One week ago yesterday, the female reboot of the classic 80’s film Ghostbusters was released into theatres, providing audiences with what some would call a sexist monstrosity, but what others would call a wake-up alarm. Perhaps now men will know how it feels to have horrible representation in movies and media? Regardless, the release of the movie has inspired me to take on ghosts of my own, and I did so by playing Haunt the House.
Haunt the House is a video game developed by SFB Games and has received glowing reviews regardless of computer, or app. I played the app version which had four different games within one app, and as I played through each one, I was delightfully entranced by the independent story of each game. The original is the same as the one that is currently online on any PC or Mac, which is far from bad, as who doesn’t love a classic? The additional stories were centered around a theme: North Pole was centered around Christmastime, giving a new definition to “deck the halls”, Terror Town is a newer and broader concept of the original, and the latest one, Ghost Train, is about scaring people off of a carnival train.
The mechanics are relatively simple: use your mouse/finger to guide the ghost, and then click/tap an object to possess it. In addition, the ghosts for each game are absolutely adorable, especially the Ghost Train Ghost (his mischievous attitude only adds to the fun). The rest of the game has a good, basic design that would appeal to children and comic book lovers of all ages, whether they be six or sixty (fellow Disney fans, where you at?).
My favorite part about the game by far are all the different spooks you can do to scare people away. Don’t worry about any Ghostbusters, male or female, to save the day. You as the ghost get to go nuts and have a party with lights, sculptures, mirrors, whatchamacallits, and whizzbangers of all kinds. My personal favorites are anything flashy like lights and mirrors. They always did the job really well and scared people incredibly quickly. On Carnival Train, though, is one exception: a little fake ghost hanging in the air like a Halloween decoration. This, too, can be possessed, so you have a ghost possessing a ghost. Ghostception. I’d like to see Dan Ackroyd or Leslie Jones tackle that one!
Long story short, Haunt the House and Ghostbusters may have ghosts, but in H.T.H. there’s no chasing ghosts: instead ghosts chase you!
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