Gather round, boils and ghouls! Halloween is always a scary time of year, and what better way to experience this horrific day than by visiting some scary levels in video games? I, Spooky Sasha, am your tour guide to visit places that will make you shriek with delight!
Our first stop on our terrifying tour takes us to Mad Monster Mansion in Banjo-Kazooie, first released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. In their first outing, the titular bear and bird try to save Banjo’s sister Tooty from Gruntilda the evil witch’s clutches.
In the seventh level, brave gamers must have their wits about them as they navigate in and around the spooky scenery, the mansion the centrepiece. Living skeletons are sprinkled throughout the level, so watch your step. Feel like a dip in one of the perilous pools? Be careful, for they’ll sap away at your health!Abandoned houses are quite prominent in this neigh-boo-rhood! Make sure to look out for the mysterious shack with light pouring out and the cemetery!
Travellers who wander around the back of the cemetery can find some wonderful artworks that are worth a peek. Don’t stand too close, or something may take a peek back at you!
Ghastly ghosts roam the grounds, seeking their vengeance on the living by making sure they have no more honeycombs to live with. Make sure you don’t find yourself at a dead-end, or you might find yourself dead too!
The next stop on our terrifying trip is to Pumpkin Hill from Sonic Adventure 2, first released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2001, where Knuckles the Echidna must find his way through the rocky outcrops and find the shards of his broken Master Emerald. Here, the hills have eyes! And mouths, too! Nothing is what it seems and everything is haunted.
This level is split into three sections; Pumpkin Mountain, Church Mountain and Ghost Train Mountain. Ghosts are lurking behind every corner, so watch your step! Keep an eye out for Master Emerald shards, and take them home as a souvenir!
On Church Hill Mountain, you can take a lovely stroll through a graveyard. If you look hard enough, you can find the spooky skeleton dog. Don’t give him any bones though, he might get offended.
Stop by Ghost Train Mountain, and take a ride on the ghost train; see Pumpkin Hill in style! Be careful though, the train stops for no one, and its otherworldly body hurts to touch. Unless you have a date with death, it’s best to let this train keep on chugging.
With that, our scary sight-seeing tour has come to an end. I hope you enjoyed your time visiting some of the spookiest levels gaming has to offer. If you want to visit Mad Monster Mansion, you can buy a return ticket by purchasing Banjo-Kazooie on the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade for $14.99
If you want to see the sun set over Pumpkin Hill, you can pick up Sonic Adventure 2 on the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade for $9.95, the Playstation 3 through the Sony Entertainment Network Store for $11.95, or on the PC through Steam for $12.99.