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Goosebumps HorrorTown is a village simulator for iOS and Android featuring characters from the Goosebumps series.

The premise of the game is expanding the city of 'HorrorTown' and its residents which range from inquisitive kids, shady neighbors and actual monsters. Players can gain experience and progress further by having the monsters terrorize the humans and filling in the 'scare-o-meter'.

This game provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: All the monsters hate Slappy in part for all the mischief he frequently causes.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: As the game progresses it becomes more and more difficult to expand to new areas. Various gems and other expansion materials are required and can only be obtained from getting the maximum 'scare-o-meter' ranking within a twenty-four hour period or via premium objects.
  • Ascended Extra: Mrs. Dark from The Girl Who Cried Monster is one of the main characters in the game.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Will Blake from The Werewolf of Fever Swamp just eats dog food as opposed to preying on humans and animals.
    • Spidey/Fritz Fredericks is portrayed as a more straight forward good scientist.
  • Alien Invasion: The 'Invasion of the Body Squeezers' event features this.
  • Bad Santa: Kris from the 'Attack of the Christmas Presents' event ends up as this.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: While it's possible to complete the game's events without paying anything, the premium characters usually make it easier to progress.
  • Celebrity Paradox: At one point, Mr. Mortman mentions some horror authors, including R.L. Stine.
  • Continuity Nod: The Pumpkin Heads' alien forms are based off their appearances from the television show as are the other haunted masks.
  • Dead All Along: Shaeron is revealed to be this in the game's version of The Ghost Next Door.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ricky Beamer is mentioned a little while before you're able to access him and the Calling All Creeps quest.
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  • Holiday Mode: The game has had special events for holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. For Halloween 2018 the game had a special tie-in event for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and introduced the three main protagonists into the town.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Sader runs his pawn shop like this and usually only cares about making a profit.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Mrs. Maaargh constantly tries to eat the kids but Marty often stops her.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: During the Valentine Night Fever event, there is a quest featuring dancing zombies that is titled "A Thrilling Date".
  • Mythology Gag: Curly suggests that Sarah make him the mascot of the book she's writing, saying it
"worked well in the past", a nod to Curly's former status as the Goosebumps mascot.
  • Narrator: Curly, the Goosebumps mascot, serves as the narrator for most of the game's events. Occasionally other characters will interact with him.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-universe the town's monster presence causes more people wanting to move in.
  • Pet the Dog: Marty is generally depicted as being an obnoxious bully although he looks after his grandma and will occasionally act nice.
  • Predator-Prey Friendship: Jack the Pumpkin Head befriends a human girl and subsequently refuses to participate in the invasion with the others.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Mrs. Maaargh and Mr. Mortman have a 'thing' going on. In the books they are part of separate stories.
  • Recursive Canon: One of the items you can add is a kiosk full of Goosebumps books.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Spidey is Billy Deep's uncle, instead of Dr. Deep.
  • Rotten Robotic Replacement: Synthia is a robot replacement for the missing Cynthia (who has been kidnapped by Professor Shock).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In The Girl Who Cried Monster Mrs. Dark eats Mr. Mortman. In the game she just threatens him.
    • In Attack of the Mutant the Masked Mutant is melted at the end. The game's version has a similar fate only to reveal that he survived and is still out there.
  • Shout-Out: During the Haunted Halloween event, we find out the school has a janitor named Mr. Kruger.. During the same event, Greg mentions hiring a nanny named Laurie Strode.
    • Murder the Clown tells a clown named Pennywise that he is "demonic"
    • During the Welcome to Dead House event, Compton Dawes runs a business called Better Call Dawes.
  • Truer to the Text: Some of the quests based on certain book's are closer to said book than their television adaptation. For example, Attack of the Mutant includes The Magnificent Molecule Man, who was left out of the episode.

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