Haunting Starring Polterguy

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Haunting Starring Polterguy
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[1] 714901
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E250SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[3][4] E250SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
046060

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Haunting Starring Polterguy is a Sega Mega Drive comedy horror simulation game developed by EA Creative Developments and published by Electronic Arts. First released in the United States in October 1993, the game is most notable for its unique premise and gameplay design, and for its large number of detailed animation sequences.

Gameplay

You play as Polterguy, a ghost whose task is to haunt the Sardinis, a family of snobs, out of the houses they keep moving into. You do this by taking control of various inanimate objects scattered around the house and loading them with traps that the family members will encounter, scaring them. The object to load with a trap is indicated by a mark resembling a flash of light; hit A once to "go into" the object and A again to get out. B and {{}} do something; exactly what is unknown (TODO).

After successfully scaring a family member out of the room they are in, pieces of "ecto" drop from above; collect them to refill your "ecto" meter (which goes down as you play). If your meter empties, you will be taken to the Underworld, where you must collect all the pieces of "ecto" to escape.

History

During development, Haunting Starring Polterguy was known under the working title of simply Haunting.

Magazine articles

Main article: Haunting Starring Polterguy/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #50: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #21: "Octobre 1993" (1993-10-08)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #17: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Hyper (AU) #1: "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
53 [6]
Sega Mega Drive
53
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
83
[7]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[8]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[2]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
78
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[10]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4 (RU)
60
[11]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
73
[12]
Gamers (DE)
47
[13]
GamesMaster (UK)
75
[14]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
83
[15]
Hyper (AU)
60
[16]
Joypad (FR) PAL
87
[17]
Mega (UK) PAL
68
[4]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
83
[18]
Mega Force (FR)
85
[19]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
71
[20]
Mega Power (UK) PAL
70
[21]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
76
[22]
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
70
[23]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
86
[24]
Megazone (AU)
76
[25]
Player One (FR)
78
[26]
Score (CZ)
78
[27]
Sega Magazin (DE)
72
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
51
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
75
[30]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
80
[31]
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
75
[32]
Todo Sega (ES)
81
[33]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
64
[34]
Video Games (DE) PAL
74
[35]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
31 reviews

Haunting Starring Polterguy

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Haunting MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Haunting MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, AU (NTSC)
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c9fc876d
MD5 3f18b4cfc9d286df11db970f2e894392
SHA-1 d6227ef00fdded9184676edf5dd2f6cae9b244a5
2MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 70
  2. 2.0 2.1 Computer & Video Games, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-15), page 52
  3. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 100
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 36
  5. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  6. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx)
  7. Consoles +, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 134
  8. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 178
  9. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "October 1993" (US; 1993-09-23), page 60
  10. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 347
  11. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 119
  12. GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 68
  13. Gamers, "Oktober/November 1993" (DE; 1993-09-24), page 62
  14. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 3, episode 2" (1993-09-16, 24:00) (+8:39)
  15. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 102
  16. Hyper, "January 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 65
  17. Joypad, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 74
  18. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 30
  19. Mega Force, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-10-08), page 116
  20. Mega Fun, "10/93" (DE; 1993-09-22), page 32
  21. Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 22
  22. MegaTech, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-20), page 84
  23. Magazina Igrushek, "1/1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 56
  24. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-28), page 99
  25. Megazone, "October 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 38
  26. Player One, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 112
  27. Score, "Srpen 1994" (CZ; 1994-08-01), page 56
  28. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 44
  29. Sega Power, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-02), page 68
  30. Sega Pro, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 62
  31. Sega Zone, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-xx), page 64
  32. Sega Force Mega, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 98
  33. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 66
  34. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 84
  35. Video Games, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-19), page 87


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