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Zanock, the only son of the king of Altoris, must cross the swamps of the hobgoblins to bring back the stolen Golden Orb, which has thus far kept the kingdom of Altoris safe.

Hobgoblin is the BBC/Electron equivalent of Ghosts 'N Goblins. Just like the original, you play a thinly-clad man jumping around in a spooky landscape filled with monsters. And just like the original, the game is known for its high difficulty level. Killing monsters by throwing daggers at them results in bonus money or upgrades, such as hatchets, more powerful daggers, longer range or extra lives.

Technically, the game doesn't scroll on any platform, instead sticking to a flip-screen technique, which will lead to many leaps of faith and difficulties in timing jumps.


Hobgoblin Atari 8-bit A head in the ground firing at you
Hobgoblin Amstrad CPC Jumping up on the rock
Hobgoblin ZX Spectrum Game over
Hobgoblin Amstrad CPC Jumping across a wide gorge

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1991 59 out of 100 59
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1991 50 out of 100 50


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Made originally for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, which didn't receive any official port of Ghosts 'n Goblins, the game was successful enough to be ported to several other platforms. In 2008, Hobgoblin was even ported, with the blessing of the original author, to the Atari 8-bit series of computers, which never received a port back when the game was new.
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