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Inspired by the 1979 film by John Carpenter, Halloween is played from a side-view perspective of the two-story house where you are babysitting. The goal is to move through the 16 rooms of the house, avoiding the killer and leading the five children to safety. Children are rescued by standing over the them and pressing the fire button. Once in your care, you can lead them to the far left or right rooms in the house, which are "safe" rooms. Once there, press the fire button and they will escape, earning you points.
To escape the killer, the you can use doorways located around the house. Doorways in middle rooms will skip the baby-sitter two rooms ahead, and the doors located at the ends of the house will take the baby-sitter to the other floor. The upper floor is prone to blackouts due to poor wiring.
You can also turn the tables on the killer by finding the knife somewhere in the house and stabbing him. He will run away when stabbed, and you will earn additional points. Once the knife is used, it will disappear and reappear somewhere else in the house. Stab the killer twice to advance to the next level. Children may not be led to safety while you are carrying the knife.
You start the game with three babysitters, represented by pumpkins located on the top of the screen. ~ Michael Schwartz/Joan Dykman, All Game Guide