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DON'T GET SPOOKED is an Interactive Fiction parody-horror adventure on Bogleech. In it, an unsuspecting traveler (you) goes into THE SPOOKIEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD to escape the rain, and encounters many bizarre and spooky creatures. While interacting with these creatures, make decisions that will make them happy and not spook you. If you get too spooked, something will go wrong.

It features over sixty possible monster encounters, and the creatures are sourced mainly from Internet horror phenomena, but also include more mainstream stories and even Halloween decorations; fitting as it is, in Bogleech's own words, his "ultimate love letter to Halloween, horror and creepypasta".

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  • Affably Evil: Some of the monsters you encounter are this, such as the Magnificent Maggot, who is polite and gives you advice through the game... and also talks about wanting to eat you, or at least whatever remains of you when the Queen is finished with you.
  • Affectionate Parody: The game is this to both Creepypasta and more general horror.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The Golden Ending ends with the player becoming the new Nightmare Queen.
  • Another Dimension: The Evil World is an alternate plane of darkness the player can enter after using the Evil Key to open the Evil Door.
  • Author Appeal: Bug-like monsters, Surreal Humor, Surreal Horror, and spoofs of creepypasta/horror cliches? Yep, Bogleech made this alright.
  • But Thou Must!: After giving the Monster Album to the Nightmare Queen in the Golden Ending, she will ask the player if they want everything the house has to offer. Saying no will restart the beginning of her encounter.
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  • The Cameo: The game has many cameos, mostly of well-known creepypasta characters. And also, Dino-Drac.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Many creatures you meet and objects you acquire, while seemingly just random funny bits, often come in handy later on. The Cyclops Baby, for example, is the only monster in the distorted world whose speech turns out to be relevant later on (it gives you the correct responses to give to the Magboils).
  • Dark World: The Evil World.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Some monsters are clearly ancient and horrific abominations, such as Cthulhu, Slenderman, and Catscape, but with others it's less certain.
    • The Blackness in the Evil World is definitely full of them.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The Spookiest House in the World is this by itself, with all the strange monsters and weird guest rooms, but when you get too spooked... things take a turn for the even worse. Most stuff disappears and the rooms warp and twist into even weirder, almost-unrecognizable forms. The only way to get rid of it is to get less spooked by looking at the cat picture.
    • The Evil World, is definitely one, and the Hospital, Kitchens, and Blackness within it count on their own, too.
  • Expy: A few of these, alongside the actual cameos. Notably:
    • Catscape is one of Dogscape.
    • Mikey Mice is Mickey Mouse, based on the creepypasta "Suicidemouse.avi".
    • Frowndog at first appears to be one of Smiledog, but it is revealed to be the actual Smiledog once you give it Jeff the Killer's smile.
  • Fan Disservice: Sexual content displeasing to the audience by being too gross to be considered conventional fanservice is played horrifyingly straight with the zombies in the bathrooms and the Gross Boobs Ghost.
  • Featureless Protagonist: The player's never physically seen, the entire game being shown from their perspective.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Popular Creepypasta (and Crappyasta) characters such as Slenderman, Jeff the Killer, and the Skeleton That Popped Out; elements from the SCP Foundation, Cthulhu, characters from Bogleech's own Awful Hospital and Burgrr stories, Halloween decorations like Spirit Halloween's Convulsing Nurse, and original characters all feature.
  • Monster Compendium: You have a gallery of all the monsters you meet as you go, and seeing all of them unlocks a secret ending.
  • Monster Mash: By way of the game having the player explore a house containing all sorts of monsters and creatures (with Creepypasta characters to boot), it certainly qualifies as a monster mash.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The nude female ghost at least at first.
  • Multiple Endings: The game has three different endings depending on how many monsters the player has managed to encounter.
    • The first, "normal" one forces you into a Mon-style battle with the Nightmare Queen, using various monsters you recruited earlier (the proper order being Rake, Smiledog, Slenderman, Candle Cove, Slenderman, Smiledog, Rake). The Nightmare Queen will kill all of the monsters you send to fight her, but ends up sparing you after finding out you have Ecto-Cooler in your possession, which she proceeds to share with all the other monsters in the house.
    • The second one requires you to backtrack and find an optional ally, Vulthrax. His involvement turns the boss fight into an eldritch porno.
    • The third is a Golden Ending, obtainable by completing all the Monster Album's entries and handing the Monster Album to the Nightmare Queen when you confront her. She decides to leave behind her exoskeleton and the house to cause terror elsewhere, appointing you as the new Nightmare Queen.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: The exit option for some of the monster encounters in the distorted house is a simple "NO", implying that the player is too horrified to think of anything to say to them.
  • Second-Person Narration: Used to describe the events.
  • Self-Deprecation: Dead Skull's description in the guest list has the game refer to itself as "this crap you're looking at now".
  • Shmuck Bait: At one point the player is asked if they want to see 'gross ghost boobs'.
  • Shout-Out: The two zombies who can be found in the house's bathrooms ask you to watch their dance, requiring you to keep clicking on the option until you are rewarded. All of this is referencing a "boss fight" in Monster Party, where you have to watch two zombies dance and not fight in order to win.
  • Surreal Horror: Plenty of this throughout, especially in the Evil World and the house's transformations.
  • Surreal Humor: Plenty of this too, though it often overlaps with the Surreal Horror above.
  • Take That!:
    • When Candle Cove joins your party, he mentions that he wishes people would stop making shitty sequels to him.
    • Jeff the Killer's description on the guest list acknowledges him as one of the most famous Creepypasta characters, then adds that this doesn't mean he's one of the better ones.

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