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Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
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Three years have passed since Arthur defeated the Demon King Astaroth and rescued his beloved Princess Prin-Prin (see Ghosts 'N Goblins). A new villain, the Great Demon King Lucifer (Loki in some versions) has become the new leader of Ghoul Realm. While returning from a journey, Arthur sees the Princess' castle and her village under attack by Lucifer's forces. While rushing towards her beloved knight, the Princess is struck by one of Lucifer's laser beams.

Now, Arthur must venture back to the Lucifer's palace and destroy the demon in order to rescue the Princess' soul and bring her back to life! And it won't matter whether he fights in his shining armor or in his underwear alone...the bravest Knight in the land isn't going to be stopped by some monsters! Although the game starts with graveyard and marsh territory familiar from the first game, later levels are set in a tower, a mass of skeletons, and a castle.

Players progress from left to right (from bottom to top in level 3), and have to hack down the aforementioned monsters with a sword. The journey includes ledges, ladders, lava pits and slippery slopes. Different weapons can be collected, by finding suits of armor inside chests. Each of the five stages has its own setting and a final boss.


Ghouls 'N Ghosts Atari ST The starting point
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System The first boss
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Commodore 64 Boss
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Commodore 64 About to be eaten

Alternate Titles

  • "大魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ghouls 'N' Ghosts" -- European Commodore 64 + Amiga title on box
  • "Daimakaimura" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The original flagship of the Sega Genesis. Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)
This is one of my favorite games for the Genesis, let alone, my favorite game of the GNG series. Genesis Mavi Bacon (15)
An action packed challenge, even for a seasoned gamer. Great Stuff! Genesis aaron pridemore (11)
Similar to the first game, but with better music Amiga *Katakis* (37806)

The Press Says

Mean Machines Genesis Oct, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jul 02, 2005 89 out of 100 89
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Oct 08, 2002 B+ 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System May, 1991 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame Genesis Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Lens of Truth Genesis Oct 07, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 75 out of 100 75


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Ghouls 'n Ghosts appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #67 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

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