Factsheet

Developer:
SFB Games
Based in London, England

Release date:
31 October, 2013

Platforms:
Steam: Windows/Mac OS
Humble: Windows/Mac OS

Website:
hauntthehouse.com/

Regular Price:

USD$4.99
GBP£3.99
EUR€4.99

Description

Haunt the House: Terrortown is a 2D side-scrolling action puzzle game for Windows and Mac OS. Playing as a mischievous ghost, your goal is to possess inanimate objects around town and use your ghostly powers to scare out every last living soul. Be careful not to scare them too much though, who knows what they might do...

Features

  • A vibrant town with 5 locations to visit, each with it's own signature music
  • Hundreds of different objects to possess, with several powers each to try
  • A beautiful original score featuring world-class live session musicians
  • A large cast of townfolk, each with a personality, voice and sense of style
  • A secret, second goal beyond simply scaring everyone out of town...

History

Haunt the House: Terrortown was first created as a PlayStation Mobile game, intended to be played on the PS Vita. Sony were looking for indie developers to create original games for their new platform, and SFB Games were excited at the chance to make their first console game. Released on the PSM store on 9th Jaunary 2013, the game was generally well received, despite a lack of public awareness that PSM even exists. The PC port was created in a few short months, and first came out through the Humble widget on the games own site, being released on Halloween day. In January 2014 it was put up on Steam Greenlight. In just 17 days, the game had risen to #6 out of ~1500 and was greenlit the following day. On June 6th, it'll be released on the Steam store, with added Steam achivements and trading cards, plus XBox 360 controller support.

Videos

Trailer YouTube, .mp4 Download

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Arcade Game by a Small Studio" TIGA Awards, London, 2013
  • "Indie Prize" Casual Connect Europe, Hamburg 2013
  • "Nomination for Most Amazing Indie Game award" A MAZE Fest, Berlin, 2013

    Selected Articles

      • "Emotional cruelty, suicide, haunted euphoniums - there's a surprisingly dark heart beating away inside this cheery little Halloween special. There's a genuine sense of mischief, too, conveyed by the bug-eyed howls of your prey and the looping, lilting tones of the jazz-club soundtrack. Short yet rather lavish, this will light up your Vita's screen (or that of your PlayStation Certified Android device!) for, at best, one cold dark night of ghoulish mayhem. That's just enough, as it happens - that's just enough."
        - Christian Donlan, Eurogamer
      • "Visually, Haunt the House: Terrortown's bisected buildings and bold, colourful backgrounds echo the backdrops in 2012 iOS hit Beat Sneak Bandit. However, the environments - which include a theatre, a hospital, and a clock tower - are, rather fittingly, inspired by locations used in classic horror movies."
        - James Gilmour, Pocket Gamer
      • "This has got to be the most creative game on the PlayStation Mobile platform ... one of the most striking art styles of any game on the Vita, let alone the PlayStation Mobile platform ... this game is laugh-out-loud fun, and the best $5 I have spent on a game in a very long time."
        - Matt Sainsbury, DigitallyDownloaded.net
      • "The game is has a really great art style, as you can see from the screens. All of the objects in each level have great animations too. From a pipe organ playing to a dinosaur skeleton chomping each is wonderfully vivid. I get a real Mutant Blobs Attack vibe from the characters, which is always a good thing."
        - Chris K, PSNStores.com
      • "It looks super cute, in that Loco Roco / “Samurai Jack” kind of way."
        - Joe Fourhman, GGS Gamer
      • "Instead of being terrified by countless spooks, this time around the player takes control of the neighborhood ghost, bent on scaring everyone else out of town."
        - Ryan Winslett, Gaming Blend
      • "All in all Haunt the House is really cool and a great start to the PSM platform in 2013"
        - Curtis H, PSNStores.com

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      About SFB Games

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      SFB Games is a British independent game studio, founded by brothers Tom and Adam Vian, who have been making games together since 2003.

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      Haunt the House Terrortown PC Credits

      Tom Vian
      Founder & Developer, SFB Games

      Adam Vian
      Founder & Artist/Designer/Animator, SFB Games

      Catherine Unger
      Background Artist, Freelance

      Raphael Benjamin Meyer
      Composer, Freelance

      Deven Mack & Edward Bosco
      Voice Casting, Toon Platoon Casting

      Kimlinh Tran
      Voice Directing, Casting Coordinator & Voice Actor, Freelance

      Xander Mobus
      Voice Actor, Freelance

      Zach Holzman
      Voice Actor, Freelance

      Sarah Williams
      Voice Actor, Freelance

      Christopher Niosi
      Voice Actor, Freelance

      Joshua Tomar
      Voice Actor, Freelance

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