On the surface, Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion looks like a cute game. Spooky, the titular character, is drawn in an endearing manner, and the little signs that pop out to "jump-scare" you are adorable. But underlying the foundations of the game is actually a masterpiece of little frights. As you slowly get accustomed to the gameplay, Spooky's finds ways to chill you to the bone, all while maintaining that same level of cuteness.
Traversing the thousand rooms of Spooky's Mansion is not a small feat. However, while cautiously (or recklessly) walking through those doors, you might have missed a few tidbits about the very game you are playing. Read on if you want to learn more about this most adorable of horror games.
10 Changes To The Original Title
The original title of the game, Spooky's House of Jump Scares, received a "cease and desist." The developers behind a game from a company called Spooky House Studios based in Germany wished to trademark the name "Spooky House."
As such, Lag Studios, the developer behind our favorite jump-scare game, changed Spooky's House of Jump Scares to Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion. Perhaps the best aspect of this alteration was its appearance. Immediately after the name change, tape bearing the new name appeared over the old name on the title screen. This makeshift appearance gave the whole situation a humorous connotation.
9 The Five Nights At Freddy's Monster
The rooms in Spooky's Mansion hold a variety of monsters as well as jump scares. These monsters are rarely given a name beyond "Monster" or "Specimen," but you can discern where they take their inspiration from. Unknown Specimen 2 is a clear reference to the popular game Five Nights at Freddy's.
Known as Otto the Otter, Unknown Specimen 2 is clearly a poor version of an animatronic nightmare. It appears more cartoon-like than the other enemies populating Spooky's Mansion, and it embraces the idea of being a "shameless add-on." It even has a similar laugh to the one Freddy has in FNAF.
8 The Brain In The Brainframe Can Attack You
Some of the best rooms in Spooky's Mansion are the ones that are randomly generated. In between the normal ascending order of rooms will be especially creepy ones that may occasionally appear in your game. These moments are rare, but they can leave you with especially memorable encounters.
During your own journey through Spooky's Mansion, you may have come across the "Brainframe," a room holding a brain in a jar. After examining this brain, you probably left. However, this brain is actually an interactive part of the game. You can attack the case holding it and shatter the glass. Of course, then the brain launches itself at you and strangles you instantly.
7 Singer Rebecca Black Is Inspiration For A Monster
Rebecca Black earned her claim to fame with her song "Friday." Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion throws a nod her way by basing one of their monsters on her. In the DLC called Karamari Hospital, Monster 6 looks like a smiling young woman who is conspicuously named "Bekka."
But don't let Bekka's innocent inspiration trick you into a sense of peace. Monster 6 can end your character's life in an instant if you get too close to her. If you are unfortunate enough to perish at Bekka's hands, the death screen that will appear afterwards states, "Don't get up before Saturday." Clearly, Bekka, like her real-life counterpart, has a thing for Friday.
6 The LP Room Hall Of Fame
Part of the reason Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion gained so much traction in the early days of its release is that many Let's Players recorded videos of themselves playing it. This may have prompted the developers to create a randomly generated room called the LP Room.
The room has white walls except for a few picture frames that house the images of YouTubers such as Forksnapper and ScaryPlayerNorway. If you find yourself in this austere room, be sure to spend some time admiring these portraits on the wall. Since the LP Room is randomly generated, you might not get the opportunity to examine them ever again.
5 Homage To The Silent Hill Game That Never Was
Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion has an Endless Mode which introduces a whole new set of antagonists for players to face. One of these enemies, Unknown Specimen 5, is a tribute to the Playable Teaser that was released for Hideo Kojima's Silent Hills project.
As most gamers already know, the project was canceled, but that did not stop the developers behind Spooky's from including a reference to the fantastic P.T. demo in their own game. Unknown Specimen 5 looks a lot like the woman who haunted players in P.T. Once her chase sequence begins, the rooms begin to cycle through a loop and the environment turns red, just like in the teaser.
4 Alternative Title Screens Appear Randomly
When first launching Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion, you probably expect the select screen to feature the title of the game and a menu for getting into it. Spooky's has a surprise in store for unsuspecting players. On occasion, instead of reading Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion, the select screen will say something like "Spooky's Sandcastle of LAND SHARKS" or "Spooker's Homecooked BBQ."
Push your confusion aside for the moment and enjoy the laughs as you contemplate yet another example of Spooky's superb sense of humor. It is rare indeed to find a game that blends cuteness, terror, and humor in equal measure.
3 Cryaotic's Mask In The Merchant's Collection
Specimen 6 in Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion is also known as the Merchant. His background, which you can find out through notes, is that he used to sell masks and puppets to children until nearby townspeople threw his life's work down a river. Starting at Room 310, the Merchant can appear to stalk players remorselessly.
If you find your way to his lair, you will see a collection of creepy masks hung up on the wall. One of these masks stands out from the rest. It is the icon for famous YouTuber and Twitch streamer Cryaotic. Where all the other masks the Merchant possesses look frightening and nightmare-inducing, Cry's face looks downright normal.
2 Han Solo Made It Into Spooky's
Specimen 5 is one of the scariest enemies in Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion. It does not have a face, and it ambles after you with a large blade in its hand. This creature is not a particularly fast one, but its pace is steadfast and relentless. Its aspect is reminiscent of the grotesque monsters that populate a Silent Hill game.
In one of Specimen 5's rooms, you will find a random reference to Star Wars. A figure frozen in carbonite on the wall, ostensibly reminiscent of Han Solo, can be found in one of the creature's rooms. How that person got there and why he is frozen in place remain a mystery. Just don't linger staring at it for too long. Specimen 5 is probably on your trail.
1 Finding The FNAF Office Fan And Chair
Anyone who has played a Five Nights at Freddy's game is familiar with the desk and chair set-up. Players are stuck behind a desk with nothing but a monitor, a phone, and a fan to keep them company. (Oh, and animatronics gone crazy.) Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion included this set-up as one of their randomly generated rooms. It is a bare room, with only a single table, chair, phone, and fan inside.
However, if players stay in the room for a bit, a voice will start to call out with a tentative, "Hello?" At this point, there should be no confusion as to what video game Spooky's is referencing. The beginning moments to FNAF started in just the same way.