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Haunt the House: Terrortown

For: Android   Also on: PS Vita
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Things that go bump in the night

Product: Haunt the House: Terrortown | Developer: SFB Games | Format: Android | Genre: Platform, Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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When you think about it, being dead isn't all that bad. Assuming the afterlife exists in one form or another, you could come back as an ethereal spirit, and have the power to scare the living daylights out of passers-by.

That's the scenario you find yourself in with Haunt the House: Terrortown. You're a cute ghost who is expected to rid several locations of people by possessing a dazzling variety of different objects.

These include furniture, musical instruments, toys, and even dinosaur bones. You can possess an object by tapping the X button when you're close by, and once you've done this you're presented with a range of options, allowing you to move, rattle, or perform special moves depending on the object you've chosen.

Ghost town

However, not all of these choices are present when you first enter a location - you need to build up the atmosphere by spooking a few people first.

This is Haunt the House: Terrortown's most amusing facet. Timing your actions to scare the maximum number of people is akin to an art form, and once you've got them screaming with fear you need to carefully herd them towards the exit with additional tricks.

As much fun as this is, there are some niggles. The actual process of guiding the people out of each location can become frustrating, as they'll often run in the wrong direction and even return to the precise room where you delivered the initial scare - illogical behaviour, to say the least.

Another issue is that once you've finished the game there's little reason to return. Although you're aiming to get rid of all the people, there's no 'score' as such.

The only other objective is to populate your house with fresh ghosts, which is achieved by interacting with certain characters within each location. It's a nice aside, but finding all of the characters isn't exactly hard.


Haunt the House: Terrortown could do with a little more content to keep you busy, but that's not to say it's an unworthy download. The visuals are gorgeous, with a unique style which is both cute and creepy at the same time. The audio is also impressive, boasting effective spot effects and some genuinely amusing sounds.

It may be over too soon, but Haunt the House: Terrortown is fun while it lasts. PlayStation Mobile isn't getting all that much attention at present, but if it can continue to receive games of this quality then that should hopefully change as time goes on.
Haunt the House: Terrortown
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Damien McFerran | 23 January 2013
Although it's limited in scope and replayability, Haunt the House: Terrortown is enjoyable and charming enough to make you forgive its shortcomings
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Dec 2012
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@ZephGrey | 03:25 - 2 February 2013
Unless you live in the US. Then even "Sony certified" devices don't get access to Sony's store. Pretty much regret buying one.
Dec 2012
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@Jongjungbu | 13:25 - 30 January 2013
It certainly is Sony's fault, I agree. I'm just mentioning that it's not worth it for PG or other sites to make a "Sony Android" or "Sony Certified" category and then push articles to that and "Vita" for instance. The former would have even less articles than the Vita gets. Then Sony tablet users will have to check 2 categories I guess on PG?

Mar 2011
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funkyflychicken | 16:14 - 28 January 2013
That is sony's fault though, imo. They created a new mess by making a new category themselves, honestly. I don't see why they wouldn't make them available across all Android devices that are capable. Wasn't the first round of Sony Tablets tegra 2? It's odd that my Xoom and my Nexus 7 aren't on their "certified" list. I'd like to play Haunt the House, but I wouldn't go buy a Sony specific tablet or phone for it.
Dec 2012
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@Jongjungbu | 23:18 - 23 January 2013
@funkyflychicken But then they would have to create a whole new category for what would be the smallest selection of devices and apps (even smaller than Windows phones).
Mar 2011
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funkyflychicken | 13:09 - 23 January 2013
I know the Playstation phones/tablets are technically android, but imo the games on them that are strictly Playstation mobile should be labled as such, as they are not available on android devices, only Sony authorized ones.