What Is It?
Ghosts 'N Goblins is the standard story of girl meet boy, boy takes her on a picnic at night, demon kidnaps girl and boy must fight through a bunch of super hard levels ... twice. Yup, it's Ghosts 'N Goblins, the first installment in a line of games that is still with us (Asian countries can look forward to Ghosts 'N Goblins Online sometime this year). You play Arthur, a brave hero who must make his way past zombies, ice monsters, flying dragons, a Cyclops and much, much more. Fans of Arthur's exploits may remember when the 8-bit NES port was first released on the Virtual Console, now everybody can jump back in and play the game in its true arcade glory.
Does It Still Hold Up?
The Ghosts 'N Goblins franchise has always had particular controls, especially when it comes to jumping. This is not one of those games where the player has a lot of control over jump movement, so it's easy to steer poor Arthur right into the deadly water. The graphics haven't aged well, but the main game is as fun as ever. That is assuming you can wrestle the control and overcome the game's menacing difficulty.
Is It Worth The Money?
Fans of Defunct Games already know that I love the Ghosts 'N Goblins franchise, so of course I recommend the original arcade game. Unfortunately, this game hasn't held up as well as its 16-bit sequels, but that shouldn't stop you from having a great time battling zombies and running away from gargoyles. Fans that already own the NES game may want to think twice about picking it up, but everybody else should definitely make the bet on Arthur!
Fans of Defunct Games already know that I love the Ghosts 'N Goblins franchise, so of course I recommend the original arcade game. Unfortunately, this game hasn't held up as well as its 16-bit sequels, but that shouldn't stop you from having a great time battling zombies and running away from gargoyles.
This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games. This specific product, however, came straight from a PR guy for the purposes of being reviewed!