Goosebumps HorrorLand

Common Sense Media says

Subpar controls and repetitive game play mar spooky game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Children in the game help one another to get out of the strange amusement park that is keeping them trapped.

Ease of play

The Wii remote and nunchuk combination can be troublesome at times.

Violence

Light cartoon violence throughout, ranging from hitting vampires with garlic to pulling worms out of a giant slug. This is a horror game with lightly scary content.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Game is based on the Goosebumps series of books by RL Stine.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is loosely based on the Horrorland series of Goosebumps books by RL Stine. The game features familiar monsters from the series including the Horrors who are the hired employees of Horrorland. Parents will need to consider their kids tolerance for scary things, because as the name implies, there are some frightening aspects of this game for younger children, especially on levels where the monsters creep toward the screen, showing their features in close detail.

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What's it about?

GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND is a collection of minigames set in a spooky amusement park. The main mode of play is the story mode where your selected character receives a strange ticket to Horrorland, and with an onscreen friend, off you go. Working through each of the five zones of the park, you unlock various minigames each themed to one of the areas. As you complete and excel at games, you unlock new games and zones of the park, which can also be accessed from the main menu. Several of these games can be played by two players.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Even though the game boasts 30 "thrilling" activities, it quickly becomes apparent that the number of the games is quite small. Many of the games are simply a redesign of the earlier games, with a new skin on them. And the controls are subpar. Some games require the nunchuk attachment, while others do not; if you leave the nunchuck attached however you will encounter some severely tangled wires due to how some games are played. Expect a lot of swapping of controllers. Even the activities that require somewhat simple movements can fail at some point due to poor detection of the moves.

As intermediate levels are unlocked it will become quite challenging for the target age group to perform at the skill level that enables unlocking of the final couple of themed areas. So expect some frustration to occur for some of the less patient gamer kids out there. However, fans of the series will get a kick out of seeing classic characters like Amaz-o make appearances along new characters like the Great Gargantua and Horrifico.

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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
Price:$30-40
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Scholastic
Release date:October 30, 2008
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2)

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Kid, 10 years old Written bycoolkat June 1, 2009
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6
QUALITY
 

good

i love this game not the best for ds thoughmy ungle plays it all the time we love it yes in deed spooky

Kid, 10 years old Written byscarface24 November 3, 2009
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10
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Thriller game only lightly scary. Good for 10-year-olds

I love this game. It is OFF THE HOOK! I think it's great for kids 10 and up

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 24, 2011
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4
QUALITY
 

A Fun Adventure for 10 Year Olds and Up

The rating is perfect for this game. E10+ is good, due to a creepy and perilous feeling throughout the game.

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Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence

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