Review: Goosebumps Dead Of Night – Survival Horror For Kids That’s Far Too Short

Reader beware, you’re in for a meh.

It’s embarrassing to admit this, but Goosebumps Dead of Night can be – on the rare occasion – a touch frightening. Given that the books and films (upon which this game is based) were about as scary as rocket salad, we were rather surprised to find this outing to be genuinely – whisper it – quite atmospheric in places. It has its fair share of problems, but a lot more effort has gone into this game than went into the majority of the book series. We always preferred Point Horror, anyway.

The plot, such as it is, seems to follow on from the ending of the second Goosebumps movie (the not as good one). Author R.L Stine (gamely voiced here by the ever-marvellous Jack Black) has been trapped in his own typewriter by malevolent mannequin Slappy, a ventriloquist’s doll who wants far more than a “gottle o’ geer.”

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