February 5, 2015

Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland

DreamWorks Interactive, 1996

Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland is the second game in the Goosebumps computer game series based on R.L. Stine's horror paperback novels with the same name. Goosebumps novels, especially written for kids, features mild horror and suspense elements while keeping all the good entertaining aspects. In this sequel, you play the game as the friend of Lizzy and his bothers, Luke and Clay. Luke and Clay have once again sucked by the haunted house and transported to the Horrorland, a very scary and spooky amusement theme park. You follow Lizzy and after an enchanted ride you ultimately end up in the middle of the Horrorland. The game starts and you find Lizzy talking to her bothers, which are captured and locked in the Horrorland. Your main objective is to rescue Lizzy and her brothers and escape the Horrorland. But, its not an easy escape as you have to solve many difficult puzzles while exploring various places of the theme park, encounter many monsters like the Dracula, the Werewolf and also defeat the main villain, a psycho-scientist. Other challenges include solving of mind-boggling puzzles, killing spiders, ghosts and mummies in the sewers and the most important, to find and collect gold tokens and book covers that will increase your game points and score.

Brilliant graphics used in the game are incredibly detailed and look very realistic. Live action video of acclaimed big-screen celebrities like Jeff Goldblum, Isabella Rosselline, and many others are used as characters and superimposed onto 3D pre-rendered backgrounds. The music and special effects are well done and make the game atmosphere very scary. The controls are mouse dependent and a hand icon guides the player in the game. Overall, this is a nice and a little scary game and a bit hard to find in the stores now, but if you find a copy then don’t hesitate to give it a try.