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Atari Resurrecting Haunted House? Hopefully It’ll Come With Instructions This Time!

Yeah, so I’m now thirty-something. That means every once in a while I’ll catch a stray hair growing in a strange place and have officially started wondering how high I’ll be wearing my pants when I’m eighty. My age also affords me the luxury of remembering the dawn of video games with Pong and of course the Atari 2600. I was always a horror fan, but back then we didn’t have any real horror games with the exception of, say, Atari’s Haunted House. But there was just one problem with the title … I could NEVER figure out what to do.

Let’s see … in the game you played as a pair of eyes searching for pieces of an urn while navigating through a vertical maze that never really went anywhere. To say this title is strange is a bit of an understatement. Still, I played it to death then, and I still do now that it’s part of Game Room on Xbox.

Fast forward three decades and Haunted House is coming back to next gen consoles, completely revamped and hopefully a little clearer on what the hell your purpose actually is!

From the Press Release

Enter the Haunted House, if you dare. Atari’s classic groundbreaking game has returned with more chills, cool new unlockables and plenty of spooky new enemies. The terrifying fun that lies within Graves Mansion is back as Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, scares up its legendary classic, Haunted House — re-imagined for a new generation of gamers in celebration of the title’s 30th anniversary. Haunted House will take control of Wii®, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC Download this fall, with suspense filled challenges, new chilling environments and more frightful enemies than ever before.

Haunted House pays homage to the classic favorite as players fight for their lives in Graves Mansion as the grandchildren of the original character that disappeared without a trace in the evil mansion over 30 years ago. Chased by pesky poltergeists, haunted by scary skeletons and exhausted from battles with creepy creatures, players are in a goosebump-educing fight to explore the dark and creepy depths of Graves Mansion in search of the four lost pieces of the magical urn. The player’s goal is to reassemble the urn and defend their family’s legacy with the aid of mystical tomes, powerful light sources and multiple keys.

“The glowing eyes and mysterious urn of Haunted House still resonate with gamers who made the original franchise a blockbuster hit,” says Jim Wilson, President of Atari. “Atari looks forward to introducing a new generation of gamers to the fun and suspense of Graves Mansion and bringing families together with the magic that is Haunted House.”

The pick up-and-play arcade-style adventure allows players to jump right in and begin battling for their family’s legacy and explore the dark and mysterious levels. An eerie, 3D rich environment of towers, basements and catacombs draws players into the haunted world and cursed story. Find hidden treasures, solve puzzles, fight bosses, and navigate through the spooky mansion and multiple levels on the way to a showdown with Zachary Graves.

For more info check out Atari Haunted House online! Enough talk! Dig on the new trailer below!

Atari Resurrecting Haunted House? Hopefully It'll Come With Instructions This Time!

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  • jkincer

    Do you remember the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Atari 2600 game? I loved that one, you ran around as Leatherface and tried to saw up as many people as possible. It was basically just like the game Stampede. There was also a Halloween game that was just impossible to get anywhere in.

    I didn’t realize that Haunted House was available in the Game Room on XBox? I’ll have to scoop that one up.

  • GJW

    I’m in my thirties also UC. I had a…………..COLECOVISION!! LOL

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    • DavidFullam

      Same here, that was a sweet system.

      • GJW

        Sure was. IMO it kicked Ataris ass. I would play Zaxxon and Venture for hours. Great graphics (at that time) with Zaxxon. Heck,even my dad got involved and him and I would play teo player Lady Bug. Actually,maybe it didn’t necessarily kick Ataris ass,it had better graphics,but Atari had more popular games.

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        • DavidFullam

          Yeah, Zaxxon and Venture. I also had the Wacky Pepper 2, Mousetrap and my all time fave, Looping. God knows I could play that game till hell froze over.

          • Vanvance1

            You guys were lucky. My friend had a Colecovision and I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread.

            I couldn’t convince my mom to get me one as back then video games were demonized. I talked her into a Vic 20 instead because it offered ‘educational software’. Omega Race was pretty damn cool though not all that educational.

          • GJW

            Educational software. LOL. That’s what my parents bought us the TI99 for. Remember that? Boy was that a basic system. All I ever did with it was play “Tombstone” for a few hours then never touched it again. We had a TI99,and a Colecovision,then I bought myself a Sega Genesis,then the 32 extension thingy,then that was it for video game systems for me. I would play Playstation and Nintendo 64 over my friends houses,but never bought another system myself.

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          • DavidFullam

            Yeah, the Genesis was the last system for me.

          • Vanvance1

            These days I have a PS3 (mostly for blu ray) but the system I probably used the most for games was my C-64. My Amiga also got quite a run.

            These days I’m an ipod gamer because there are so many cheap/free titles you can play in a spare minute or two.