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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 SuperGrafx The sword is short-ranged but very powerful
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Atari ST I died
Ghouls 'N Ghosts SEGA Master System The first boss
Ghouls 'N Ghosts Sharp X68000 Option mode

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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 (673)
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 (39521)

Critic Reviews SuperGrafx Jan, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Games Preview Genesis Aug, 1989 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Shin Force Genesis Jun 27, 2016 9 out of 10 90
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 30 out of 40 75 Commodore 64 Jan, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1992 67 out of 100 67
64'er Commodore 64 1991 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Amiga 1990 57 out of 100 57


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C64 Disk 5 Edwin Drost (1719)
Mar 31, 2017


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.


  • 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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