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Ghouls 'N Ghosts (SEGA Master System)

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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 SEGA Master System Going Vertical
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System I'm old!
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System Title Screen
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System Fighting in golden armour

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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The Press Says

Defunct Games Jul 02, 2005 89 out of 100 89
The Video Game Critic Oct 08, 2002 B+ 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Mean Machines Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
VideoGame Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 Sep 21, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 1990 7.5 out of 10 75
Retroguiden Jan 30, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Mar, 1991 38 out of 100 38
Power Play May, 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

Satoshi Kunsai (1813) added Ghouls 'N Ghosts (SEGA Master System) on Mar 15, 2003
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