The ultimate in haunted house games, the Betrayal at House on the Hill board game is NOT a game about you doing things (think Monopoly), it’s a game about things HAPPENING to you.
This is a co-operative, tile-laying board game which involves the exploration of an old haunted mansion.
When the “haunting” kicks in, as the game is played, one player — with the help of evil spirits — will end up betraying the other players. No players have any knowledge as to who this may be when the game starts.
Beginning together, working as a team, and then descending into the unknown while being pursued by unseen evil results in a sheer test of knowledge and strength in an every-man-for-himself drive to survive the game and get out of the house.
Betrayal at House on the Hill Play
In Betrayal, each player chooses a character with the initial goal of exploring a creepy, creaky, cobweb and rodent infested old mansion. As you gingerly venture from room to room, you may find something sinister or something evil may find you.
With 50 different scenarios, the haunted house’s layout will be different each time you explore it.
How you HANDLE the “surprises” in your path as you explore, will determine your strength as a player. You may become a stronger player or a weaker one.
You’ll never get too comfortable as someone, exploring the house with you, will trigger what’s known as a “Haunt” event.
When this happens, one player in the game will turn and betray all other Explorers. This new traitor in the group will stop at nothing to defeat his or her former companions.
The Explorers now become the hunted and must struggle to survive the “Haunt”.
This game remains exciting EACH time it is played because there are 50 DIFFERENT “Haunts” — each with its own story and the layout of the rooms of the haunted mansion are never the same.
The House on the Hill Characters
When you play Betrayal at House on the Hill, you become one (1) of twelve (12) different characters. Each of the twelve has his or her own set of skills and knowledge. Each also possesses their own individual might, agility, and level of sanity.
Should your character become injured or terrified, your abilities may change and you can get weaker. If you are clever in your exploration and find useful items in your search, your character’s abilities will become stronger.
The Haunted Room Tiles
When you begin playing Betrayal, you do not have access to all rooms in the haunted mansion. Initially, only a couple of rooms are visible to the players. As players continue their journey, more and more tiles are added — essentially building the house so it takes shape as you play.
Some room tiles have special shaped symbols meaning the first Explorer into that room must draw a card to see what happens next.
Some of the rooms also contain secrets that may impede your exploration — you may suddenly drop into the dreaded basement or be forced to change directions.
The Betrayal Card Decks
The cards you draw, based on a symbol on the card, can be good, bad or somewhere in the middle.
An “Item Card” drawn with a Bull’s head symbol means something useful that can help a player.
If you draw, for example an “Omen Card”, marked with the symbol of a Black Raven, it can be useful but with a down side — each Omen uncovered increases the risk that you or a fellow Explorer will trigger a “Haunt”.
A card with a Yellow Spiral generally does not yield any helpful items, but it could have some nasty, detrimental effects to you or your fellow Explorers.
What’s in the Board Game Box?
- 45 Room Tiles
- 6 Painted Plastic Figures
- 6 Double-Sided Character Cards
- 80 Cards (Omens, Items, and Events)
- 291 Tokens
- 30 Plastic Clips
- Turn/Damage Marker
- 8 Dice
- Secrets of Survival booklet
- Traitor’s Tome booklet
This game set has quite a few pieces and is best played on a hard level surface. With the number of game pieces and figures, this game can be played with up to six (6) people making it a great option for groups of friends. The minimum number, to play this game as it intended, however, is three (3) players.
Some players, in earlier versions, had experienced issues with keeping their character figures in their bases but much has been improved with this newest 2nd edition “Deluxe” release.
House on the Hill Conclusion
This is a Hasbro-Avalon Hill published game that is recommended for Ages 12 and older. It is a suspenseful, strategy game challenging a player’s survival skills — and, wrapping all who play it in the horror you would expect from a superior haunted house board game.
This game is great any time you want to stand the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck — it is NOT a “just for Halloween board game”!
Play takes anywhere from 50 minutes to 90 minutes based on the number of players. It’s easy to get one or two rounds of game play in on a Friday or Saturday night with friends or family.
This haunted mansion game is so intriguing and unpredictable, it’s a must own — and, this new 2nd Edition release has game fans absolutely drooling over their next purchase.
Notice the eyes of any previous diehard fans — they seem to dilate in excitement at the mere thought of running back into this haunted mansion of evil — surely this is one of the best haunted house board games on the market today.
Betrayal At House On The Hill - 2nd Edition
- For 3 to 6 players
- 60 minutes of play time
- Designed for 3-6 players aged 12 and up
- Cooperative game