Written by  :  Katakis | カタキス (39520)
Written on  :  Mar 17, 2006
Platform  :  Amiga
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Rescue your beloved from the legions of hell

The Good

In Ghosts 'n Goblins, you are the legendary King Arthur who is having a picnic with your beloved Princess Prin-Prin. Suddenly, a huge demon emerges from his castle and, for no reason, decides to steal her from you. You put on your shining armor and go after him. This will not be an easy task as Arthur needs to slay zombies and other legions of hell that get in your way using a series of weapons, including the lance, dagger, flaming torch, axe, and shield (or crucifix). Depending on what weapon you use, some of these weapons can take more damage to enemies. You start the game with a crap weapon, but you can get better weapons along the way, if you destroy the sack that some enemies carry.

There is one feature that is missing from other early games. GNG gives you a second chance at trying to complete all six levels without touching any enemy. You normally wear your suit all the time unless you touch an enemy or you are shot at. You don't die, but instead, lose your suit. If you get touched a second time, you turn into a skeleton. This feature means that unless you are bad at playing games, it is likely that you get to the restart point – the point where the game lets you continue from where you died.

The Amiga version looks and plays exactly like the coin-op version. You see, besides the fact that you can use the five weapons available in the original game, you have to go through graveyards, forests, ice palaces, villages, and castles. Get through all these locations and you get to fight the final boss and save the princess. The graphics are about as clear as the original version, although they look a bit brighter. Also, when you die, the game presents you with a map, indicating the distance you must travel in order to complete the game. The bosses that you defeat at the end of the levels are drawn nicely. I especially liked the flying demon at the end of level five.

The music is a real pleasure to listen to, especially in the later levels. I have played the coin-op version two years ago, and I remembered it quite well. It had you playing all six levels twice before you can actually rescue your girlfriend. The Amiga version, though, has you completing all the levels just once before you are declared victorious.

The Bad

For an eighties game, GNG is a bit difficult. Every now and then, you will find yourself falling down into hazards like fire or off the edge of the screen if you mis-time your jumps. In the first level, zombies have the tenancy to rise up from the ground at the spot where you are at, making sure that you lose your suit immediately. The only way not to let this happen is if you keep moving and don't stop.

The Bottom Line

Ghosts 'n Goblins is a classic game where you go through six levels in order to rescue the princess. Zombies and other enemies get in your way, but you can use up to five weapons, although only one can be carried at a time. However, the less effective the weapon, the more damage that enemies can take. As I mentioned above, the Amiga version looks and plays exactly like the coin-op version, including the game's interface, graphics, and sound. Unlike other games, GNG gives you a second chance at completing the level without taking damage. If you are looking for a decent coin-op conversion of GNG, then check out the Amiga version.