Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game Review: Welcome, Foolish Mortals

Trick-or-treating plans may not be in the cards for Halloween 2020, but Funko Games has just the thing to keep you entertained on October 31st, especially for those aged nine or older. Available now, Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game brings the iconic Disney theme park attraction to your tabletop, offering up fun and accessible gameplay for anyone daring enough to enter.

Watch That First Step – It’s A Doozy

In Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game, two to six players take on the role of Guests, who (for whatever reason) decide to explore the Haunted Mansion in search of the ghosts who live within its walls. Players will collect Ghost Cards which award points, but unlucky visitors might also unwillingly acquire Haunt Cards, which actually hinders their score at the end of the game. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Setup is fairly straightforward – though the “How to Play” tutorial video was a very welcomed resource – with a gameboard that features all of the rooms and areas of the legendary attraction, such as the Ballroom and Dining Room, while coming complete with the mansion’s infamous Hitchhiking Ghosts. A dial featuring the Séance Room surrounded by the spinning Endless Hallway sits in the center of the board and acts as the primary source of player movement based on the cards that are drawn during each round – which features an Event Phase and an Action Phase.

The Event Phase begins with the player drawing from the Event Card pile and following its directions, which includes a number for how many rooms to move the Hitchhiking Ghosts, the direction in which to move them, and a rule that alters gameplay for that specific round. If the ghosts pass through or end up in a room where another player is standing, those players will have to take a Haunt Card. A certain number of Ghost Cards (determined by the number of players) are then placed in the mansion’s rooms, followed by the Action Phase of the round.

Each player can take up to three actions per turn, which include moving their token to different rooms, rotating the Endless Hallway, collecting a Ghost Card, dueling another player, and discarding a Haunt Card.

Play continues until the Final Round Card is drawn. Players will tally up their Haunt Card points. The person with the highest number of points having to discard their most populated Ghost Card type, leaving them at a major disadvantage. Players then tally their Ghost Card points, and the player with the most points wins.

A Long Walk Through The Endless Hallway

Once you get used to the gameplay, Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game becomes a lot more fun. Though, admittedly, there was a fairly decent learning curve for my group. As stated earlier, the “How to Play” video that accompanies the written instruction booklet was very helpful in finally figuring things out, but learning all of the ins-and-outs of what each player can do on their turn (and how many times they can do it) might be a bit frustrating for younger players.

One of the things that kept us in it, though, was visiting all of the rooms and uncovering all of the ghosts that inhabit the Haunted Mansion. There was a considerable feeling of nostalgia that lingered as my group played, taking us back to our trips to Disneyland and Disney World. It definitely added to the experience as we reminisced over our memories, especially since visiting the theme parks right now is a bit of an ill-advised decision given the current state of the world.

Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game may take a bit of time to initially learn, but once you get the hang of it, you and your party will have a fun time as you make your way through the Haunted Mansion while plotting against one another. Just do your best to avoid picking up any “hitchhikers.”

A sample of Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game was provided to TheGamer for this review. Disney Haunted Mansion – Call of the Spirits Game is available now on Amazon.

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Sam has been writing for TheGamer since early 2018, earning the role as the Lead Features & Review Editor in 2019. The Denver, Colorado-native’s knack for writing has been a life-long endeavor. His time spent in corporate positions has helped shape the professional element of his creative writing passion and skills. Beyond writing, Sam is a lover of all things food and video games, which – especially on weekends – are generally mutually exclusive, as he streams his gameplay on Twitch (as well as TheGamer’s Facebook page) under the self-proclaimed, though well-deserved moniker of ChipotleSam. (Seriously…just ask him about his Chipotle burrito tattoo). You can find Sam on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as @RealChipotleSam.

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