Haunted Hollow makes spooking competitive

Firaxis, best known for their work on the popular XCOM and Civilization games, are jumping into mobile with their first iPad title, Haunted Hollow. We checked it out at GDC 2013 with their publisher 2K, and it's shaping up to be really interesting. Two players face off at opposite ends of an unsuspecting village in large haunted mansions. Each player takes turns summoning monsters, sending them to the town, and scaring its hapless inhabitants. In the process, players gather fear points which are used to expand their mansion and create bigger baddies, and in turn control new neighborhoods of the village. Players also have to create some more aggressive monsters to fend off the opposing player's and the town's angry mob which invariably rises up against the haunted houses. The player which controls the whole town with fear wins.

Haunted Hollow is free to play, but players can pay to unlock new families of haunted houses, each with their own unique flavor and abilities. That set-up, along with the asynchronous multiplayer, reminded me an awful lot of Hero Academy, and that's generally a good thing. It helps that the game is very family-friendly, so you can pass-and-play in the living room.

Haunted Hollow is currently enjoying a soft launch in Canada, and expanding internationally this spring. Any takers?

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Haunted Hollow makes spooking competitive

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This looks like an amazing time waster, especially for children. I'm sure my nieces will enjoy this tremendously. The only shame is this would be so much more of a hit if you managed to launch it during Halloween. Either way, I can't wait to try it.

This will be a very fun game to play with my older daughter. She will love it and I'll love playing it with her. Can't wait for it to hit the US store!!

Passing on it for now... will keep an eye out for release in the PK store and reviews though.