Betrayal at House on the Hill Review

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Overall Score

8 Fun
7 Replayability
8 Player Interaction
8 Quality
7 Art & Style

Betrayal at House on the Hill continues to be one of the top role-playing thematic adventure games. There are many well-written stories to explore. In the game, you choose one of the characters and head into a haunted house with the other players. You move through it, discovering room by room and the danger/adventure that is in store for you there. Halfway through the game, you discover that one of you is a traitor and it becomes them against the group. This great tile satisfies all sorts of feelings from the cooperative, discovery and strategy. This is our Betrayal at House on the Hill review.

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Fun (8 out of 10)

For what it is, the game has exactly what you need. It has all sorts of gameplay levels and tactics to master. It is definitely one of those along-for-the-ride games but there are enough strategic choices that make you believe you are in control of your destiny. High marks in this Betrayal at House on the Hill Review for fun for sure.

Replayability (7 out of 10)

The game has over 100 scenarios to play, and those each with their own random conditions. It would take years to go through everything! The scenarios are not just stories, they absolutely change the fundamental strategy of the game and what you need to do in order to win, making it fresh every time.

Player Interaction (8 out of 10)

For the most part, you need to split off and explore your own section of the mansion, dealing with what’s in there on your own, but you are a team. Your mates will certainly need to come to assist you from time to time. Then there is the unique turn of it being a cooperative game and then switches into a head to head one, there are so many different layers of interaction.

Quality (8 out of 10)

You can look to the individual characters as an indicator of quality. It is high, the little miniature personalities you could be each have their own style and have their most microscopic detail tended to. And that is across the board, no pun intended. On top of that, the writing is phenomenal. The storytellers behind this one are world-class. As far as this Betrayal at House on the Hill review goes, they did a great job from start to finish.

Art & Style (7 out of 10)

The artists did a good job of giving each character and room their own feeling. In a thematic game like this, making the setting just so is important and they got it right here. Everything executed well. As previously mentioned, the miniature characters that come with are amazing. They are some of the most personable miniatures out there.


Betrayal at House on the Hill Review

Betrayal at House on the Hill is high up on all lists for this category for good reason. The game is executed brilliantly from start to finish. The scenarios, their writing and how they affect gameplay have easily made BAHOTH an industry leader. It can be a little long and very complex to learn how to play, but once you get in the groove it is great fun. This has been the Betrayal at House on the Hill review of the board game.

Editor's Rating:

See the full explanation of the judging criteria here.



5.5 / 10 – Thoughtful Gamer Review
“Betrayal at House on the Hill, from any level-headed perspective, is a bad game. It’s very old-school in its design, with tons of dice rolling, character stats, and random events. But every once in a while it gives you one of those fantastic, hilarious, memorable moments.”

8.5 / 10 – iSlayTheDragon Review
“Betrayal at House on the Hill is a fun game that tells an exciting adventure/horror story with simple mechanics in less than an hour. It’s not a tightly packed, cerebral euro or a tactical combat game – it just tells a fun story about a haunted house.”

9 / 10 – What’s Eric Playing? Review
“If you’re looking for a good strategy game to play, play Splendor or something. Play this when you want to mess around with some friends and you don’t mind getting horribly mangled by an angry cat or turned into a frog by a witch or something.”

80 / 100 – Zatu Games Review
“Betrayal at House on the Hill is an in-depth, well-designed game, but it is not without its flaws. This game should not be played by inexperienced or new board gamers, since some of the rules that make up the second phase can be complex and confusing.”

Mixed Positive – Start Your Meeples Review
“Everything went incredibly well during the exploration, right up until the Haunt. Then a rubbish haunt came out. It was horrible and broken and frustrating. I don’t remember what the haunt was, but there was anguish around the table.”

Positive – Game Cows Review
“The game is just fun and goofy. It’s like taking part in a classic horror movie with all your friends.”

Positive – Co-Op Board Games Review
“Betrayal at House on the Hill is an intense horror game that most people will enjoy. It doesn’t have quite as much meat on the bone as games like Ghost Stories and Dead of Winter, but the horror theme is so strong that you don’t even notice it most of the time.”

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