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Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Ghouls 'N Ghosts Atari ST Time to start
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System 1st Level
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System Moldy old bones
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System Fiery 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* (37850)

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de SuperGrafx Jan, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Power Play SuperGrafx Sep, 1990 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1990 735 out of 1000 74
Retroguiden SEGA Master System Jan 30, 2014 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Wii Sep 18, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1989 7.4 out of 12 62
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 38 out of 100 38

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • November 1989 (Issue 4) - Game of the Month (Genesis version)
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Genesis Game of the Year
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Graphics in a Video Game (Genesis version)
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Best Sequel to an Existing Game (tied with Mega Man 2)
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Worst Stomach Problem in a Game (for projectile vomiting animation)
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #67 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

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