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Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Genesis)

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Description

Three years have passed since Arthur defeated the Demon King Astaroth and rescued his beloved Princess Prin-Prin (see Ghosts 'N Goblins). A new villain, the Great Demon King Lucifer (Loki in some versions) has become the new leader of Ghoul Realm. While returning from a journey, Arthur sees the Princess' castle and her village under attack by Lucifer's forces. While rushing towards her beloved knight, the Princess is struck by one of Lucifer's laser beams.

Now, Arthur must venture back to the Lucifer's palace and destroy the demon in order to rescue the Princess' soul and bring her back to life! And it won't matter whether he fights in his shining armor or in his underwear alone...the bravest Knight in the land isn't going to be stopped by some monsters! Although the game starts with graveyard and marsh territory familiar from the first game, later levels are set in a tower, a mass of skeletons, and a castle.

Players progress from left to right (from bottom to top in level 3), and have to hack down the aforementioned monsters with a sword. The journey includes ledges, ladders, lava pits and slippery slopes. Different weapons can be collected, by finding suits of armor inside chests. Each of the five stages has its own setting and a final boss.

Screenshots

Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis The Game Map
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis really big choppy thing
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis Evil tentacle thing
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis That's the last time I come here!

Alternate Titles

  • "大魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ghouls 'N' Ghosts" -- European Commodore 64 + Amiga title on box
  • "Daimakaimura" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The original flagship of the Sega Genesis. Majestic Lizard (655) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
This is one of my favorite games for the Genesis, let alone, my favorite game of the GNG series. Mavi Bacon (15) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
An action packed challenge, even for a seasoned gamer. Great Stuff! aaron pridemore (11) unrated

The Press Says

Mean Machines Oct, 1990 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Oct 12, 1999 A- 91
Player One Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Sega-16.com Sep 24, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 31, 2011 17 out of 20 85
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Feb 01, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Lens of Truth Oct 07, 2009 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Oct, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Sega Collectors Guild Aug 18, 2005 59 out of 100 59

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #67 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

Satoshi Kunsai (1816) added Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Genesis) on Jun 10, 2002
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