Ghosts n’ Goblins (Arcade) Review

In 1985 a game came along that put skills to the limit. Being known for the sheer difficulty back then and still holds that same type of kick you in the nuts, throw a controller difficulty the be released. This game was ghosts and goblins and I hate it.

You get greeted with a nice cutscene that I have no idea what is going on in the park here. Satan steals your uh girlfriend. What the hell were they doing naked in the forest anyway?

You play as Arthur who’s primary weapon is a lance. You can also pickup different sub weapons as they drop. The knife is key here. It’s got a faster throw than the lance and you can have more on the screen.


Wait wait wait, another dragon. You have to be kidding me. First the unicorns now a dragon. As you make it to the top, you’ll face yet another two Satans. Finish it and you’ll be off to the last boss. Wait what? This weapon has not effect. Try again get a Shield? What is going on here?

It sends you back to stage four? You might as well have a giant middle finger scrolling up the screen as you have to go back a stage to pick up this weapon.

This time I’ve picked up the shield. This shield isn’t very good. It’s got the worst range out of all the weapons. The only real positive is that it blocks projectiles that the enemies throw your way.

No wonder I had such an easy time against Satan the first time around. Alright back to level five. The two Satans are even harder with this lousy shield. After about 100 attempts, I finally finished off the second Satan.

The last boss “the devil” didn’t take that many attempts to get past. You basically just have to jump backwards in order to avoid his fireball attack and hopefully get within range of the shield radius in order to get a hit in.

Come on, come on! Yes I did it! Finally I saved my girlfriend. Wait what? This room is an illusion and is a trap devised by Satan. What the heck does this mean?

Level one? You have to be kidding me. I have to do this all over again with this shield. It was bad enough to get through this with the knife. Let alone the shield.

So basically, be prepared to be brutalized over and over again. If you enjoy the type of balls hard, die over and over again type of gameplay, it might be up your alley. Personally I think you should avoid this one. The difficulty and controls make for a game that’s overly difficult.

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