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Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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ZX Spectrum
Atari ST
SEGA Master System
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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 SEGA Master System No Armour
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis Evil tentacle thing
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis Wait a minute, this isn't Jumpman?
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System Vertically scrolling stage

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* (37801)

The Press Says

Hobby Consolas Genesis Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Player One Genesis Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Oct 08, 2002 B+ 83
VideoGame Genesis Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Sep 21, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Amiga 1990 57 out of 100 57
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 44 out of 100 44


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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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