|System: DS, Wii, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Scholastic Media||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Elastic||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 07, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, even with HorrorLands challenge barriers, the game can be completed in just a short time. Still, the presentation and fan service should prove satisfying for lovers of the Goosebumps franchise. Most of the mini-games offer a quick burst of fun, and once youve played through them in story mode, theyll be unlocked for you to play in the games arcade. Games such as Calamity Canyon and Roller Ghoster are on par with the very best weve seen in any DS mini-game collection.
The presentation in HorrorLand, though a bit barren in its overall feel, offers an entertaining package. The graphics lack a bit of polish, and characters dont look great when zoomed-in on, but as a whole, the game is fairly attractive. The art style is decidedly macabre, but its also playful in a Saturday morning cartoon kind of way. The framerate is smooth, both when traversing the overworlds (park areas) and during each of the mini-games. Theres also a lot of variety in the appearance of each mini, and the game pays campy tribute to classic American horror flicks.
HorrorLands audio does a fine job as well, offering a good variety of park themes and mini-game sound effects. The aural elements exhibit a kid-friendly spookiness that fits perfectly with the whole Goosebumps vibe, and collecting tokens is oddly satisfying. Theres also a healthy dose of voice work that adds a little extra something to the games overall presentation.
The Goosebumps franchise has been chugging along since the early 90s, and though other series have surfaced to steal much of its thunder, theres sure to be at least a small fan base still in place. Both the Wii and DS are already saturated with mini-game collections, but HorrorLand manages to carve out a respectable niche with its premise and gameplay progression. Its not a game thats going to impress on any particular level, but the collection of games are, for the most part, fun and well-crafted. Long-time fans should get a kick out of the games atmosphere, and anyone looking for a good time-waster might also find satisfaction in this silly, though not very scary, adventure.
CCC Freelance Writer