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83
XboxThe Video Game Critic (Oct 28, 2003)
There are some nice touches that Haunted Mansion fans will appreciate, like busts that turn their heads to follow you around the room, and portraits of decaying corpses. The camera is rarely a problem, and there are numerous opportunities to save. Haunted Mansion isn't completely original, but its thoughtful puzzles, simple gameplay, and excellent presentation make it one of the more enjoyable games I've played on the Xbox. It could have been a bit scarier, but otherwise I am thrilled with this likeable adventure.
83
XboxGaming Age (Dec 04, 2003)
Whether you are 8 or 80 there is plenty to enjoy about this title. If you passed on the game whether it's because it's Disney, thought it had Eddie in it, or another crap movie title, be happy in the fact that the game is very solid and delivers in fun, visuals, and game play. This may be one of those titles that unfortunately gets forgotten or overlooked by the massive number of titles released this holiday season, but if you want a platformer that delivers the goods, look no further than the Haunted Mansion.
83
GameCubeThe Next Level (Oct 10, 2003)
Recovering all “999” lost souls to finish the game might seem like a daunting task, but it’s much worse than it sounds and is very accomplishable with a bit of perseverance and determination. The title is engrossing enough that it should be a non-issue for those that have purchased it. High Voltage and TDK Mediactive look to have a sure fire hit on their hands with this title that rises above the mediocrity that is usually associated with games that are produced from movie licenses. Well done.
83
PlayStation 2Just Adventure (Mar 11, 2004)
If there is a downside to The Haunted Mansion it is, once again, that idiotic console mentality that insists on end bosses. Yet, as we have been discovering, it is not always the developers who insert these ‘action sequences’ but rather Sony who insists that all games must have some sort of action or arcade sequence in them lest they be thought of as *gasp* pure adventure. In fact, the endgame battle with Atticus is a prime example of what is usually wrong with ‘adventure/puzzle’ games on consoles: after using your wits to progress through most of the rooms, you must then rely on a quick trigger finger and impeccable aim to finish off the end boss. Blah.
82
GameCubeDiehard GameFan (Oct 30, 2003)
This game is on ALL systems people. There is no reason not to own it. It’s a platformer that I’m so fanatical over I randomly IM other 411 staff members telling them to buy this game. It’s like a big bowl of Count Chocula and Boo-Berry right after each other only to find out someone just gave you the last known box of Fruity Yummy Mummy in existence and is still tasty as hell. I can only think of three games I’ve ever given over an 8.0 in the year I’ve worked for 411: Robotech GBA, Pokemon Pinball R/Sand Ikaruga. Say hello to game #4 people. If you want a kick ass story, a tribute to Roger Coreman, HP Lovecraft, and Christopher Walken, graphics and sound to blow your mind away, and a game that spans all systems AND kicks ass…then here it is. Don’t fucking blow your chance to own this. You’ve been warned
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XboxDaily Game (Oct, 2003)
As a title geared for kids, though, which seem to be few and far between nowadays, Haunted Mansion delivers where it counts. There's nothing too scary, too complex or too violent, and the puzzles and platforming are creative enough to keep even an adult playing through more than his or her fair share of rooms. If you've got a trick-or-treater or Disney fan in the house, Haunted Mansion is one game you don't want to miss.
80
GameCubeGame Over Online (Oct 28, 2003)
I'm waxing neurotic about the ghost issue, which really is an unfortunate oversight, but The Haunted Mansion isn't that bad. Really. It's imaginative, it controls well, and the puzzles are solid and challenging without being repetitive. It's simply that a basic weakness in the engine makes The Haunted Mansion a far more frustrating experience than it really needs to be.
80
XboxGame Over Online (Oct 28, 2003)
I'm waxing neurotic about the ghost issue, which really is an unfortunate oversight, but The Haunted Mansion isn't that bad. Really. It's imaginative, it controls well, and the puzzles are solid and challenging without being repetitive. It's simply that a basic weakness in the engine makes The Haunted Mansion a far more frustrating experience than it really needs to be.
78
PlayStation 2games xtreme (Mar 29, 2004)
There’s some fun for adults to be had here, but if you’re of the younger ages then this game is perfect for you. If I looked at it from a child’s or young teenager’s perspective, I wouldn’t have any complaints.
73
GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Jan, 2004)
Ganz so einfach wie es sich anhört, ist es aber nicht denn um den Raum wieder zu erleuchten, müssen zahlreiche Puzzles und Rätsel gelöst werden. Diese stellen zwar keine allzu große Schwierigkeit dar, sind aber dennoch recht kurzweilig und teilweise richtig kreativ. Mit einer Laterne fangt ihr die Geister ein, was bei 999 Geistern schnell nervig und langwierig wird. Technisch reißt das Spiel keine Bäume aus, gibt sich aber solide. Aufgrund der Disney-Thematik ist Haunted Monsion sehr familienfreundlich und eher unterhaltsam denn beängstigend.
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XboxGF3K.com (Nov 25, 2003)
Disney’s The Haunted Mansion is a refreshing title that is sure to delight young and old fans alike. Zeke is such the anti-hero that it fits. He’s nervous, goofy, and an overall coward. Perhaps it’s the realism that he’s just not fit to do the job that makes it so enjoyable? Who knows…but I do know there’s something for everyone in the Haunted Mansion.
72
I can’t recommend the game for everybody – it can be too repetitive at times and too easy for gamers looking for challenge. However, the spooky theme and familiar Disney settings will make Haunted Mansion an enjoyable diversion for many.
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Xbox4Players.de (Mar 31, 2004)
Eigentlich ist Disneys Geistervilla ja ein gelungener Gruselspaß für Jung und Alt, der nur leider viel zu kurz geraten ist. Die genauso originellen wie abwechslungsreichen Rätsel- und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sorgen jedenfalls von Anfang bis Ende für Stimmung, welche durch die humorvolle Präsentation und hervorragende deutsche Lokalisierung noch deutlich aufgewertet wird. Schade nur, dass der Spielfluss immer wieder durch verhältnismäßig lange Ladezeiten und das Fehlen einer Übersichtskarte gebremst wird und sowohl Kamera als auch Zielerfassung des Öfteren Zicken machen. Auch technisch macht der Titel trotz einiger liebevoller Details nicht allzu viel her. Angesichts des günstigen Preises sollten sich Luigi‘s-Mansion-Veteranen sowie jung gebliebene Ghosthunter- oder Alone in the Dark-Fans davon jedoch nicht abschrecken lassen und dem stummen Zeke ruhig eine Chance geben - ein Resident Evil im Disney-Universum dürft ihr allerdings nicht erwarten.
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PlayStation 24Players.de (Mar 31, 2004)
Eigentlich ist Disneys Geistervilla ja ein gelungener Gruselspaß für Jung und Alt, der nur leider viel zu kurz geraten ist. Die genauso originellen wie abwechslungsreichen Rätsel- und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sorgen jedenfalls von Anfang bis Ende für Stimmung, welche durch die humorvolle Präsentation und hervorragende deutsche Lokalisierung noch deutlich aufgewertet wird. Schade nur, dass der Spielfluss immer wieder durch verhältnismäßig lange Ladezeiten und das Fehlen einer Übersichtskarte gebremst wird und sowohl Kamera als auch Zielerfassung des Öfteren Zicken machen. Auch technisch macht der Titel trotz einiger liebevoller Details nicht allzu viel her. Angesichts des günstigen Preises sollten sich Luigi‘s-Mansion-Veteranen sowie jung gebliebene Ghosthunter- oder Alone in the Dark-Fans davon jedoch nicht abschrecken lassen und dem stummen Zeke ruhig eine Chance geben - ein Resident Evil im Disney-Universum dürft ihr allerdings nicht erwarten.
71
XboxIC-Games (Apr 06, 2004)
This is definitely a game aimed at the younger end of the market, and I believe it would provide much entertainment for someone of this age. There are close to a thousand evil spirits to be collected and while this should provide a long lasting game experience, collecting spirits can become very tedious, which my frustrate some gamers. Despite this Haunted mansion is a good game, the puzzles are interesting despite the chore of spirit collecting. It really does feel like you are playing in a Disney environment, and it is on the whole an enjoyable game.
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GameCubeGameSpot (Dec 08, 2003)
If you're a fan of Disney games, or you're just looking for an experience that is perfect for a younger gamer but is also fun for just about anyone, The Haunted Mansion is a good choice. Between its overall solid presentation, and its gameplay that keeps you guessing, this is one game that's worth taking a look at.
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XboxGameZone (Nov 24, 2003)
I have played better quest-adventure games, but not many. This is a fun one because of the theme. Think of it as a Haunted Zelda (another unintended Nintendo reference!). There is a lot to explore, and there is enough challenge to keep you coming back. Some things are obvious and predictable, but there is so much to work through, it did not really get boring. I found all of the backtracking and tracing of footsteps to be a bit much. I loathe having to scribble down maps and notes when I play-- unless it is a grand game in which such things are expected. In a HOUSE, however, I don't like running in circles. It's fun and adventurous. Too bad there's no Eddie Murphy!
70
XboxIGN (Dec 16, 2003)
The Haunted Mansion is a surprisingly well-made adventure game set to the backdrop of Disney's spooky thrill ride -- and thankfully not the Eddie Murphy movie version. The game does a pretty decent job of retaining the style and spirit of the license without sacrificing on control mechanics or puzzle cleverness. For these reasons, parents looking for a safe, enjoyable title to play with their kids may find TDK's game a worthy selection.
70
XboxGaming Target (Jan 21, 2004)
The Haunted Mansion isn’t a bad bit of game. If the developers had made the puzzles a tad easier and managed to lower the game’s rating it might’ve been a title of more prestige, but as it is it’s a game worth a weekend’s rent for anyone looking for some nostalgia or for a somewhat mature youngin’ but not really a game worth the full price of admission.
70
XboxGameSpot (Nov 17, 2003)
If you're a fan of Disney games, or you're just looking for an experience that is perfect for a younger gamer but is also fun for just about anyone, The Haunted Mansion is a good choice. Between its overall solid presentation, and its gameplay that keeps you guessing, this is one game that's worth taking a look at.
70
GameCubeIGN (Dec 16, 2003)
Remember the old Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland? Probably the better question is, how could you not? The creepy hallways, the gliding chairs, the crystal ball, and all of the ghosts -- the popular attraction has frightened children and entertained adults for decades. And now the ride has come to life on the silver screen and on your home videogame system.
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GameCubeNetjak (Nov 09, 2003)
Replay is virtually non-existent. Once you have cleared a room, there is nothing left to do. I suppose you could play through the game on a higher level of difficulty, but once is more than enough. Clearly, this is a game with an identity crisis. Kids can’t play it because of the scary ghosts and more mature gamers will be turned off by the puzzles that would be ridiculously easy if not for the occasionally wonky controls. So who’s left?
60
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 12, 2004)
Like I said, there was rich promise here, but High Voltage has dropped the ball with its sloppy approach to the combat. Clocking in at less than 10 hours on the first run through it's not a game that will outstay its welcome, and could make a decent value rental - for optimal enjoyment we suggest you stick on the infinite energy cheat halfway through, admire the puzzles and wonder what might have been...
60
XboxGamesFirst! (Nov 22, 2003)
The Haunted Mansion is a fun game that has a lot to offer to just about everyone. It is simple enough that little kids will enjoy it yet the puzzles and gameplay are not so simple as to insult your intelligence if you are an older gamer. Fans of the ride will also find a lot to like in this game as they can explore the locations that were otherwise off limits and interact with all of the characters. Haunted Mansion is a fun trip through a haunted house that was, sadly, overshadowed by an inferior product in Grabbed by the Ghoulies. The two games share a lot of the same concepts – exploring a haunted house and moving from room to room clearing out ghosts and monsters – but Haunted Mansion is simply more fun. Because of the short length and lack of replay value, however, I can’t really recommend it for a purchase. Give it a rent. You won’t be disappointed.
60
XboxJeuxvideo.com (Mar 31, 2004)
Le Manoir Hanté aurait pu être un jeu fort agréable s'il avait disposé de plus de soins, malheureusement ce n'est pas le cas. Sa réalisation paresseuse mais surtout les inégalités du gameplay le rendent souvent frustrant et parfois barbant. A essayer car il réserve parfois de bonnes surprises.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 31, 2004)
Le Manoir Hanté aurait pu être un jeu fort agréable s'il avait disposé de plus de soins, malheureusement ce n'est pas le cas. Sa réalisation paresseuse mais surtout les inégalités du gameplay le rendent souvent frustrant et parfois barbant. A essayer car il réserve parfois de bonnes surprises.
60
PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers (2004)
This definitely falls into the category of one of those games we'd like if only it was subtitled. The game itself should only take around 6-8 hours to complete which is a little short but the low price of £24.99 compensates for the shortness in length. The real problem though is the lack of feedback for deaf gamers. The game's not impossible for deaf gamers, not by any stretch of the imagination, but there is a sufficient amount of speech that is not subtitled to reduce the suitability of the game for deaf gamers. If you're interested it may be wise to try and rent the game first to see if you can put up with the omissions.
50
PlayStation 2RewiredMind (Sep 12, 2005)
Despite an impressively ominous intro, it quickly becomes apparent that the only real scare in The Haunted Mansion is its horrifying mediocrity. For starters, the game is brown. Who wants to play a brown game, for flip’s sake? When the game isn’t overtly brown in appearance, it simply means that your character has neglected to throw a light switch, meaning the rentaghosts you shake out of the wobbly furniture will get you that much quicker.