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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 ZX Spectrum The chest only contained a $§)&%(" wizard who turned us into a duck.
Ghouls 'N Ghosts ZX Spectrum Start the game or choose controls
Ghouls 'N Ghosts ZX Spectrum Highscore name entry
Ghouls 'N Ghosts ZX Spectrum Highscores

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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

There are no reviews for the ZX Spectrum release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Crash! Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Feb, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Your Sinclair Dec, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Crash! Apr, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1989 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Sinclair User Dec, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Sinclair User Feb, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Your Sinclair Apr, 1992 67 out of 100 67


Topic # Posts Last Post
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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