Game: Scooby Doo Hollywood Horror
Creator: Cartoon Network
Released: Late 2000 or Early 2001
Play it here:
Episode 1: http://stl.dreamerstoday.com/CNGames/hollywood_horror/1.html
Episode 2: http://stl.dreamerstoday.com/CNGames/hollywood_horror/2.html
I’ve been gone for a long time without any posts or streams but now I’m hoping to get things going again. What better way to celebrate free time with a new live stream? It was a LOT quicker than I expected (only half an hour!), but it was a nice little comeback for now. This was a game I’d played while it was still on Cartoon Network’s website back in the day and had since forgotten about after all these years.
I’d like to give a special thanks to an incredible YouTube viewer, Paola C. She came through with a link to a directory of some old CN games no longer available on the website. Hollywood Horror was one of those games. You can find that and others here. I’m not certain how the link relates to the host of the main domain, but I would like to find out. It’s unclear if he had any involvement in the creation of any of these games or not. Unfortunately, the site’s owner is “taking a hiatus from the Internet” until November 2018, so it might take a while before knowing anything else.
If you watch the stream at the end of this post, don’t mind that it’s hard to hear my voice in the first few minutes; it gets fixed quickly. Aside from that, no technical difficulties faced this time!
Daphne’s Uncle Maxwell has gone missing after being kidnapped by the “Hollywood Horror,” the local ghost. You play as Shaggy and Scooby, searching for clues while the rest of the gang does absolutely nothing as usual to get to the bottom of where Maxwell went and how to defeat the Hollywood Horror.
The game is split into 2 different episodes, each with approximately 15 minutes worth of gameplay. The game is similar to Cartoon Cartoon’s Summer Resort, as CCSR almost seems to be the base to some extent for how this game was designed. It’s not a hard play by any means, after all, it is designed for kids. I did, at one point, find myself stuck for a moment, resulting in taking a quick peek at a walkthrough. With a little more patience, I would’ve found my way out on my own, like most players.
Right off the bat, one small detail of the game I’d like to call attention to is the writing on the tombstones. If you like clever puns about bizarre ways to die, you might get a chuckle out of those. That was certainly the highlight of the game for me.
I would’ve liked the game to be maybe a little bit longer. Considering you only play in 3 different areas the entire game, it felt a little repetitive with not as much to offer as it could have. Bearing in mind the limitations of older Flash games, I’d also like to compare it to Summer Resort in which there was much more of an overworld to explore and more characters to interact with. I suppose there’s only so much that can be done with Scooby Doo characters, but that’s what felt lacking for me personally.
Aside from that, I did enjoy the game. I’m a fan of any adventure type games and I liked how this one kept me guessing on what to do next. I’d recommend it for someone looking for a quick game that doesn’t take too much effort. This is especially true if you just feel like playing Episode One then coming back to Episode Two later.
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