Ghosts 'N Goblins

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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 WonderSwan Oh, how sweeeet....
Ghosts 'N Goblins NES The bridge across lava; there is a powerful cross weapon here
Ghosts 'N Goblins Arcade Flying knights
Ghosts 'N Goblins Game Boy Color You know have the throwing axes as a weapon

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Rescue your beloved from the legions of hell Amiga *Katakis* (37874)
The legendary difficulty of this title is balanced by great gameplay NES J. P. Gray (111)
Quite O.K. port for the Amstrad CPC. Kinda too hard and cut off though.. Amstrad CPC Optimus (80)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 8.25 out of 10 82 NES Dec 28, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Electric Playground Game Boy Color Oct 18, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Mega Fun WonderSwan Oct, 1999 73 out of 100 73
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The DOS Spirit NES Feb 02, 2012 4 out of 6 67 (UK) Wii Nov 17, 2008 5 out of 10 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
Wonderswan version should be split 2 Terok Nor (19849)
Nov 30, 2012
C16 port - split entry? 1 Rola (7475)
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.


  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #68 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • 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)
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Phil King)

Related Web Sites

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