Goosebumps: The Game
Gamers beware, you’re in for a scare!
As a kid growing up in the nineties, Goosebumps was definitely one of my personal favourite horror series, whether it was watching an episode on the TV or whether is was reading one of their multi choice books which resulted in different endings. Author R.L Stine defintely knew a thing about writing child friendly horrors.
This point and click adventure ties in with the release of the movie which is out this month (October) and the film features actor/musician Jack Black.
“With the Goosebumps license and the first-person point and click gameplay style, it required us to take a different approach from what we have traditionally done at Wayforward,” writes director Tomm Hulett on the PS Blog. “Fortunately, it was an approach that meshed very well with the tenets of horror and the story we are trying to tell.”
“The whole point of a scary game is to control the atmosphere and the player’s mood so you can effectively stage scare moments. Too many developers build an entire action game and then expect to drape “scary stuff” over the top of it during the polish phase, resulting in a bland atmosphere, failed scares, and an overall rushed feeling.
“I was glad to finally sidestep the debate entirely by building a horror game in this room-by-room structure. Everything was planned and called out up front; we knew exactly what we needed to build. It was refreshing to watch our “scare” elements come together smoothly.”
“I’m not satisfied if the game is merely Goosebumps-flavored, or brand-adjacent,” Hulett adds. “I couldn’t sleep if the game felt like anything less than an authentic Goosebumps product with all the hallmarks that entails. It also helped that we were able to visit Sony Pictures to screen the film early on to provide inspiration and insight into the direction of the movie to help set up the prequel story.”
Here is the Playstations debut trailer for the game.
Goosebumps: The Game will be available PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS & PC. Set for release on 14th October 2015.
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