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Description

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.

Screenshots

Ghosts 'N Goblins DOS High scores
Ghosts 'N Goblins Arcade Without armor
Ghosts 'N Goblins Arcade Flying imp and splitting plant
Ghosts 'N Goblins Amiga Title screen

Promo Images

Ghosts 'N Goblins Screenshot
Ghosts 'N Goblins Screenshot
Ghosts 'N Goblins Screenshot
Ghosts 'N Goblins Screenshot

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Makai-mura" -- Japanese title
  • "Ghosts 'N Goblins MOBILE" -- Android/iPhone/iPad title
  • "Ghosts & Goblins" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Ghost 'N Goblins" -- NES European title

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User Reviews

The legendary difficulty of this title is balanced by great gameplay NES J. P. Gray (111)
Rescue your beloved from the legions of hell Amiga *Katakis* (38325)
Quite O.K. port for the Amstrad CPC. Kinda too hard and cut off though.. Amstrad CPC Optimus (80)
An excellent Capcom platform game with a few cool features Arcade *Katakis* (38325)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 95 out of 100 95
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GamingEvolution Game Boy Advance 2004 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1989 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1989 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NES Times NES Mar 27, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 69 out of 100 69
1UP! NES Dec 17, 2001 53 out of 100 53
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
US Release for the C64. 1 Edwin Drost (198)
Mar 24, 2017
Wonderswan version should be split 2 Terok Nor (23940)
Nov 30, 2012
C16 port - split entry? 1 Rola (7743)
Aug 23, 2012

Trivia

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.

Sales

According to publisher Capcom, Ghosts 'N Goblins has sold 1.64 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

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.

Awards

  • 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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