Originally called "Mystery Mansion" and then "Graves
Manor". May also have been called "Nightmare
Haunted House is one of the great "atmosphere" games of
the 2600. While it may not sport flashy graphics or killer
music, Haunted House still manages to instill a sense of fear and panic
in the player. This is accomplished through a mixture of eerie
sounds, a limited range of vision, and monsters who just seem to pop up
out of nowhere. All of these elements are skillfully blended
together to produce an atmosphere of fear and foreboding.
An earthquake has broken the urn of old man Graves and his spirit
will not rest until the urn is repaired. You must venture into "Graves
Manor" to find all the pieces of the urn and get out alive. Since
the mansion has been abandoned for years there are no lights, your only
source of illumination is a flickering match which lets you see in a small
radius around you. While running though the mansion you'll
encounter tarantulas, vampire bats, and even the ghost of old man Graves
himself. Since you have no weapons (no the matches don't count),
these enemies must be avoided which makes the game even more difficult.
Along the way you may find a key which will open all the locked
doors, and a scepter which will protect you from all enemies. The
trade off is that you can only carry one item at a time, so in order to
collect all the urn pieces you'll have to give up the protection of the
scepter and use the key only when necessary.
While it may not look like much now, back in the day
Haunted House was one of few serious adventure games for the 2600 and
was wildly popular. Haunted House is a combination of adventure,
maze running, quick thinking, and a few monsters who seem to always pop
up at the wrong time. It's these qualities that make Haunted House
on of the most endearing 2600 games of all time.
||Mystery Mansion 8/12
||Mid Level WIP
||Haunted House EPROM Cartridge Loaned:
to 2600 Software