Parents' Guide to

Haunted House

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky but not too scary mystery is set in the dark.

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This Haunted House is an update of a way-old Atari 2600 cartridge game from the '80s. The graphics are improved a thousand-fold, but the central gameplay concept is basically the same: You run through dark rooms, avoiding ghosts and looking for light sources. This is definitely a fun game, but it does lack a bit in the variety department. Thankfully, there are some very neat boss battles that come along to break up the monotony. There's a genuine storyline here, too, which you can slowly reveal as you find and read diary pages hidden throughout the house. It's a spooky tale, but like the rest of the game, not too terrifying. In a market flooded with ultra-gory M-rated horror games, it's very nice to have one that younger players can turn to for a fun scare.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release date: September 28, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Language, Mild Blood, Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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