Betrayal At House On The Hill
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- Tile by tile, terror by terror, build your own haunted mansion - then try to escape it alive.
- With 50 blood-curdling scenarios, each trip to the House on the Hill promises fresh horrors.
- Players must work together to survive the nightmare. . .
- . . . except for one player who becomes the traitor.
- 3–6 players, Ages 12+, 60 min per game (high replayability)
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A Quick Glance
- For 3 to 6 players
- 60 minutes of play time
- Designed for 3–6 players
- Ages 12 and up
- Cooperative game
Features multiple scenarios, a different lay-out with every game, and enough chills to freeze the heart of any horror fan.
Take a deep breath before you enter. It might be your last.
The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul and dead, the feel of something crawling down your back – this and more can be found this award-winning and highly acclaimed game of strategy and horror.
- Character cards
- Pre-painted plastic figures
- Special tokens
Take a deep breath. . .it could be your last.
Fear grows with every new room discovered in a house filled with dreadful monsters and deadly secrets.
With 50 fiendish scenarios and dozens of danger filled rooms, a new haunted house is built room by room, creating a new story every time you play.
In each room, you might find something. . .or something might find you.
Suspense and excitement quickly build as players encounter spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate.
The haunt awaits.
As you brave your way through each unique room, you and the other explorers must rely on each other to survive the horrors that await…
Until the house turns one of you against the rest.
Origins Awards Gamers’ Choice Award Winner
Japan Boardgame Prize Best Advanced Game Nominee
2006 Games 100 Family Game Honorable Mention
Betrayal at House on the Hill Board Game -2nd Edition: Take a deep breath before you enter. It might be your last. Your fear will grow with each tile you place as you investigate a house filled with dreadful monsters and deadly secrets. With 50 fiendish scenarios (including seven new haunts) and dozens of danger-filled rooms, you'll return to the house again and again - as often as you dare - and never face the same game twice. Contents include 1 rulebook, 2 haunt books, 44 room tiles, 1 Entrance Hall/Foyer/Grand staircase tile, 6 explorer figures, 6 two-sided character cards, 30 plastic clips, 8 dice, 1 Turn/Damage track, 80 cards (events, item, omen and more) and 149 tokens. For 3 - 6 players, ages 12 and up
From the Manufacturer
The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul and dead, the feel of something crawling down your back – this and more can be found in the exciting refresh of the Avalon Hill favorite Betrayal at House on the Hill. This fun and suspenseful game is a new experience almost every time you play – you and your friends explore “that creepy old place on the hill” until enough mystic misadventures happen that one of the players turns on all of the others. Hours of fun for all your friends and family. Designed for 3–6 players aged 12 and up, this boardgame features multiple scenarios, a different lay-out with every game, and enough chills to freeze the heart of any horror fan.
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HOWEVER, there are VERY VERY negative spiritual elements in this game, in the book that said DO NOT READ (because it is for the scenarios). There is voodoo with an explanation of different voodoo dolls, seances, the gateway to hell, pentagrams, demons.... It goes beyond fun scary things into really, really dark things. I played it once, and it's now not allowed in my house. 'Nuf said.
1) Are you someone who enjoys long, drawn out, complicated, convoluted, games of mild strategy/mostly luck? You have no where else you need to be for the next 4 hours? Really?? Sad. If so, this game is for you, proceed to the next step.
2) Be sure to look up the revised rules, as the current rule book has tons of inaccuracies and some of the haunts make absolutely no sense.
3) Read everything multiple times. Got a number in your head? No, more than that. EVEN. MORE. Good. Now you'll still be confused but at least you'll be confused with the correct information.
4) Consider wearing costumes. It really livens things up.
5) Play on a large surface. The house will grow in every imaginable direction, there will be cards and dead bodies everywhere. It's a mess, make sure you have the space for it.
My main issue related to this game is the quality of the game and pieces. All of the small monster/item/etc token pieces require you to punch out the pieces from a large sheet. A large portion of my pieces ripped and tore when punching them out. Additionally, a room tile and character card have some small tears on them. The characters are all made of cheap plastic. One of them was not set properly and leans so much it barely stands up. I have some friends that own an older version of the game and it is of much higher quality than the game I received. I should also mention that the actual game box has started peeling. I have only had this game for 2 weeks now and it already looks like its been heavily played for years.
I do want to mention that I reached out to Avalon Hill about the torn game pieces and they are sending me replacement pieces. The customer service was great, but the actual replacement parts are going to take 5-6 weeks to ship to me. It's rather disappointing for a new game that is rather expensive to buy. I expected higher quality. I can only hope that the replacement pieces are better than the originals that I received.
Gameplay - 4/5 stars
Game Quality - 1/5 stars
Avg Rating - 3/5 stars
It's an exploration/board building game with an eerie theme about it and a really unique mechanic.
Players begin by choosing a character -- one of 12, each of which have their own set of stats. Then players enter the house, flipping cards to uncover rooms to build out the mansion. Rooms can contain special events, items (like weapons, armor, or occult paraphernalia), or omens. Which are bad.
Whenever an omen is found, the player that found it must roll the die and roll more than the number of omens that have currently been found. If a player fails to roll more than the number of omens, then THE HAUNT BEGINS. At this point, the instruction book is consulted which will tell you which haunt scenario to follow based on the conditions that caused it to occur. Usually one player is named the betrayer and is given their on set of instructions to follow (I suggest you make them leave the room) while the rest of the explorers plan their strategy to defeat them.
There are around 30 different scenarios you can play out, which means that you can play several different unique stories. The flavor text of all the cards is pretty entertaining, so things are best if everyone can get into it when they're reading to the group.
Overall it's a really fun game that can be enjoyed by both seasoned board gamers and beginners.
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Lots of fun to play, especially as you're never quite sure as to when the game will change completely or who will suddenly turn on the rest of the group. Lots of replayability with a book full of different betrayer scenarios to play through. The game is dead easy to learn and quickly becomes involved and challenging! Always fun to play!
When it arrived, however, I was very disappointed with the quality of the cheap, card pieces. I understand there are lots of different pieces due to the 50 scenarios available, so it's probably to keep costs down... but they could have put in a little more effort.
As you can see from my photos, the box itself was badly damaged. It looks second-hand. The pieces are cut out in the wrong place, leaving off some of the lettering that was supposed to be on the tokens. The card is ripping and pulling apart at the edges, and the markers that you attach to the characters to keep track of stats are terrible. They damage the cardboard, and are a pain in the butt to move when you need to... and it's difficult to see where they point sometimes due to being so far from the numbers!
However, forgetting all that negativity... the game itself is fantastic fun to play. Everybody has loved it so far, and I really like the concept of building the house as you play... plus the 50 scenarios means it has a lot of replayability.
If you can ignore the flaws, it's fun... but be aware the quality is pretty poor. Including incorrect markings on one of the dice.
It was useful to have someone who knew the game to help us get used to it. The nice thing is the way that the game can have so much variety due to the way you pick the 'traitor' and all the different characters. so do persist with it. It's not as complicated as it first seems.
I bought this as a present and was a little disappointed as the bottom of the box had been significantly dented. If I had bought it 'in a store' I would have picked another one, or asked for a discount. If this is the reason it was a good price (reduced compared to most sellers) then they should have said. It didn't look like it was due to the delivery, as it was like the bottom had been pushed in (bent upwards in a curve) then the cellophane tight wrapping put on afterwards, as the cellophane wasn't dented and was unbroken! ie it had somehow happened during manufacture.
Luckily it hadn't damaged the contents and as it was for the family we kept it. This was one of those things that annoy me about online purchases, I was intending to buy this in a store, but they didn't have it in stock.
There is one downside. The developers should of made more room tiles as after three games, I've revealed all of the rooms which kind of damages the illusion of exploring a new environment. I think they've addressed this in expansion packs which is sold separately.
Overall it is a lot of fun and I thoroughly recommend it to any fan of board games.
The single, solitary criticism we have on the product itself is that the small plastic "clips" used to indicate character stats on their cards are far too loose with every copy of the game we've ever handled. I'd recommend either using the Android/iOS character app, pencil-and-paper, or look for some aftermarket (often 3d-printed) clips/frames.
Then buy this! Thats exactly why I did!
At first, upon opening a box, I thought I may have made a mistake. As though I knew I would like it - would the rest of the fam' be able to cope with more advanced rules than the above mentioned ones...
But after a few test runs with Eleven year old son (sharing the 3rd player - at least 3 are necessary, and beneficial, in the long run though - I found it very easy to learn the basics for that full on; 3 to 6 player experience.
Really good fun if you have the patience and imagination to accompany it - you can play it many, many times and it be a different story and board layout. Genius!
(Needs a large-ish dining table or floor space to play it)
On the whole, the game is easy enough to learn. Although the manual is pretty hefty, if you play it through and read the rules as you go its less tricky. Probably not going to want to play it with juniors.
Lovely quality board pieces (you lay down the house one tile at a time) and overall tokens and everything else are what you would expect from today's modern board games.
So overall, not without fault but generally worthwhile.
Nice to see actual little figures for the characters rather than meeples too!
The cutouts inside are a really cheap cardboard and paper backing with some already torn and bent apart whilst still in the wrapping. The booklet was also bent and crumpled inside, not what I would expect from a £30/£40 game (Although on sale atm)
The game itself is a good idea, and we enjoyed parts, but severely let down when playing with cheap broken and bent pieces.
It can seem a little complex until you get into it and there is some reading involved when you reach the point of starting the haunt (however a non playing parent can help out here if needed). My kids are fairly hardy so like the gore and scary aspects. These are in descriptions and in the idea of it being a haunted house.
Board and pieces are good quality and seem like they will last a lot of games and there is an expansion pack.
The only criticisms I can find is that, in parts, I feel the rules can be a bit vague at times and do not help explain some scenarios. And the markers used to keep track of your stats do not grip to your character development card (so we write and keep track of this on paper).
Apart from these little things, once you have familiarised yourself with the general rules, this game is a very fun and not so demanding strategy game! And who doesn't enjoy searching a haunted house?!
Delivery was prompt, arriving earlier then expected, made a great present for my friend.
The only problem we had was with the miniatures included in the box, the miniatures were poorly packaged and resulted in two of the characters being bent out of shape permanently due to the material causing them to spring back into the bent shape (see attached photo)
4/5(would have been 5/5 had the miniatures not be bent out of shape.)
The fact that the house is generated differently each time and you are unlikely to have the same hero find the same omen in any singular room each play through really helps for replay-ability.
If you're not the attentive or reading sort, you may not enjoy this quite so much as though the rules are simple, they require the attention to pick up and put into practice- this game CAN be learned by simply playing, but I will admit if you're a fidgety sort, it might not be your thing.
The haunts are deliciously wonderful and one of my favorite features is how the game suddenly switches from an exploration to a survival game- the traitor twist is also fantastic, as literally no-one can be sure of just WHO it's going to be before it happens.
My one complaint would be the fiddleyness of some of the components- the figures themselves came somewhat bent and squashed, which was a huge shame, and the little 'markers' for stats fall off far too easily to be reliable- you'd be better just writing them down.
In any case, I've played this game many times now and am still finding new things to do with the haunts and enjoying it!