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This is a great cooperative game that builds a perfect horror film as you play. The mechanics force players to separate into groups and explore the house in order to grow his/her character at the same time this makes the haunting more and more likely. Highly recommend.
very slow turns, was falling asleep. awfuly bland artwork ie. monster counters that has the terifying word "monster" writen on it instead of a nice graphic. even the name does not realy convey the horror theme well, though i did like the theme and the scenario book idea is good.
If I wanted to listen to a poorly-written and disjointed horror story I would...I dunno...I don't like horror stories so I don't even know where I'd go. I was intensely bored the whole time we played this stupid game.
My first choice on a great game that needs an expansion. This along with Arkham/Eldritch Horror are great gateway games to bridging the gap between tabletop roleplaying games & board games. If your players like this, there are plenty of horror or modern setting RPGs out there that your players might also like. Again, make an expansion for this as with the tile based rooms & heavy story, it would be quite easy to make a new sequel or expansion. Also get rid of the clips for the characters (as a phone app takes care of it better), 75% of mine just slide over the character cards & they are just a bad design over putting a token over that marker instead (if it was a simple rectangle sheet instead of a pentagon).
This game is solely for the atmosphere it produces. Some of the Scenarios are really ridiculous, but at the end of the day I playing because of the crowd. this game is by far one of my favorite games because its so easy to play and pick up and the feeling it brings for the right crowd is great.
It's an interesting idea but unfortunately falls flat when a lot of the haunts are unclear/broken. It also brings the game to a halt when it happens and feels awkward in execution.
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Great for what it is...a game to chill out and drink a bottle or two of wine during and just have fun even if it doesn't always make sense. Rating dropped down a bit due to Mansions of Madness. I would never choose Betrayal over MoM.
I really enjoyed the cooperative exploring of the house and building of your character in the first half of the game, but then the second half of the game you consult a manual to play out a unique one vs all scenario. The rules for the scenarios aren't all clear and there is no real rhyme or reason to what happens so the game seems to stop for 15 minutes while everyone reads and learns the new rules. The art on the tiles is great, but the character trait clip is flimsy and doesn't line up well.
Overall this haunted house romp is pretty fun, if a little underwhelming. This definitely has its good points, but the simplicity and randomness of the system is a little limiting, and the scenarios are ridiculously swingy.
I think of this game as Scooby Doo adventure in a game. A group of friends enter an old hunted house and have a supernatural adventure. The fun is in the playing of the game, not in the wining or loosing.
One of the most thematic games that I have ever played. Each of the haunts tell a different story and the rules reinforce it. It is harder to play with new players due to a rule book with a lot of rarely used rules and because they have to learn a new haunt each game. The success of each team is very luck dependent. Despite all of its flaws, the stories it tells are worth it.
I understand the popularity of this title. It's easy to play, has a fun theme, and plays pretty quick. After a handful of plays though the lack of agency and powerfully unbalanced mechanics shift becomes clear. The variable time of the Haunt start is one of the games biggest issues. In most cases it will either be easy for the survivors to win or easy for the betrayer to win, and rarely will be a thoughtful or tense end game. There can be some fun emergent stories that come from this game, and the first time you see a few of the Haunts it's a good time, but not a game I'd be returning to very much. Maybe a 3rd edition of the game would do well by instituting a dozen or so pre-made scenarios instead of this A/B game state that can shift at an undetermined time that exists now.
Its a fun game, easy to pick up despite being complex (so long as someone in the party knows how to play) and usually different every time, but sometimes it can feel like you lose simply because of the person you are stuck with by the end of the game.
I've had hours of fun playing this game. This is a great introduction for anyone who is just getting into the world of story based board games. The beginning of the game can be a bit slow depending on the strategy you choose, but once you get into the main part of the game play it becomes fast paced and challenging. The need for team work and strategic planning, while maintaining secrecy from the "traitor" who is working against you makes this a great group game. With 50 differ possible story outcomes and expansions still being released this game has a very high replay value.
Although there are 50 scenarios, the game feels repetitive before the haunt and you don't want to cooperate with the others because you fear they might turn against you. The multitude of cards a player can amass can slow down the game quite a lot. Would recommend it for horror games' enthusiasts looking for a relaxing, dice chucking game.
I've only played this game once. It was a very large group and we paired up with the characters if we needed to. This game really needs the right group otherwise it can be a bit dull. What I liked about the game was its immersion into the horror of cheap flick! Fantastic. And the insanity. Plus it is totally unbalanced which I am finding that I enjoy more and more.
A wonderful story with each play. It feels like an old title, and plays like an old title, especially with the fiddly character trait tracks, but definitely ratchets up after the betrayal takes place. Even if the play itself is rather ordinary, at least the stories it tells are good.
I don't think I've ever played a game of this where everyone didn't have a good time. Starts off with simple exploration, and then gets tense real fast. Sometimes the haunt scenarios seem a little slanted one way or the other depending on the number of players, but overall pretty well balanced. Also, every time I play with someone new, they're always the betrayer. Every. Single. Time.
(11/15) 6. (10/17) Drop to 5. I love the haunt mechanic and the fact that the game can change so drastically halfway through. That said, VERY fiddly and can be broken. Still, very clever.