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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 Crawling
Ghosts 'N Goblins Arcade Flying knights
Ghosts 'N Goblins Amiga "What is that horrible thing ahead of me?"
Ghosts 'N Goblins Amstrad CPC Title

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

Rescue your beloved from the legions of hell Amiga *Katakis* (37809)
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)

The Press Says

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Defunct Games Wii Jan 11, 2011 B+ 83
PC Powerplay BREW Jun, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Sep, 1986 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1990 790 out of 1000 79
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Mag'64 Wii Oct 28, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Video Game Den NES Jun 03, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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