The Haunted Mansion (video game)
|The Haunted Mansion|
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|Developer(s)||High Voltage Software|
|Release date(s)||PlayStation 2
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, Survival Horror|
The Haunted Mansion is an action-adventure video game released in 2003 by High Voltage Software. The game is based on the ride and the movie of the same name. High Voltage Software was scheduled to release a port of The Haunted Mansion for the Game Boy Advance, but its released was canceled and blocked by Nintendo; the game, while in a finished state, was never released to retail stores.
A Renaissance influenced nineteenth century mansion located in a bayou nearby New Orleans, Louisiana was a happy home to a family (presumably the Gracey family) until evil forces known as the Order of Shadows, led by Atticus Thorn has terrorized the mansion including the family, causing them to abandon the home and he forced all the resident ghosts of the mansion to serve his wills.
On October 17, 1879, after a Civil War, a young man named Ezekiel Halloway or Zeke, searching for a job, is misled by a newspaper advertisement about being a caretaker for a nearby mansion. He decides to take the job, and as he arrives, six friendly ghosts, who are Atticus Thorn's slaves, welcome him and cause him to faint. When he awakes, a spirit in a crystal ball named Madame Leota informs him that Atticus Thorn has trapped 999 souls in the mansion as part of his attempt to take over the Afterlife and should be sent into the Depths of the Afterdeath. She also informs him on how to use the Beacon of Souls, a magic lantern that fires bolts of light to fight off evil spirits. Leota also says that the Beacon is used to destroy the evil for good.
Zeke agrees to help them, and is given the weapon. He travels around the mansion, freeing shriveled ghosts and collecting legendary Soul Gems, the items that power up the Beacon, from the friendly ghosts. After fighting dozens of enemies, Zeke eventually gains a pirate's ring that unlocks a passageway to the Vault of Shadows, Atticus Thorn's secret lair behind a painting in the Foyer.
Atticus reveals his plan to take over both the Afterlife and the Land of the Living, and he steals the Beacon of Souls from Zeke. Zeke faces off against Thorn's true form, a giant, worm-like creature. After Atticus dies, Zeke emerges victorious and is thanked by the friendly ghosts. The Haunted Mansion is finally returned to light, and the 999 spirits are set free and move on to heaven. Zeke is employed as caretaker of the estate, and continues to live in harmony with the remaining ghosts along with Madame Leota. He then pursues his dream as a writer under Leota's guidance later on.
Ezekiel Halloway is a Louisiana young man desperately searching for work after the Civil War. Zeke grew up as an orphan, living with several caretakers throughout the years and is finally on his own. Zeke always felt lonely but had been used to it due to his parents' deaths. His father had died in the Civil War and his mother had gone missing shortly after. Zeke had to learn to fend for himself by his own ways. He'd always dreamed to become a writer and has written much but is stumped on what to write about in his current story. Zeke had always written about thrilling personal experiences yet hasn't had one in quite some time. Upon entering the mansion he discovers he has a story on his hands. That is- should he survive.
Throughout the mansion, Zeke uncovers lost entries of the chronicles of Atticus Thorn. As Zeke reads these, he learns that Atticus is the leader of a group entitled the Order of Shadows. The purpose of the Order of Shadows is to find the Beacon of Souls along with the legendary Soul Gems and use its powers to suck souls from the living and use their energy to conquer the Land of the Living as well as the realm of the dead, soon leaving nothing but food for worms.These chronicles date from 1342 to 1867, indicating Thorn's state of undead. Another league is the Brotherhood of Souls, of which Madame Leota joined after being tricked by Thorn into joining the Order of Shadows and then realizing his deception. The purpose of the Brotherhood is to use any passed on soul energy for good and hide the Beacon from Thorn and his Order of Shadows. As mentioned in one of Thorn's chronicles, "The Beacon now travels through the valleys of Spain" the Beacon has been passed through regions of the Brotherhood all throughout the entire world.
Ezekiel Halloway- Nicknamed Zeke. He is an unmarried dreamer who pursued to become a writer. Dee Bradley Baker provided the voice of Zeke.
Madame Leota- Imprisoned in her crystal ball by the evil powers of Atticus Thorn and the Order of Shadows. She aids Zeke throughout his mission.
The Duelist's Ghost- One of the six friendly ghosts who died in a duel in the Wild West and the first of the group Zeke meets. He gives Zeke a soul gem in the game room after Zeke completes the level.
The Organist's Ghost- One of the six friendly ghosts who was crushed by an organ in the ballroom and the second of the group Zeke meets. He gives Zeke a soul gem in the ballroom after Zeke completes the level. Unlike the organist in the ride and the movie, the character is without a hat and is shown to be a short-tempered and rude person but he appreciates Zeke's effort to restore the mansion and setting him and the other friendly ghosts as well as imprisoned spirits free.
The Beheaded Knight's Ghost- One of the six friendly ghost who's decapitated during Renaissance ghosts and the third of the group whom Zeke meets. He gives Zeke a soul gem in the pantry after Zeke completes the level. He has a similarity to the decapitated knight in the ride.
The Opera Singer's Ghost- The first female member of the six friendly ghosts who died by literally "bringing the house down"at a concert and the fourth of the group whom Zeke meets. She gives Zeke a soul gem in the sun room after Zeke completes the level.
The Old Lady's Ghost- The second female of the six friendly ghosts who died of Poisoned Tea in the Parlor and the fifth of the group Zeke meets. She gives Zeke a soul gem in the parlor after Zeke gets his 999th soul.
The Pirate's Ghost- One of the six friendly ghosts who died when his crew turning against him in the Seven Seas during a hurricane and the last of the group Zeke meets. He gives Zeke a pirate ring in the attic after Zeke completes the level.
Atticus Thorn- The main antagonist. He seeks to destroy everything and contains supernatural powers of which he uses to turn each room in the mansion into dark supernatural puzzles in which Zeke can undo by turning on the lights. Corey Burton provided the voice of Thorn
Atticus' minions and other enemies
Atticus Thorn imprisoned many souls and turned them into mindless, memory-less minions. Several varieties are listed below.
Evil Spirits - Zeke encounters these in every room and they easily shrivel up and hide when the lights are turned on. Seen first in the Great Hall. Evil spirits are easy to take down and do minimal damage. however they always show up in great numbers.
Spiders- These small, purple-and-white spiders cause not much harm and can be easily squished if Zeke steps on them. Seen first in the Foyer.
Giant Spiders- These spiders are larger than Zeke, orange and black, and are seen throughout the entire mansion, although not as often as the smaller ones. They also shoot strong webs to take Zeke in and bite him, causing much harm. Seen first crawling outside a window in the Conservatory. Fought first in the Game Room.
Banshees - Upon entering the Downstairs Hallway, Zeke sees a beautiful ghost with a brown veil covering her face and a faded pink dress. She floats around the corner and then disappears. Zeke then goes into the Kitchen hoping she'd be there and she is. She calls his name and then floats up to him, emitting an bloodcurdling scream to go with her "Scream" face. Zeke encounters these in almost every room following the Kitchen and is encountered in the hallways after a certain amount of levels. After she is defeated, she gives one final scream and vanishes. Seen first in Kitchen.
Skeleton Warriors- In the Graveyard, they raise up from underground and attack Zeke. They also have bone weapons known as Bone-erangs (pun of boomerang) that they throw at him and they shield themselves with their coffin doors. Zeke sees them throughout the mansion since. Seen first in Graveyard.
Gargoyles and their sidekicks - In the Mausoleum Battle, Zeke must defeat them. Every time the Gargoyles punch the ground with their fists, they release monkey skeletons that try to attack Zeke, which also explode on contact. He encounters them in a few rooms after. Seen first in Mausoleum.
Knights- After Zeke turns on the lights in the Trophy Room, a knight comes to life and attacks him. They scream and grunt loudly and try to impale Zeke with their axes at every chance they get. They show up in almost every room after and chase him in the hallways. Seen first in Trophy Room.
Dark Reapers- When the chase scene in the closet of the Children's Room is over, Zeke feels safe. Unfortunately the lights are still off and a similar creature to that of the Grim Reaper busts down the closet door and attacks Zeke. The Dark Reapers make a weird noise when first seen and every subsequent reappearance after turning invisible. They are fought in a few rooms after the Children's Room is cleared, including the Attic, where Zeke gets his 999th soul. Seen first in the Great Hall after Zeke breaks down the barrier and walks through the door. Also seen floating in mid-air outside the windows of the Winter Garden after the lights are turned on. Fought first in Children's Room.
Atticus Thorn and the Worms- Atticus Thorn throws new moves he has learned during the time the player hasn't found a soul gem. First found in Ballroom. Seen in a few rooms after inside the mansion, including when Zeke get the second round of soul gems. He also has strange Worm creatures helping him when he fights the player that emerge from his cloak. At the end, Atticus is revealed to be a giant Worm creature. He can breathe fireballs from his mouth and bite Zeke if you get too close. The giant gem on his chest, the weak point in the final battle can send out a flash that depletes the player's life, depending where he is looking.