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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 You can't see the walls in the more advanced game variations.
Haunted House Atari 2600 The ghost!
Haunted House Atari 2600 Running from the ghost in an advanced game! (black and white mode)
Haunted House Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode.

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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 Atari 2600 Katakis | カタキス (42880)
The Original Survival Horror Game. Atari 2600 Guy Chapman (1996)
A scary game for back then Atari 2600 Tiffany Morrison (2)

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jun 13, 2006 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 17, 1999 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 25, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Atari 2600 Jun, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Defunct Games Atari 2600 Oct 19, 2016 B 75
Retrogaming.it Atari 2600 Jul 18, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Apr 10, 2017 B- 67
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 04, 2009 6.6 out of 10 66
JoyStik Atari 2600 Dec, 1982 6 out of 10 60
Tilt Atari 2600 Sep, 1982 3 out of 6 50


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Cover art! 2 DJP Mom (11373)
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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