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Ghosts 'N Goblins (Commodore 64)

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Ghosts 'N Goblins is a sideways scrolling action platformer spread over six levels, each of which must be completed within three minutes (or a life is lost), taking in forest, village, mountain and cavern settings with increasing difficulty.

Arthur the brave knight must rescue his beloved Princess from the Demon King Astaroth and his forces - amongst them are the various undead (ghosts, zombies), bats, ogres and goblins. Other challenges include moving platforms, ladders and water/fire hazards.

The player can walk left and right, jump, and is also equipped with a lance to use as a weapon. Getting hit by enemies causes Arthur to lose his armor and run around in his underpants, getting hit again will cause the player to lose a life. As in most games in this genre, the player can pick up power-ups such as daggers and bombs during the course of the game, giving the player greater firepower.


Ghosts 'N Goblins Commodore 64 A haunted forest
Ghosts 'N Goblins Commodore 64 There are some strange creatures inside the castle here
Ghosts 'N Goblins Commodore 64 Title screen
Ghosts 'N Goblins Commodore 64 Difficult situation

Alternate Titles

  • "魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Makaimura for WonderSwan" -- WonderSwan title
  • "Makai-mura" -- Japanese title
  • "Ghosts & Goblins" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Ghost 'N Goblins" -- NES European title

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1990 95 out of 100 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Happy Computer Sep, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82
Commodore User Jul, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Your Commodore Sep, 1986 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1989 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Jan, 2004 8 out of 10 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Wonderswan version should be split 2 Terok Nor (18430)
Nov 30, 2012
C16 port - split entry? 1 Rola (7107)
Aug 23, 2012


1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Ghosts 'n Goblins appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari ST MIDI music

The Atari ST version has a special trick. The developers programmed the MIDI interface to play the game music. If you hook a MIDI synthesizer to the ST, the game music will play over your MIDI device.

Commodore 16 version

The C16 port is even shorter than the C64 version, as it features only the two first levels, with simplified gameplay (one weapon, less enemy types). There's no music and no title screen picture.

Spectrum version

The Spectrum version does not load on Spanish +2A or +3 models, as their ROM mapping is slightly different from the UK models. An unofficial patch is available however.


  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #5 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #39 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • The Ghoul Realm (Fansite dedicated to the history of and information about Ghosts 'N' Goblins.)
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