Haunted House

Name:
Haunted House
Company: Atari
Model #:
CX-2654
Programmer:
James Andreasen
Year: 1981
Released?
Yes
Notes:

Originally called "Mystery Mansion" and then "Graves Manor".  May also have been called "Nightmare Manor".

 

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.

 

Version Cart Text Description
8/12/81 Mystery Mansion 8/12 Mid Level WIP
9/1/81 GM 9-1 Final Version?
11/??/81 Haunted House EPROM Cartridge Loaned: Nov. 81 Final Version

 

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