The Real Ghostbusters (Game Boy)

The Real Ghostbusters Game Boy Title screen


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The Real Ghostbusters, known as Garfield Labyrinth in Europe and Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth in Japan, is a puzzle/platform game. The story is very simple: Venkman (or Garfield and Odie or Mickey and Mini Mouse, depending on the version you play) walk over a bridge one day, a tile breaks loose and Venkman/Garfield/Mickey falls down a deep pit, which ends up in a bizarre labyrinth, which Venkman/Garfield/Mickey must escape. There's no other goal apart from that, the player just needs to find the exit in each level. Apart from getting there, the exit must also be unlocked. For the latter, the player must collect all gems in the level.

Each level contains various traps and enemies which need to be avoided. The puzzles involve finding keys to lower bridges or open doors, make use of teleporters and especially: drilling away blocks. Conveniently, the player finds a pneumatic hammer at the beginning of the game, which must be used to create paths to certain areas and items, without blocking the way forth or back. There's also an inventory to store items like keys and bombs (used to kill enemies). The protagonist has a health bar and can take several hits before losing a life, but there is also a time limit for each level.

The game features a password system, a password is given automatically after completing a level.

In spite of the differences in main character and a minor variation in the short intro cinematic all regional versions are identical.


The Real Ghostbusters Game Boy Always the same drill (Jap. version)
The Real Ghostbusters Game Boy I died.
The Real Ghostbusters Game Boy Starting level 1.
The Real Ghostbusters Game Boy I cleared stage 1. This is my password.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth" -- Japanese title
  • "ミッキーマウスIV 魔法のラビリンス" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Garfield Labyrinth" -- European release

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Video Games Jul, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun Nov, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1993 6 out of 10 60
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1993 3 out of 6 60


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Riemann80 (18953) added The Real Ghostbusters (Game Boy) on Jul 13, 2010