Jumpscare is “The technique, typically used in horror films and video games, of having something occur suddenly and without warning to frighten the audience.”
Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion (formerly known as Spooky’s House of Jumpscares) is an adorable game. A floating ghost girl, who introduces herself as Spooky, would like you to take on her challenge of going through a thousand rooms in her mansion, and get to the end. Or is there even an end? That’s for you to find out when you finish your adventure.
Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion starts you out with walking through some vast empty rooms. The further down you go into the empty rooms, the darker it gets, and the scarier the rooms get. Sometimes notes will appear for you to read, or little cardboard cutouts will spring at you, occasionally having one of the aforementioned notes. Nothing too scary!
Room sixty is an example of how easy it is to be misled. The room itself isn’t much different than the other randomly selected rooms, besides a few things. The room is a bit more furnished. There’s a table with a note on it, there’s a rug, and there also happens to be one giant sickly dark green puddle in the middle of the floor which is nothing too out of the ordinary. If the giant puddle didn’t make it obvious, this room is one of the more scripted rooms, in which you get to encounter your first dangerous monster, which has something to do with that weird puddle previously mentioned.
There are a good portion of scripted and “Specimen”-themed rooms, and they are most certainly creepy and intimidating.
The game has three endings, each with their own specific requirements. One ending is normal; it follows the mysterious story and leaves the game on a mild cliff note. One ending could be considered bad; if you’ve been too violent during your time in the mansion, you’ll get this ending. The last ending is rather hilarious, as in if you play the game with jumpscares and specimens disabled (this can be done in the menu), you get a joke ending where Spooky unhappily congratulates you for making it that far.
Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion is a long game. But after beating it, now what? You can go back and get the other endings, but past that, the base game is a rinse-and-repeat of itself. With that in mind, the creators of the game released a DLC (Downloadable Content). Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion p’s DLC, titled Karamari hospital. You start off in room 951. So close to the thousandth door! But as you press a button to go down, you suddenly start plummeting down below, crashing into the new previously unseen and revised levels, Karamari Hospital.
Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion is a considerably old game. It was released on Steam during the date of July 28, 2015. The game is free to play and download, but the DLC and the soundtrack can also be bought (bought together for $11.98). It has very positive reviews, and is a 9/10 on Steam.