Goosebumps HorrorTown Mobile Game Is Repetitive, Fun

Goosebumps: HorrorTown Haunted Halloween Game Details 

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Developer: Pixowl Inc.

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre: Simulation

Release Date: October 12, 2018

Platform: App Store and Google Play.

Social Networking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Game Description

Goosebumps: HorrorTown, which is based on R.L. Stine’s hit Goosebumps® book series and licensed by Scholastic, invites players to build and manage a seemingly quiet town where all is not as it seems. Players interact with both the human and monster sides as they collect iconic monsters including Slappy the ventriloquist dummy, scare townsfolk, and unlock compelling human characters. The game has been a hit with players, with over two million downloads and over 100 million hours spent building towns and scaring humans!

In the new Haunted Halloween event, the residents of HorrorTown are happily decorating their houses and planning their Halloween costumes. But Slappy is preparing an unexpected—and terrifying—surprise for everyone. Using the well-meaning attempts of two boys to create and advertise their business, Slappy will bring the town to the brink of utter chaos and destruction—or, as Slappy likes to think of it, “the best Halloween ever!”

Press Release

Overview

Goosebumps: HorrorTown: Haunted Halloween releases in honor of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opening in theaters nationwide. The mobile game is developed by Pixowl Inc., and it is based on R.L. Stine‘s bestselling stories franchise.

Haunted Halloween Features:

Build and manage a town with 50 new missions inspired by the film!

Four new characters: Sarah, Sonny, Sam, and Walter!

10 new monsters including Witches and the Headless Horseman!

50 new buildings and decorations

“Since launch, Goosebumps: HorrorTown has provided players with an ever-growing assortment of characters, monsters, and adventures set in R.L. Stine’s scarily fun world, and our new Haunted Halloween event is the biggest addition to the game yet…”

“…Only your efforts can prevent Slappy from destroying everything the town’s residents have built, so join other Goosebumps fans in HorrorTown as Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens.”

Arthur Madrid, CEO, and co-founder of Pixowl.

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Pros

Goosebumps: HorrorTown mobile stimulation game lets players invest in their own town. With the ability to build homes and businesses and renovate an entire town, there is an educational concept that is beneficial to anyone who plays if you know little to nothing about the linguistics of business. This is also informative and entertaining to those who want to get into business for a career.

The game design is great. Mobile games like this have good graphics. Sometimes even better than some computer games or video games. The quality of playing games on mobile devices have enhanced the player experience, and each operating system software update gets better than the last. In a time that’s majority focused on technology, this is paramount. We are in a time where people are relying on their mobile devices more than anything else. Tablets and cell phones can almost replace laptops and desktops with all the advanced apps that are being created.

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The story and plot add excitement to the game-play. When Goosebumps: HorrorTown starts, and throughout the game, it introduces the players with narrations and instructions. This is entertaining if it’s your first time playing these kinds of games. As the player, you meet various characters, and coming from the world of R.L. Stine, they are interesting characters.

Players also take on a detective role-playing concept as the game comes with mysteries to solve just like in the original stories and movies. Detective games are entertaining for all ages. On the flip side, the game comes with controls that are simple and user-friendly. This simplicity can get boring as the player doesn’t have much hands-on convenience due to restriction. Games like these are like an operation manual. Press a button and the game does the rest.

Compare this to video games such as Scooby Doo on platforms such as XBox One. The concepts are different, however, with the latter game, the player has more freedom and control on the game-play. Even the Goosebumps video game has more control freedom and a more genuine experience to solving mysteries with the many interesting tasks the player completes that makes it feel like a mission. It makes the game-play experience more entertaining.

Cons

Mobile games such as this come with repetition, and this is no exception to Goosebumps: HorrorTown. The many games like this developed prior make this edition by Pixowl Inc. just another addition to the collection. The only difference is the Goosebumps twist, which comes accompanied by the creepy characters inspired by the original stories and movies. This mobile game world is equivalent to the Monopoly board game franchise. There are constant renditions, but the game remains the same.

Just as with other like-minded games, Goosebumps: HorrorTown takes a great deal of investment if players want to succeed in the game. There is a big investment of time, in which players will need to devote their time to progress in the town and make it thrive how it’s shown on game demos and game-plays.

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Players start off with a certain amount of funds in coins and dollars. They need the funds to do certain things in the game, such as build homes and businesses and other accessories around the town. However, when these courtesy funds run low or run out, which doesn’t take long, the player’s stuck with either completing tasks to achieve more funds for free, which can take a lot of time, or purchasing funds with real money if the player wants to continue building in a way that isn’t time-consuming. In this aspect, there is a huge investment in real money, which can get expensive if players go this route.

Without the needed funds to build, the game is at a standstill. The characters in the game are walking around without aim, and the player is just looking at the screen, figuring out what to do next. For a game that’s suited for ages 9 and older, this is an inconvenience. Children love these games, as it allows their creative and imaginative minds to flow, but when they can’t continue the game because their funds have run out and they can’t invest real money themselves, and when their parents don’t want to invest real money in the game, they lose interest in the game. Mobile games such as these bring about critical reviews among players that highlights this problem. This is the issue most complained about from players, whether or not they have the money to invest.

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