App description: Can you brave the haunted house that is holding your sister hostage? Grab your slingshot and step into this roguelike adventure for your chance to become a legend.

TA Plays House of the Lost - The closest thing to iOS Spelunky -

"House of the Lost Mini is a game where no two play sessions feel exactly alike...": 148 apps
== Not compatible with iPhone 4 or older ==

Your sister has been lured inside the House of the Lost, a haunted mansion that constantly changes itself to bind anyone that wanders inside. You'll need to explore every corner of this haunted house for items and weapons to give yourself a chance to survive.

Craft new weapons like flamethrowers, firework launchers, nail guns, and laser swords.

Blast through zombies, one-eyed monsters, evil clowns, ghosts, and finally the house itself on your quest to save your sister, and all the other lost children.

House of the Lost will challenge you like no other action-adventure rogue like on the App Store!


Each time you play House of the Lost you'll experience a different set of levels and challenges. Enemies will change, map layouts will be different, and the House will test you at every turn.

You'll need great weapons if you're going to survive this adventure and it will be up to you to create them. Combine weapons and items you find along the way to make crazy new weapons to aid you in your quest.

The zombies, monsters and ghosts that haunt these halls are deadly enough but nothing will be able to prepare you for the boss battles that await.

You'll find four different environments within the house that all have their own challenges and boss to face.

Walk through walls, track down clues, and do your best to unlock the secrets of the House. It may be your only chance at survival.

Think you're the best player around? Track your completion time and high score on the Game Center leader boards. If exploration is more your thing then you can try to seek out all the achievements that the House has to offer.

Additional levels and environments will keep the gameplay fresh and new secret bosses will keep you searching the haunted halls of the House for months to come.

Brandon Pollet's comments:
House of the Lost Mini is now available in NZ! It will be working its way across the world today and when it hits your country you can grab it for the low, low price of FREE!

House of the Lost Mini brings the hardcore roguelike gameplay of House of the Lost to the iPhone. It includes all the great randomized levels, weapon crafting, loot, and challenge of the original and we've also incorporated a new directional shooting control scheme ( that you can turn on in the settings menu ) which makes the game play more like Binding of Isaac than Zelda.

Again, the game is free to download and there is one IAP after level 2 that unlocks the full game for $1.99

Also, as of today, we know of no one outside of F5 that has completed the game ( out of thousands who have played on iPad, Kindle, and Nook). Make sure you're connected to GameCenter when you play in case you are the first.

Once you check it out let me know what you think in the comments.

iPad version Gameplay

iTunes Link [NZ]:
02-20-2013, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Brandon Pollet View Post
This is for the IPhone 4S and above. We've found that the iPhone 4 generation devices just don't have the performance. We're continuing to work on optimizing it for the 4 but we didn't want to make 4s and 5 owners wait.

The very first line of the app description states that the game isn't recommended for iPhone 4 owners.
Thanks to you, oooooomonkey, and bramblett05 for clarifying. I anticipate the performance will be fair on my iPod 5G and at least the initialy download is free if anyone is unsure.

02-20-2013, 01:57 PM
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Actually this reminds me of bit Dungeon.

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02-20-2013, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
Actually this reminds me of bit Dungeon.
I was reminded of bit Dungeon by the screenshots also; which is a good thing. Hopefully House of the Lost Mini will not disappoint.
02-20-2013, 11:15 PM
I actually hadn't seen Bit Dungeon before. I'll have to check it out!

House of the Lost Mini is out now everywhere. Let me know what you think!
02-21-2013, 02:54 AM
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I really like House of the Lost Mini so far. It's challenging with a great theme. Hooefully it doesn't get too eclipsed by all the large releases this week.
02-21-2013, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by undeadcow View Post
I was reminded of bit Dungeon by the screenshots also; which is a good thing. Hopefully House of the Lost Mini will not disappoint.
Actually, it might.

Game is seriously bugged for me. Walking through a door a second or third time makes the character sometimes get stuck at some hidden border behind the door and you'll have to restart the game. No way to get him released. Happens to me every second try. The game just don't switches to next room. Enemies can also go there and get stuck. You can't pass them then and mostly can't defeat them, but they kill you.
Sadly, I can't enjoy it in this state.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 02-21-2013 at 07:22 AM.
02-21-2013, 07:19 AM
Seeing as I have only an iPod touch 4g, I probably won't b downloading this based on the comments. However, I feel confident enough from what I've seen of gameplay to address a couple of things:

- It is roguelike in the sense that death is expected and permanent, and loot/layout/enemies are all randomized every time you play. It's not turn based; it's a shooter.

- The dual stick control method as well as the action puzzle room to room gameplay are actually very similar to The Binding of Isaac. If you're looking for a game to compare, that would be the closest (in my opinion).
02-21-2013, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
...Walking through a door a second or third time makes the character sometimes get stuck at some hidden border behind the door...
It's surprising the door bug wasn't worked out pre-release (maybe it's unique to 5G widescreen?). House of the Lost Mini shows some promise so hopefully the developer will continue to polish it into a better game. I really like the shooter and roguelike elements with random world generation and haunted theme. It reminds me a little bit of Zombies Ate My Neightbors (SNES era).
02-21-2013, 09:27 PM
Playing on an iPhone 4S with latest software. I've also experienced the getting trapped behind a wall/door thing. I'm also finding the controls pads a bit small to use comfortably.

Hopefully these issues will get worked out; game seems to have lots of potential.

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