The object of the game is to find the three pieces of the magic urn and carry them back to the main entrance of the mansion, before
losing all 9 of your lives. Your score is based on the number of matches you use during your search, and the number of lives you use.
The pieces of the urn are randomly scattered throughout the 24 rooms in the mansion. There are four floors, and each floor has six rooms.
The floors are connected by staircases. The rooms are connected by corridors and doorways. (See GAME PLAY, Section 3 for information
about doors and stairways.) Some of the doors are locked, so find the master key which is also hidden in the mansion.
Finding the urn wouldn't be so difficult, except that the mansion is dark. To enable you to see your way around, we have provided an
unlimited supply of matches, which you light by pressing the red controller button (see USING THE JOYSTICK CONTROLLER Section 4).
Now that you know that you must use matches, we want to warn you about the creatures you'll encounter as you stumble through the
mansion. Be prepared to see a vampire bat, hairy tarantulas and the ghost of old man Graves himself. Every time one of these creatures
touches you, you'll be "scared to death", and consequently lose a life.
Quite possibly the first game of "survival horror" for a home console system, Haunted House puts you inside the multi-level house of the long-deceased Mr. Graves on a mission to find, assemble and, well, steal a magic urn. The urn has been broken into three pieces and spread throughout the house.
With only matches to light your way, you must navigate through the dark house, finding keys to locked rooms and avoiding the monsters that hide within. The years of neglect have left the house filled with spiders, bats, and the ghost of Mr. Graves himself. Touch these creatures and you're done for. But get your hands on the scepter and you'll become invisible to all enemies.
Haunted House has nine different variations of gameplay, each one progressively harder than the last.