Haunted House®

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Haunted House®

Even though arcade games are pretty old, they are still played and enjoyed by millions. These games are loved by everyone due to their simplicity and easy gameplay. Arcade games have set the basic idea for every video game that is being produced nowadays.

Haunted House® is an Atari video game, first released in 1982, in which the player (represented by a pair of eyes) must navigate the haunted mansion of the late Zachary Graves to recover the three pieces of an urn. The game was one of the first home video games to feature scrolling graphics and a multi-level playing field.

The Gameplay

The gameplay involves controlling a character that has to move around the house, which has three floors and a basement. The player may pick up only one of three items at a time (a key to open doors, a scepter to ward off evil spirits, or the urn) and must avoid a bat, a tarantula, and the ghost of Mr. Graves himself.

The items (and house layout in higher difficulties) can only be seen when the player uses the “fire” button on the game stick to light a match, illuminating a small radius directly around his character; this can be done an infinite number of times, although the match only lasts for a limited amount of time before being snuffed out. If a monster enters the same room as the player, a howling wind from the monster will blow out any lit match.


The players must avoid the enemies. These include bats, tarantulas, and the ghost of Mr. Graves. If the player is hit by the monsters nine times, the game ends. If the player escapes the house with the urn, the player wins.

Difficult Levels

Haunted House has a total of nine different levels which make the game more challenging; in particular, later difficulty levels make the walls of the house itself invisible unless the player lights a match. The game ends when you lose all your lives.

Interface and Controls

The interface and controls of the games are very easy. Just use the arrow keys to move your character around.

Haunted House® is a very unique arcade game. Due to its originality, it was a huge success and is still played by gaming enthusiasts.

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