Haunt was developed by developed by NanaOn-Sha and Zoë Mode and was published by Microsoft Studios. It was released January 18, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided by the developer for review.
Everyone has heard some variation on the story of the person who is forced to spend the night in a haunted mansion, only to be subjected to all manner of nightmarish visitations. With images like the above, Haunt would appear to be something in the survival horror vein, probably some twisted version of the haunted house schtick. Luckily, it’s anything but! Haunt is actually a family-friendly Kinect XBLA title featuring a light-hearted (but still slightly spooky) romp through the mansion of a deranged eccentric, Benjie Muldoon.
At the beginning of Haunt you find yourself awoken by a voice calling out to you. As it turns out, this voice is the owner of the mansion (wonderfully voiced by Tim Schafer of Double Fine), who is trapped in the portraits of the building and needs your help recovering some “Phantaflasks” that ghosts have stolen and hidden from him. You’ll use one hand to aim your trusty flashlight while using the rest of your body to dodge, duck, punch, open doors and cupboards, and make all manner of other zany motions. As you make your way through the mansion, you’ll encounter new and exciting enemies, explore different areas, and learn more about the history of the mansion and its crazy owner.
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