Based on the classic horror series out of Japan (not the American remake), JU-ON The Grudge Haunted House Simulator (shortened as JU-ON The Grudge) is a horror game for the Nintendo Wii. Creating a story that is separate from the original films, JU-ON The Grudge creates several great ideas. But does the game pull it off? Moreover, is the game good? Despite what many other reviewers think, JU-ON: The Grudge is a really good Wii game, and one of the best film-to-game adaptations. XSEED Games, with partnership from JU-ON series creator Takashi Shimizu, have created a memorable and scary horror game. The story is a good one, with little knowledge of the films being needed to understand the plot of the game. If any knowledge from the series is a must-know, it would be the creation of the ju-on curse (which is a curse created when a person dies while furious). The story starts by following Erika, a teenager who is out walking her dog in place of her brother, who’s stuck at work. However, the dog escapes the leash and runs into a nearby factory. It is here that Erica encounters Toshio and Kayako, the two who died and became the curse. Now, according to how the curse works, the family is now entirely cursed and will most likely not survive. The games four chapters (plus one secret chapter) follow each member of the family through a terrifying scenario (with one returning for the secret chapter). Each chapter, if you know how to play, can last about 30 minutes. However, if you don’t know how to play, you have a lifeline of sorts. The gameplay is rather simple: press B to move forward, down on the control pad to move backward, and move the remote to aim. However, various things make the seemingly simple gameplay varied. Along with looking around for items, players will occasionally have to move the remote in a certain direction in a QTE or hold the remote’s cursor in a circle. These tasks get harder as the game progresses. Should you play it right, the game may only last up to 2 hours for the first 4. However, should you go back and find ALL of the hidden items, you will unlock the final level (SPOILER ALERT: It’s the house from the series). It’s easily the hardest of the bunch and will take a while. As for scares, the game can vary here. Some scares can be cheap and expected. Others… well, they can be really scary. I mentioned earlier that JU-ON The Grudge brings great ideas to the table, and that is true. Among other things, the game asks for your gender and zodiac sign as you create a save file. This is used for the second cool feature. The game tracks the amount of scares and your own level of fear during the levels. This is accomplished due to the Wii’s motion control. The game measures how much you shake the remote in fear. The third feature comes in the sound effects throughout the levels, which are actually real sounds recorded from existing buildings. This is a really good idea and it really works to add to the fear. As for the graphics, these are some of the best you will see on a Wii game. These are graphics that are best seen in 1080p or some other kind of high-definition. Should you be able to finish the game 100%, you can test yourself and your friends in the games Courage Mode, which allows you to play through the game without using a save file. Also, while in Courage Mode, a second player can connect and trigger scares. However, these can’t be activated back-to-back, but rather the scares must be charged before use. So, despite what other reviewers think and the rotten luck of film-to-game adaptations, JU-ON The Grudge Haunted House Simulator manages to be a great Wii game. Fans of the classic series (NOT the remake) and horror in general will love this game. As it is almost as cheap as a loaf of bread these days (and that’s for a copy of the game NEW), it is a must buy for any horror gamer with a Wii.