Spookiest game of the year

A review of “Betrayal at the House on the Hill.”

This is “Betrayal at House on the Hill” with a randomized layout of rooms that are in play.


This is “Betrayal at House on the Hill” with a randomized layout of rooms that are in play.

Maxwell Harris, Staff Writer

“Betrayal at House on the Hill” is a board game that came out in mid-2018 and can be played with anywhere from two to six people.

The gameplay loop is to explore rooms and collect items, experience events, and collect omens while rolling things called “haunt rolls” until the haunt begins. This ultimately changes the whole game into a sort of free-for-all against one traitor that is unknown until the haunt begins. If you want to hear more about it, Teach The Table on YouTube has more information here.

For my review, I played with four other people, and I believe the game was really good. It was as fun and scary as the game strived to be, and it really just was a good game to experience. I would play it again if I actually bought the game, but I think if you are into board games I actually would go as far as to recommend that you try it.

There are a bunch of different ways the game can play out, and I’ve been told that games can last for hours if they are on the longer side. Our game didn’t last that long, but due to time constraints we were not able to finish; however we still got really far and pretty much experienced the whole game up to either winning or losing. 

The game is surprisingly suspenseful due to the fact that you can die at any time after the haunt begins, and also that you don’t really know who the traitor actually is or what abilities they possess. The room layout can vary across games, and there are random events that happen that are usually different every game as well. Due to the way the game is set up, usually every game will be different and there are a ton of different room combinations that you can experience.

For the price point of $47.99, I feel as though the time my group got out of it was pretty good. The replayability is good, and I think I would play it again to try and experience all of the other events and traitors if I could. I would go as far as saying the game is worth purchasing, even for the relatively expensive price of almost $50.

As an overall rating out of 10, I would give this game an 8/10; it was a little complicated to get into, but after I got the hang of the game, it was incredibly fun and an amazing experience. “Betrayal at House on the Hill” has inspired me to play more board games, so despite its complicated nature, I believe it to be a good introductory board game if you are willing to learn its mechanics.

All in all, the game is truly amazing and it doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves. More people need to play this game, so if you are interested in scary, strategy-based board games, then definitely give this one a try.