Atari 2600 (1981, Atari)
Haunted House is sometimes called the ‘original survival horror video game’ but this claim is somewhat fanciful. However, when judged on its own merits, Haunted House is an interesting and worthy challenge, taking place inside – suitably – a haunted house. The player’s avatar is a pair of eyeballs that sneaks around the house with only a halo of candlelight for guidance, assembling an item that must be removed from the premises. Monsters and the homeowner’s ghost pursue the player, threatening to appear at any time. The player has a seemingly-high nine lives to work with but low visibility, complicated passages and locked doors can result in lives being spent quickly. The game is rich in difficulty levels at nine in total, offering satisfying replay value.
Haunted House was inducted on February 23rd, 2009.
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