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Ghosts 'N Goblins (NES)

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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 NES A demonic rockpile
Ghosts 'N Goblins NES A lower level demon appears and absconds with the hero's love
Ghosts 'N Goblins NES In need of some armor
Ghosts 'N Goblins NES Lots of moving platforms in level 4

Alternate Titles

  • "魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Makaimura for WonderSwan" -- WonderSwan title
  • "Makai-mura" -- Japanese 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 J. P. Gray (111) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Mar 10, 2000 A- 91
Zero Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
NES Fanz Dec 31, 2004 4 out of 5 80
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 28, 2011 15 out of 20 75
NES Times Mar 27, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Mar, 1989 69 out of 100 69
The DOS Spirit Feb 02, 2012 4 out of 6 67
Video Game Den Jun 03, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
1UP! Dec 17, 2001 53 out of 100 53

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Wonderswan version should be split 2 Terok Nor (18355)
Nov 30, 2012
C16 port - split entry? 1 Rola (7054)
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.

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

  • 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)

Related Web Sites

  • The Ghoul Realm (Fansite dedicated to the history of and information about Ghosts 'N' Goblins.)
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