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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 ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Hobgoblin ZX Spectrum Starting out
Hobgoblin ZX Spectrum A skeleton attacks
Hobgoblin ZX Spectrum Stand on the rock and try to time your jumps to the arrows. Or, you could just walk below "Robin Hood" here.

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Sinclair User Oct, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Your Sinclair Sep, 1991 59 out of 100 59
Crash! 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.
Игги Друге (46434) added Hobgoblin (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 20, 2014
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