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DescriptionGhosts '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 loose his armor and run around in his underpants, getting hit again and the player will 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.
- "魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
- "Makaimura for WonderSwan" -- WonderSwan title
- "Makai-mura" -- Japanese title
- "Ghosts & Goblins" -- Alternate spelling
- "Ghost 'N Goblins" -- NES European title
Part of the Following Groups
- Classic NES / Famicom Mini / NES Classics releases
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Ghost 'N Goblins series
- Video games turned into board / card games
The Press Says
|Daily Radar||Game Boy Color||2000||100|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Jul, 1986||95 out of 100||95|
|IGN||Game Boy Color||Jan 25, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|Happy Computer||Commodore 64||Sep, 1986||86 out of 100||86|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Nov, 1989||86 out of 100||86|
|CU Amiga||Amiga||Jul, 1990||70 out of 100||70|
|NES Times||NES||Mar 27, 2006||7 out of 10||70|
|Portable Review||Game Boy Color||Aug 27, 2006||25 out of 40||62|
|All Game Guide||Game Boy Color||2000||60|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Amiga||Sep, 1990||4 out of 12||33|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Wonderswan version should be split||2||Terok Nor (17704)
Nov 30, 2012
|C16 port - split entry?||1||Rola (6430)
Aug 23, 2012
Atari ST MIDI musicThe 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 versionThe 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 versionThe 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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