Haunted House (pinball)

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Haunted House
Haunted House (pinball).jpg
Release dateJune 1982
SystemSystem 80
DesignJohn Osborne
ArtworkTerry Doerzaph
Production run6,385

Haunted House is a pinball game released in 1982 by Gottlieb. It was the first game with three playfields that the ball can move between, including one below the main playing surface. Haunted House was designed by John Osborne, with artwork by Terry Doerzaph. It is part of Gottlieb’s “System 80” series of pinball machines.[1]


Haunted House has three playfields (a mini underground playfield, a main playfield, and an upper playfield.),[2] eight flippers, at unique angles, four pop bumpers, two kick-out holes, a secret passage (a false target that drops down after impact to allow entrance to cellar.), a trap door that opens for ball, a lightning animation in the backglass and kicking bat targets.[1] The lower playfield of Haunted House is accessible any time during the game, and the one ball travels between all three playfields. Each playfield is themed to be a part of a haunted house, the main level being the main floor, the lower level being the cellar, and the upper level being the attic.[2][1]

The ball can only be lost from the main playfield, as the ball draining on the attic or cellar playfields will always be returned to another playfield for play to continue.

Sound effects[edit]

Haunted House employed segments the Bach organ piece, Toccata and Fugue in D minor:[3] during the game's start (the pronounced opening of the Toccata); during the game itself (a repeated playback of part of the Toccata where the tune alternates quickly between one fixed note and others within the D Minor key); and when the game ends (the famous ending of the Fugue).[2]


Haunted House pinball is available as a licensed table of The Pinball Arcade for several platforms. The table is also one of seven Gottlieb tables recreated in Microsoft Pinball Arcade. The demo version of the computer game has Haunted House as the only playable table.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Internet Pinball Database: Gottlieb "Haunted House"". Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c Rossignoli, Marco (2000). The Complete Pinball Book, Collecting the Game and Its History. Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 0-7643-1003-8.
  3. ^ [1] Haunted House by Gottlieb

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