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SummaryThe Original Survival Horror Game.
The GoodOne of the classic Atari 2600 games, Haunted House could actually be SCARY with its continual feeling of being hunted and surprise encounters. The dark graphics with their limited range of view kept players stepping carefully through the four-story mansion, and running blindly in the darkness when the ghost started hunting you down. One of the biggest draws was the sound. It was a very ambient game, with footsteps in the hallways, and wind and thunder adding much of the tension to approaching creatures. The louder things got, the closer a bat and spider could be. Escape the house with the urn, and players would hear a rendition of the "Twilight Zone" theme.
The BadWhile the ghost and other creatures could pop out of anywhere, which kept things continually on the move. However, there were times where an enemy would pop out of nowhere and kill the player seconds after already doing so, which led to some frustrations. It wasn't overly common, but it would happen.