Atari's Haunted House Making a Return

By dropK1CK ninJA, 8 years ago
Haunted House is an old game from the Atari days. Yes, that very same game that you can get in the Game Room. Quick synopsis from Wikipedia about the game and how it operates:

Haunted House is an Atari 2600 video game, first released in 1981, in which the player (represented by a pair of eyes) must navigate the haunted mansion of the late Zachary Graves to recover the three pieces of an urn.

The house has three floors and a basement. The player's character may pick up only one of three items at a time (a key to open doors, a sceptre to ward off evil spirits, or the urn) and must avoid a bat, a tarantula, and the ghost of Mr. Graves himself. If the player is hit by the monsters nine times, the game ends. If the player escapes the house with the urn, the player wins.

The items (and house layout in higher difficulties) can only be seen when the player uses the 'fire' button on the joystick to light a match, illuminating a small radius directly around his character; this can be done an infinite number of times, although the match only lasts for a limited amount of time before being snuffed out. If a monster enters the same room as the player, a howling wind from the monster will blow out any lit match.

Haunted House has a total of nine different levels which make the game more challenging; in particular, later difficulty levels make the walls of the house itself invisible unless the player lights a match.
Good. Got it now? Well, Atari felt the need to spruce up that old cobweb covered game with a graphical face-lift and some new tricks.

You are now entering the Graves Mansion to solve the mystery of what happened to your grandfather. For some unknown reason, the Mansion has gobbled him up during his hunt for secret magical urn. Oh yes, the grandfather you are hunting for is the protagonist from the original game (guess we know what ending Atari picked).

This updated version will require players to solve puzzles, battle bosses, and avoid ghosts while trying to reconstruct the magical urn. From the sounds of it, this game will have more levels than the original game did include catacombs and towers to hunt around in.

Atari released some screenshots and a trailer with this announcement:

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Thanks to Joystiq for the screens.

The game is slated for a September 2010 release. Whatever happened to building some hype?