Haunted House (Gottlieb, 1982)

Haunted House

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This game got 281 approved ratings and currently scores 7.496 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #139 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.453

Artwork: 8.2

Sounds/Music: 6.579

Other Aspects: 7.571

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11 days ago
Very nice looking and playing machine. Backglass lightning effects are great. Three levels of fun. Its just a fun machine all around. One of the great Gottliebs.
59 days ago
Haunted House is a unique, tri-level flipperfest that doesn't have much mercy for newbies. The layout is a little off, and there are some feature placements that just don't make much sense - a lot of action in the upper PF left, not much on the right. The raised PF is okay - but the lower PF "Basement" is the most challenging. Unfortunately, there wasn't much keeping me at this table, though I wouldn't say it was a bad game.

I'd like to have an HH someday, but it is down the list. Worth a short road trip (3 hrs or less), but not worth actively hunting for.
76 days ago
It's always broken at PHOF when I am there, so have barely played a live one, not a huge fan of it, prefer Black Hole.

The flipper play in the raised area and lower area just feel very clunky to me.
6 months ago
Classic Gottlieb solid state pin. Everything that black hole was, but better.
8 months ago
The #2 tri-playfield behind Elektra. I believe this is a desirable game among beginning collectors. It's defiantly cool that the physically moves between the playfields and that it has the inverted flippers and that it has "secret" passage ways to the lower PF.
The rules are quite simple and its fun for a quite a few plays. It lasted in my collection a bit longer than I expected, probably because I had it sitting next to Black Hole and I spread my time among many other titles.
I could see the novelty wearing off quickly in a small collection.
If you ever buy one. Make sure it's been gone through! System 80 is not for the novice repair tech.
9 months ago
Fun 3 level game (only one!). Artwork is very good. Iconic backglass. Simple rules that are fun. If it had multiball and speech it would have been mind boggling fun. BH wins out for me but this game is no slouch if well maintained.
11 months ago
I have never liked the lower play field, could be just too confusing for me
11 months ago
My oldest machine, I still play it on a regular basis. One of the coolest games of that time. 3 play fields,and beautiful back glass.
1 year ago
One of the best looking and sounding classics ever. Unique playfield too. Love it.
1 year ago
Fun, challenging and perhaps the best art package from an era when hand drawn art was everywhere. A great game for a mid size collection.
1 year ago
I have been drawn to this machine for as long as I can remember. I ALWAYS wanted one as a kid, but I had to settle for my Super Orbit for many years before I was old enough to buy my own machines. Finally I have worked my way up to my "grail" as some call it. SO HAPPY. Haunted House has awesome spooky music and sounds, the playfield art is one of the best packages ever created. The three playfields are so fun to jump between and I dont even miss multiball when I play this single ball game. The lighting could be better, especially in the center under the lower playfield.
1 year ago
One of the stronger Gottlieb System 80 titles from the 1980s.
Definitely the best well known, next to Black Hole, but Black Hole edges this game game out due to depth with its multiball lock system and additional challenges.

Artwork is exceptional, particularly the backglass with the hidden "lightning bolt strikes".

Playfield was revolutionary at the time due the backwards level play or lower level "spider web" playfield.
The baseline music tune of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor will stick in your mind after you get done playing.

Relatively fast game for its size as well, especially with the kickers.
The trapdoor and center rollover targets to the basement were always a nice touch.

When the game was introduced, it was a complete $#@$@ to maintain.
Operators really hated it.
All sorts of electronic problems due to the edge board connections and lack of ground mods on coils.
Up kicker from the basement still can be an "Achilles heel" if not fixed correctly.
Overall, a solid game and nostalgia at its finest, but it is one heavy monster to move around.

Make sure you LOCK that main playfield with STRAPS or a WOODEN LOCK BOX when working on the lower playfield or you will be in for a nasty surprise!
1 year ago
I remember this machine when it first came out. What an awesome machine I thought. Since back then I wasn't as affluent as I am today it took me a while to invest into a few games on this multi-level machine.
I was robbed! While the looks and the 3 level layout are impressive the actual game play was anything but. The lower PF is a cool idea but somehow doesn't add much to the fun factor. The 2 upper fields are really only a split single field with neither providing much flow or a coherent game. The main flipper layout is a bit of a disaster, 4 flippers and no good shots.
Still an impressive looking machine, just not much fun to play on. Reminds me of Gottlieb's Genie which was another impressive looking machine that was seriously lacking on the fun factor.
1 year ago
I really dig Haunted House, but can see why other people wouldn't. This game is massive and full of stuff to shoot... just not a lot of reasons to shoot them. The rules aren't as exciting as its brother Black Hole, but I like play HH more for some reason. It's slow, the ball is on the lower playfield way too often, the ball is simply too safe on either of the secondary playfields, the EIGHT flippers is just stupid and way too many especially on the main playfield, but it has that IT factor man!

Games don't last forever but I think Black Hole's re-entry was a really smart move. Say you're on the left side of the attic, what's the worst that can really happen? You drain out the left into the basement, then you drain out the basement relatively safely onto the main playfield. The double flippers on both sides are offset which eliminates between flipper drains. All of these safety nets reduce the excitement of the game. I think this game could've used just one more way to drain.
1 year ago
Haunted house is good game lower playfield is cool looking and the upper playfield is fun. The theme is also pretty cool and the artwork is also pretty good
1 year ago
i cant say why,but i keep comming back for this pin.
there is something magic about this one.i think its haunted
1 year ago
Certainly the best Gottlieb machine I've ever played... and it seems Pinside agrees. I find many Gottlieb machines to lack a certain something, but this is a wonderful machine. I like that it has three separate play areas, including one under the table. I know Gottlieb did this with Black Hole, but this table feels much more cohesive and is more fun to play than that one. The sound and music on this table is also quite good, which is nice coming from a Gottlieb pin. This is an interesting table that will grab and keep your attention thanks to its three playfields, great looking artwork, and surprisingly decent sound. If I were to ever consider buying a Gottlieb machine, this would be the one -- very good.
1 year ago
Never avoid this game! Definitly a fun game.
1 year ago
This was my third machine. As an out of the box single ball no speech machine i would rate it much lower. After adding multiball and speech with led and translucent rubbers with a steeper slope this game both looks and plays great. A classic peice of pinball history.
1 year ago
Haunted house was ahead of its time. I can only imagine walking into a bar in 1982 and see 3 play fields and all those flippers. The music is great despite its age, and the games strategy, while easy on paper, is difficult in practice,making this machine a classic.
1 year ago
For a classic this game is cool,fast and super iconic.its creepy 80s awesomeness at its best.the 3 playfields are killer fun one of the best system 80 games you can get:)
2 years ago
3 play field levels and lots of action. Love the theme and the machine. This is one I would like to add to my collection.
2 years ago
This is a beautiful and iconic pinball machine with fantastic artwork and a great concept but it just doesn't come together all that well. It's not fun to play IMO.
2 years ago
Like Black Hole, this Gottlieb classic has a multi-level PF. You have the basement/cellar on the bottom (in a style much like Black Hole's 'Black Hole'), the Main Floor, and the Attic on the top right.

Sounds are limited to beeps and boops.

Gameplay is IMHO fun, but still challenging. There have been plenty of times where I lose a ball right from the get-go as a result of it bouncing down perfectly into the right outlane between the two right flippers.

Unlike Black Hole, Haunted House's cellar does not require you to score well in order to successfully exit, whereas Black Hole's Black Hole, you need to score enough or you will fail the 're-entry'. Instead, when the ball drains the cellar, it is sent back up to the main PF.

The attic area is interesting because the flippers are angled differently (so instead of looking like " \ / " they look like " / \ " and it has thrown me off a few times as my mind sees the flipper angle and reacts based on the direction, so sometimes the ball in on the right side, but because the flipper is angled like a left side would, my mind ends up telling me to press the left button...
Anyone else ever have that happen?

Anyway for those who think Black Hole and Haunted House are basically the same, then you haven't played them enough. Black Hole is a much faster game, and requires coordination to score enough to successfully exit the Black Hole without failing. While Haunted House is a bit slower, and as long as you can avoid the outlanes is pretty fun.
2 years ago
I really like HH! I may be just be a sucker for this genre but the whole scary house concept is done fantastic. The theme reminds me of Disney's Haunted Mansion. The artwork is absolutely superb! The sounds are also well done (I'd give them a higher ranking if the stupid song didn't start over after every time something on the playfield is hit).

The gameplay itself is fun. No there's not a lot of objectives to shoot for (as opposed to something newer like TAF), but this is just pinball at its purest: slamming a metal ball around bashing stuff. If the game is a bit mindless, it's because it's also just plain fun.

The 3 levels are well thought out and each plays uniquely. While I don't think this game has incredible "lasting power," it is a classic and a piece of art in its own right.
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