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Ghouls 'N Ghosts

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
Sharp X68000
Amstrad CPC
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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 Amstrad CPC Stage 1
Ghouls 'N Ghosts ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Amstrad CPC Stay away from that guillotine
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Amiga Boss

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* (37494)

The Press Says Genesis Jan, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun Genesis Sep, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Mag'64 Wii Sep 30, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 64 out of 100 64
Power Play Amiga 1990 57 out of 100 57
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 38 out of 100 38


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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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