Ah, yes…Spooky’s House of Jumpscares! This is one of those games that I have heard a lot about over the last year or so, and it’s a game that I think has kind of grown a cult following behind it. It’s one I have been meaning to try out, so I figured that maybe a video of it would be a fun, creepy way to kick off the 2015 Halloween season right! :)
The game has an interesting concept behind it: You play as a nosy history enthusiast who travels to this ancient house that’s so old that no one in the town really knows anything about it. If that concept sounds familiar, maybe you’ve read The Strange High House in the Mist by Lovecraft. Anyway, inside you meet a ghost named Spooky who challenges you to make it through all 1,000 rooms of her house. If you make it to the end, who knows what awaits you there. Now, although 1,000 rooms sounds like a lot, many of the rooms are very short. The game is procedurally generated so that you can’t expect the exact same layouts on any subsequent playthroughs, and this is very important when it comes to the times that you need to run away from various dangerous entities.
The game is broken up into 50 room blocks. The first 50 are pretty laid back and you will just encounter some non-threatening jump scares. But, after saving in the 50th room and moving on to the 51st, you’ll start encountering enemies that can hurt and kill you that begin to give chase. Getting away can be either easy or very hard, and sometimes whether you survive or not is luck of the draw. Some rooms will have splitting paths or multiple doors, and only one is correct while the others lead you to getting cornered by the creature. This mechanic makes the game fun and hectic, and when coupled with random jumpscares, searching for keys for doors, and other things, it results in a rather fun experience.
Best of all, the game is completely free on Steam! So, if you enjoy what you see here, I highly recommend you check it out for yourself!
Anyway, stay tuned folks – more fun is on the way!