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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 Amiga Stage 3
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Genesis Evil tentacle thing
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Amiga Putting your heavy-armored suit to good use
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Commodore 64 Stage 5

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "大魔界村" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ghouls 'N' Ghosts" -- European Commodore 64 / Amiga title
  • "Daimakaimura" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The original flagship of the Sega Genesis. Genesis Majestic Lizard (676)
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)
The greatest series just got better Arcade Katakis | カタキス (40066)

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games SuperGrafx Jun 11, 2005 98 out of 100 98
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Hobby Consolas Genesis Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Format Amiga Feb, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 82 out of 100 82
HonestGamers Genesis Jun 07, 2018 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
VideoGame Genesis Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 30 out of 40 75
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 44 out of 100 44

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
C64 Disk 5 Edwin Drost (1719)
Mar 31, 2017

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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