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Hidden throughout a haunted mansion are three pieces of a magical urn, and your goal is to enter the mansion and retrieve all three before you lose your nine lives! The game is played from an overhead point of view where you see only your eyeballs as you explore the four floors of the maze-like mansion. To make your mission even more difficult, there are various creatures wandering throughout. Tarantulas, giant vampire bats, and one fast moving ghost will all cause you to lose a life if encountered too closely. As a defense against the creatures, a magical scepter can be found in the mansion which will make you immune to its inhabitants.

The mansion contains many doors, some of which may be locked; to explore all the rooms, you will first need to find the master key which is hidden somewhere. The mansion is very dark, and you will not be able to see any of the objects in it (and in more difficult game variations, you can't see the walls either). To reveal objects and the mansion walls, you need to light one of your unlimited supply of matches which will light up a small area around you. Don't be surprised if a swift wind or passing creature blow out your match, though!

You are only allowed to carry one object at a time so you will need to create a strategy for exploring the mansion; to unlock a door or move a piece of the urn, you will need to put down the scepter. You win the game when all three pieces of the urn are assembled and you make it out of the mansion. The game keeps track of how many matches you have used on your mission, and the fewer matches the better the score.


Haunted House Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode.
Haunted House Atari 2600 Use a match to see objects.
Haunted House Atari 2600 Running from the ghost in an advanced game! (black and white mode)
Haunted House Atari 2600 A vampire bat enters the room.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Nightmare Manor" -- Original title
  • "Casa Mal-Assombrada" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Possibly the scariest game on the Atari 2600 so far Katakis | カタキス (42253) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The Original Survival Horror Game. Guy Chapman (1997) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A scary game for back then Tiffany Morrison (2) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Jun 13, 2006 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Jul 17, 1999 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Defunct Games Oct 19, 2016 B 75 Jul 18, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Woodgrain Wonderland Apr 10, 2017 B- 67
Game Freaks 365 Jul 04, 2009 6.6 out of 10 66
Tilt Sep, 1982 3 out of 6 50


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Cover art! 2 DJP Mom (11376)
Nov 13, 2007



The music played when the "eyes" escape the Haunted House is the theme from the television program The Twilight Zone.


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Servo (57358) added Haunted House (Atari 2600) on Jul 18, 2003
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