Haunted House Scares Up Innovation


Haunted House isn’t just a classic Atari 2600 video game, it is also a classic pinball machine. The game is part of the era where pinball makers tried out outdo each other with features to make the game unique. Whether it was sound, visual effects or creative gameplay, competition wasn’t just limited to video arcade games.


Released in 1982 by Gottlieb, Haunted House quickly earned respect among pinball players due to it’s innovative three levels and use of spooky organ music, or more specifically, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. That score is just perfect for a haunted house-themed game.

The game utilized an “attic” level and a “basement” level along with the main playing field. The extra levels require the game to have eight flippers.


In addition to the classic music the game featured lightning effects and great back panel to increase the spooky effect of the game. And if you didn’t get to play the game back in the early 1980s, Microsoft released it as part of its Pinball Arcade game for PCs in 1998.

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