Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
Haunt is a title designed for kids that uses the Kinect controller. The game can easily be compared to any theme park’s haunted mansion rides that try to scare your children with corny sounds and scares by pulling them in their face. If you have already been to carnival haunted mansion rides, this is exactly what you have seen there, only this time, Kinect lets you dodge the scares. One of the best things about the game that I found through the review is that the controls are surprisingly accurate. There were only a very handful places where the controller failed to register my movements, but it was mostly a smooth experience.
The story of Haunt is quite simple and easy to understand for children. You are tasked to find four special artifacts which will rescue a wealthy man from a magical prison. Benjy Muldoon sends you to the mansion after he gets trapped in one of the artwork he created, and the only things that can free him are the four artifacts scattered in the mansion. The ghosts in the beginning take the artifacts to different sections of the mansion. Each section of the mansion has a theme of its own and the game gives you the choice of picking up the section you like.
In addition for of the different sections look, each mansion section in Haunt also provides different gameplay mechanics. When you choose a section of the mansion, you find yourself playing an adventure game. This game follows the traditional point click formula of adventure games, but removes the pointer from the mix. Instead of a mouse, you use your hand to make different gestures and come up with solutions.
While you travel across the mansion in Haunt, you will face many foes like ghosts. These ghosts often appear suddenly to scare you, but these aren’t terrifying. The game looks more like a cartoony adventure than a resident evil game. The game is particularly easy for youngsters to play because every action you need to perform in order to proceed is displayed on the screen, and these actions are pretty straight forward.