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Ghostbusters

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 2600
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3.6
ZX Spectrum
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4.1
Atari 8-bit
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4.5

User Reviews

Let me know when we get to twenty. I’m gonna throw up. NES Adzuken (702)
Some Games You Just Have A Soft Spot For. Apple II Guy Chapman (1745)
Not as bad as some people may make you think... NES leon101 (63)
May be worse than the NES version? ---UPDATE--- Amstrad CPC Wertzui (174)
Who ya gonna call? Commodore 64 OlSkool_Gamer (99)
You want to be a Ghostbuster? PC Booter Kees Cook (30)
A cool little game, especially if your a fan of the movie... NES Cormana6868 (16)
suprisingly fun PC Booter Andrew Carter (9)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 8 3.8
Apple II 10 4.0
Atari 2600 12 3.6
Atari 8-bit 10 4.5
Commodore 64 41 3.8
MSX 7 4.0
NES 32 2.2
PC Booter 20 3.7
SEGA Master System 21 3.6
ZX Spectrum 12 4.1
Combined MobyScore 173 3.5


The Press Says

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100
Commodore 64TeleMatch
Haben Sie etwa Angst vor Geistern? Schaudert Sie es bei knarrenden Dielen? — Dann ist “Ghostbusters“ nichts für Sie! Hier geht es nämlich wahrhaft gespenstisch zu. Hämisch kichernde Geister, die durch die integrierte Sprachausgabe überaus realistisch klingen, versprechen schon beim Auftakt ein schaurig-schönes Spielvergnügen ganz nach unserem Geschmack.
85
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
On the whole it's a jolly game. Sega have added quite a bit to the old Activision game, and you'll certainly be hooked until you can at least afford to start with the best equipment. The graphics are fine and colourful, but I must warn you about the awful music. Still, if your TV has a volume control that works, there's every likelihood that bustin' will make you feel very good indeed.
83
MSXTilt
Le dernier succès de David Crane superbement adapté pour M.S.X. La musique déménage, les chasseurs de fantômes aussi ! C'est un jeu d'action de la nouvelle génération, à plusieurs tableaux vraiment différents, avec stratégie.
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
The graphics here are rather nice and particular note has to go to brilliant POKEY rendition of the classic theme tune. This game is an absolute must for fans of the movie and is also a pretty decent little game in its own right too.
80
SEGA Master SystemneXGam
Insgesamt gesehen ist Ghostbusters für mich ganz klar einer der Top-Hits auf dem Master System. Selten hat man Spielspaß und zugkräftige Filmlizenz so hervorragend kombiniert in einem Modul vorgefunden. Hervorragendes Game rund um die Geisterjäger - wenn ihr es irgendwo seht und noch ein Master System euer Eigen nennt dann greift zu!
80
Commodore 64Personal Computer Games
The presentation and initial impact of this program are unbelievable. The music and speech could hardly be bettered. And small touches, like the way you use a fork-lift to lad your car, are so slick it is unreal. The game itself might not work, were it not for the fact that it succeeds so well in recreating the feel of the film.
80
Atari 2600Digital Press - Classic Video Games
I wanted to be a Ghostbuster after seeing the film for the first time, and Ghostbusters helped me live out that fantasy. There were other versions of this game released, for the NES, Sega Master System, and various personal computers. Sega also released a Ghostbusters game for the Genesis, but even though Activision is credited in the opening credits, the two games are entirely different. Out of all of them, the VCS version is the one I keep coming back to. Maybe it's the nostalgia, maybe it's because it's the easiest to play out of all of them - I'm not sure. All I know is that I find the game to be incredibly fun, and if you're a Ghostbusters fan, then there's a very good chance you will too.
80
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame
O grande segredo deste jogo é comprar os itens certos, antes de iniciar a caçada. Dois dos equipamentos indispensáveis são o "ghost trap" (armadilha) e o "ghost bite" (para evitar que os fantasmas amarelos se transformem no Homem de Marshmallow). Você começa o jogo com um crédito em dinheiro para comprar material, e para ganhar mais é preciso capturar fantasmas.
75
SEGA Master SystemDefunct Games
Overall, I enjoyed Ghostbusters. The initial goals are a little vague, and the gameplay probably doesn't suit anyone, but I'd still recommend you give the game a try. Just don't cross the streams!
73
SEGA Master SystemGame Freaks 365
Ghostbusters is without a doubt a core title in the early days of the Master System and one that every SMS collector should own. Fans of the Ghostbusters (or The Real Ghostbusters cartoon) will definitely enjoy this. Plus, for you collectors out there, there's a re-release version of this that came out in 1990. Good luck finding that one. Anyway, to conclude, this title is so much better than the NES version and leagues beyond the Atari 2600 version, which really made me happy. I always hated the other two and wanted to get through them, but through poor programming and bad mechanics it was sometimes impossible to get anywhere because you got too pissed off. It's not necessarily a perfect game to begin with, but Sega did a great job altering it and making it as best as possible.
70
SEGA Master SystemPixel-Heroes.de
Als Fazit kann ich nur sagen, dass das Spiel wirklich viel besser ist, als der erste Blick vermuten lässt. Wenn man erst mal im Geisterwahn ist, wird man auch einige Runden am Stück zocken. Einen Stil-Mix wie hier habe ich meines Wissens nach bisher auf keinem anderen Master System-Modul gehabt - Geschicklichkeit, Autorennen, Jump´n´run und Action, alles drin. Das Modul gibt es in der Regel sehr günstig (auch mit Anleitung). Also trotz diverser kleiner Mängel eine klare Kaufempfehlung!
70
NESNES Player
If you like Ghostbusters, you should definitely give this game a whirl. Even if you don't, I recommend this game. It is truly one of a kind, and I can honestly say I have never seen another game with a design even remotely close to this.
60
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Diejenigen, die den Film nicht gesehen haben, sollten das Modul mit Vorsicht genießen. Es ist nämlich nicht jedermans Sache, ein klobiges Auto durch eine lieblos gezeichnete Stadt zu fahren und zwischendurch kleine flimmernde Geister-Farbkleckse einzufangen. Den Spielspaß macht allerdings weniger der Actionteil aus, sondern vielmehr die Strategie-Elemente. Wie komme ich am schnellsten zum befallenen Haus und hab‘ ich dann überhaupt noch freie Geisterkäfige? Dazu kommt die Ohrwurm-Musik des Films von Ray Parker jr. Mir als Ghostbusters-Fan bringt‘s Spaß; andere sollten das betagte Modul erst mal anspielen.
52
SEGA Master SystemSegaFan.com
La sensación que deja este Ghostbusters tras acabarlo es una especie de "¿y eso es todo?". Todas las partes del juego, las de conducción, las salidas a emergencias e incluso en enfrentamiento con el enemigo final, son muy simples no hay "chicha" en ninguna de ellas lo que cercena la duración del cartucho de forma dramática. No cabe duda que el basarse en una licencia de Activision diseñada originalmente para plataformas inferiores en todos los aspectos a la 8 bits de Sega ha influido en esto, pero tampoco puede servir de pretexto para servir a los usuarios un título con ciertas virtudes (el concepto es bueno y dentro de lo que cabe, entretenido) pero con severísimas taras producto de una no adecuación al potencial de la consola.
40
NESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Probably any kid who grew up around the early 80's was exposed to the classic Ivan Reitman film and was also sucked into thinking this game was a classic. It's not. While the variety of gameplay modes keep things from getting too repetitive, but since each of these are uninspired, why bother? The repetitive music is the final breaking point that makes this one more nostalgic than entertaining.
31
NESJust Games Retro
Ghostbusters, that 80's classic film that was the highest grossing comedy for a long time - you might have heard of it - follows the antics of four scientists as they clean Manhattan from a sudden surge of paranormal activity. The game has taken that concept and run with it. People who actually read this site will recognize my generally piqued interest for games that try to do something unique. Ghostbusters forges this difficult path, choosing to forego the expected quickie side scroller (which they DID for Ghostbusters II). The result is something that you could best describe as a Ghostbusters RPG. Unfortunately, a prominent little difficulty issue causes the game to kick itself square in the nards, and combined with some other serious problems, pretty much ruin any enjoyment you might have taken home.
30
Amstrad CPCCPC Game Reviews
Save New York and the entire world from a disaster of biblical proportions in this spin-off from the hit film. Ghosts are converging on the evil Temple Of Zuul and the only way to stop them is by forming your own ghostbusting franchise with which you must make more money than you started with. Only after this and much ghost killing can you reach the final confrontation at the top of the temple. This is quite a poor game with crude graphics and annoying gameplay and although the music (including speech) is good, it is nothing more than an excuse to cash in on the film.
25
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
It looks great on paper, but playing the game is a repetitive exercise that usually ends in frustration. You spend most of the time staring at your hearse driving down a featureless road. Even wrangling ghosts becomes monotonous since there's minimal strategy involved. After about a half-hour the giant marshmallow man finally appears to unleash his destruction. You'll need to quickly hit the "B" button on the keyboard to "bait" him. That's inconvenient, considering you've been just using the joystick up to that point. Next thing you know, you're staring at the "better luck next time" screen. By that time, you may be wondering if there will be a next time.
25
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
I never liked any version of this game, but surprisingly, the Atari 2600 version is better than most. Ghostbusters is a streamlined adaptation of the computer game, so there's less strategy, minimal setup, and more action.
22
SEGA Master SystemThe Games Machine (UK)
Ghostbusters is an old and simple game anyway, but with poor graphics and sound, and worse gameplay, you won't wanna call Sega's Ghostbusters.
10
NESHonestGamers
Those who enjoy crappy Nintendo games will think that Ghostbusters is the second coming, but everyone else will want to steer clear of this slimy 8-bit corpse. Just bury the wretched thing and let it rest in peace.
0
SEGA Master SystemThe Video Game Critic
This is probably the best version I've ever seen of this ghastly game. The title screen opens with a "follow-the-bouncing-ball" Ghostbusters sing along. Is it just me, or is this rendition WAY off key?? The game itself contains elements I haven't seen in other versions: buildings lining the roads, traffic in the streets, more ghosts, more items, and a continue feature. You can even see the gatekeeper and keymaster wandering around the town. Most of the graphics are good, but the ghosts look like big, floating bananas. And all the eye-candy in the world can't save the weak, repetitive gameplay. The theme song plays non-stop, and it will drive you nuts. Like all the other versions of this game, this one is a turkey.
0
NESThe Video Game Critic
It's hard to believe that David Crane, the genius behind the original Pitfall, came up with this sorry excuse for a game. Ghostbusters was a classic movie that should have made for a decent video game, but this thing is a colossal bore. For starters, you'll first need to raise money before you can even begin to do anything worthwhile. This involves driving down endless roads dodging cars and collecting items. Even the Ghostbusters theme gets old after hearing it loop a few times. By the time you actually start capturing ghosts, you begin to realize it wasn't even worth the effort.