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BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL

byHasbro
players3-6
ages12+
$80.00

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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.

Customer Reviews

Easy to learn, big fun, replayable! Review by Daromrom
Rating
This game checked many boxes for me:
Straightforward mechanics
Quick to learn and start playing
Great atmosphere

Just one negative for me: I'M ALWAYS THE TRAITOR - what's with that?!! (Posted on 2/06/15)
Brilliant Thematic Fun Review by Derry
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Every game of Betrayal at House on the Hill (BaHotH) starts with a group of characters who would not be out of place in any classic cult horror movie. From the young girl obsessed with dolls to the preppy popular girl to the track field star to the old professor. You choose one of 12 characters to start, each with their own starting stats, your stats determine how many dice you get to roll for any events that may happen as you explore the mansion.

The first half of the game has the players explore new rooms in the mansion expanding it with drawn tiles as they go through new doorways, finding items and many creepy events.

13 cursed rooms hold the Omen cards however, and this is where the betrayal in betrayal comes to life. Each of these powerful omen items collected increases the chance that a dreadful event will happen to the explorers. When finally triggered, one of 50 different events all centered around the horror trope theme will change the gameplay for the players completely.

Through a small explained story intro for each scenario, you will usually discover that one of the explorers who entered the mansion has sinister goals: often with lethal intent! The game becomes a 1vs.All as the traitor tries to complete his secret goal while foiling the also hidden plans of the heroes.

The largest fault in BaHotH comes with the brilliance of it's theme and atmosphere, sadly the actual gameplay and balance takes a backseat in nearly every game you will play. Conflict and challenges are determined by rolling a number of dice based on your stats, which can have disastrous results even for the most skilled of characters.

This isn't a reason to dismiss BaHotH though! The masterfully crafted text on cards and scenarios, the brilliant art for the room tiles, all create a tense exciting atmosphere as you and your friends create new adventures and stories every time you play; I'll always remember the time the young boy being played by my friend ran from 3 demons to hide in the attic, which was luckily blessed by a divine force to help him defend himself from the demons long enough to turn all three against their demon lord and stop the traitors plans to open a hellportal! Or the time where we were all tricked into hiding in the underground vault as our invisible foe through dynamite in there with us!

In summary: The atmosphere and stories you create in BaHotH are incomparable and with 50 different scenarios to complete in the games second half the replay value is in the upper echelons. However, if you are the kind of player who wants to create and review decisive long-term strategies, you are going to have a very different time than expected!
The best advice is to put on some great spooky music, and let yourself and your character see what it feels like to live through a horror movie.

(Posted on 29/05/15)
Different every time Review by Adin
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I love the mechanics of this game. Every game is different and until all is revealed anybody could be the traitor. We've played numerous times and have yet to get the same ending twice. The balance of victory for the group and traitors works well though positioning of tiles plays a huge part in how easy or difficult victory can be for either side. (Posted on 28/05/15)

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