Do you love halloween? I certainly do, and the fact that it is coming soon got all of us here at Classic Console Magazine thinking about some of the great “spooky” retro games that we have played over the years. These are not games that are necessarily in the horror genre, although they could be. These are games that have that atmosphere, whether it be the art direction, the story or the music that just grab your attention and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!

The first game we talk about has to be Haunted House by Atari (1982). This is probably one of the first examples of the survival horror genre, although it probably is a little less horror and more atmosphere if anything. The game features you as a set of eyeballs (apparently it is so dark all that can be seen is the whites of your eyes) exploring a haunted mansion owned by the late Mr. Graves. Your mission is to discover all three pieces of a broken urn. In the process you must find a key to open the door and a scepter to warn off evil spirits.

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