The Haunt for iOS challenges you to give an eviction notice to a bunch of ghosts.
Old houses don’t need a bloody history in order to be spooky: their very existence alone is unsettling. Most old houses simply smell evil, or have a million centipedes as tenants (you’re welcome for that mental image). Maybe that’s why Furious Apps chose a rickety old house for its upcoming iOS point and click game, The Haunt.
The Haunt casts you as an investigator who’s been commissioned by a town’s mayor to rid an unpleasant-looking mansion of several ghosts. The ghosts’ influence has spilled outside the mansion’s walls, though, so pushing the ghastlies back into their dimensional portal and slamming the door shut ASAP is especially important.
The Haunt is a point and click adventure (or “point and tap,” if you like), and its dark, grimy graphics are positively creepy. Naked bulbs hang from water-stained ceilings, pictures hang crookedly on garish wallpaper, and empty wooden cradles stand guard over cold bedrooms (who would even put their kid in one of those?).
The story and gameplay are moved along with puzzles, mini-games, and a hefty dose of “Boo!” The Haunt isn’t a survival horror game, but Furious Apps hopes that the unsettling story and atmosphere will be enough to make you pause for just a second before you snap off the bedroom light.
There’s no release date set for The Haunt just yet, though summer 2012 is a general goal. Stay tuned to Gamzebo for more information about this game and other games about houses that should be bulldozed and turned into Wal-Marts.