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The 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.
Gaming 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.
Daily 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.
Game 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.
72 (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.
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.
71 (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.
IC-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.
GameZone (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!
IGN (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.
Gaming 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.
GameSpot (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.
GamesFirst! (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 (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.