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Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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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 The infamous "go back, do it again" routine of the series.
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Amiga Watch out for the guillotine
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis a close call
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Commodore 64 King Arthur the duck

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* (37691)

The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jul 02, 2005 89 out of 100 89 Genesis Dec 31, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Power Play SuperGrafx Sep, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System 1990 7.5 out of 10 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 730 out of 1000 73
Power Play Genesis Oct, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Atari ST Feb, 1990 57 out of 100 57


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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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