Horror's House of Video": A poster for "Lizardman 2" is seen on the side of Edwood's Theater.
- I Am Your Evil Twin: There is an achievement called "I Was Your Evil Twin". It is achieved by defeating the reflection with a handheld mirror.
- Are You Terrified Yet?: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by accessing the bookstore behind the candy store.
- 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". This is achieved by using the cell phone to call R.L. Stine.
- 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. It is achieved by defeating the Beast from the East.
- 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. It is achieved by using Chad to travel around town.
- Slappy's Nightmare: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by using certain dialogue options when confronting Slappy and making him confess his greatest secret.
- Earth Geeks Must Go!: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by getting 250 points on a skeeball game.
- 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. It is achieved by tossing 10 expendable items into a deep, dark hole.
- My Friends Call Me Monster: It's the name of an achievement. It is achieved by defeating Slappy while wearing the Haunted Mask.
- 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", which is achieved by collecting every item in the game.
- 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.
Goosebumps: The Game received generally unfavorable reviews from critics. Reviewing the PS4 version, Push Start gave the game a 2/10, praising the game's references to the books but criticizing the puzzles and writing. Reviewing the Nintendo 3DS version, Nintendo Life considered the game to be directionless and underwhelming, criticizing the game for its weak story and puzzles. On the other hand, they enjoyed the Goosebumps references and visual style, and ultimately rated the game a 5/10. In another review of the 3DS version, Nintendo Insider found the game to be confusing and disappointing. 
In a harsh review of the Nintendo Switch version, Leo Faria of WayTooManyGames called the game "plain awful" and "one of the worst" licensed games he had played in a while. He rated it a 3.5/10, criticizing the game for its plot, wiring, visuals, and sound. Ollie Reynolds of Switch Player felt similarly and rated the game 1/5 stars. In a positive review, Bonus Stage thought the game was fun and exciting, favorably comparing the game to the books and rating the game a "very good" 8/10 rating. In a negative review of Goosebumps Dead of Night, Destructoid gave this game a favorable recommendation.
- There are three ghost children that the player has to make cross over to the afterlife:
- The player can get rid of the female ghost (called "Angry Girl" when speaking) by knocking the year 1988 off The Cuckoo Clock. This is very similar to how Tara Webster was removed from The Cuckoo Clock of Doom. While this could be used as evidence that the girls are the same, the girl and Tara are of different races and hair colors.
- In the first movie, Stine moved to Madison, Delaware a few years ago, and since the player had an iPhone, the game may have taken place sometime between 2007 - 2015.
- During the second film, Stine at first claims that his books have only gotten loose once before, before subsequently recanting that statement and remembering that they have gotten loose a number of other times. This may be an indirect reference to the events of this game and Night of Scares.
- The game's opening cutscene is very similar to the movie's alternate opening.
- The password to the computer in the study, "1081943" is R.L. Stine's birthday (October 8, 1943).
- The combination to the trunk in the master bedroom, "1992" is the year Welcome to Dead House was published.
- In the game, Fifi is Mrs. Forster's dog, even though they are from two different books.
- Mr. Wood, Dr. Brewer's Clone, the Grool and Aunt Dahlia appear even though they have been killed off in previous stories.
- While in the mall, the protagonist can pick up a note left behind by a security guard that has instructions for reaching the security office. The note is worded very similarly to the phone messages left for the player in the horror game, Five Nights at Freddy's.
- If the player tries to enter the furnace in the basement of Dead House, the player is met with a message saying, "Nope! So Much Nope!". This is a reference to the "Nope!" Internet meme.
- The cassette recorder sports the "CONY" logo, which is a play on "SONY" since this is a Sony game.
- On the player's computer, you can find several songs by an artist named "Todd Zombie." This is likely a reference to musician Rob Zombie.
- Due to Nintendo systems lacking an achievements feature, achievements do not appear in the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch versions of the game.
- When the player enters the kitchen of Dead House for the first time, the music's volume gets quiet than usual, and it stays that way for a while. The volume goes back to normal when you enter the living room after escaping from the Monster Blood, where you see Slappy's message on the player's TV.
- In the mall, there is a movie theater called "Edwood's Theaters". This is a reference to sci-fi director Ed Wood.
- Push Square - Goosebumps: The Game Review (PS4)
- Nintendo Life - Goosebumps: The Game Review (Nintendo 3DS)
- Nintendo Insider - Goosebumps: The Game Review (Nintendo 3DS
- WayTooManyGames - Goosebumps: The Game Review (Nintendo Switch)
- Switch Player - Goosebumps: The Game Review (Nintendo Switch)
- Push Start - Goosebumps: The Game Review (Nintendo Switch)
- Destructoid - Review: Goosebumps Dead of Night
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