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Ghosts'n Goblins (1985)

Makaimura (original title)

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September 1985 (Japan)  »

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Satan always shows up when you're putting moves on your girl in the cemetery
16 July 2013 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

This game was sort of a childhood favorite of mine. I say sort of, because it also was a torturous, taunting nightmare of a game also. The game was brutally difficult...though that is sort of the norm for a game on the Nintendo system. A side scrolling game that is rather unforgiving; however, not as unforgiving as other games because this one allowed you to get hit once before you died getting hit the second time. The game was pretty much an arcade game first, so it is on the short side (though they make you go through the game twice) so it has all these ways to get extra points. Never was a big point fan, other than the Atari, it was kind of pointless...ha ha, get it!?!

The story has you as a knight. He is called Sir Arther, I think. Could be wrong, but what real difference does it make? He is the dude that is going to fight through hordes upon hordes of murderous zombies, dragons, Satan, devils and unicorns...seriously, why did they not call that thing a cyclops? Why must he fight these creatures of the dark world, you ask? Well, apparently he and his girl were about to make out in the local cemetery, when a Satan should appear and abduct the girl! Now, the hero or Arther if you will, must fight through the cemetery, fight through a haunted town and finally venture into the underworld itself to rescue the damsel in distress.

The game is pretty standard for the time period. It did something novel in that if your character gets hit once his armor is knocked off, hit again he is reduced to bones. Other than that it is a go to the left or right and kill everything that gets in your way. You have weapon upgrades, but the best advice anyone can give you is avoid all, but the knife. The knife is the best weapon and without it, your quest becomes even more insanely difficult than it already is with it. Granted, you have to pick up a shield and use it for the final battle, but that knife is the weapon to put you into position to do it. The game has a vast array of enemies to fight; however, a disappointment for me is the lack of variety when it comes to the bosses at the end of the stage. Level 2's boss is simply two level one bosses, level 3 and 4 has the same boss and the level 6 boss is two level 5 bosses.

So the game is hard, but it is winnable. It takes a lot of skill and a good deal of luck, but it is by no means impossible. Honestly, the driving stages in Battletoads caused me more grief and headaches than this game. Level one is a standard first level being somewhat basic to beat with an easy boss. Level 2 is a bit long, but once again nothing all that impossible to get through. The third stage is somewhat hard thanks to the red demons that are positioned in area that make them difficult to avoid when they begin their assault. The fourth stage is the easiest as it is short and the boss is laid out in a way making him ripe for the picking. Stage five is once again an easy stage, however level six is a nightmare! The way some enemies are positioned is quite irritating and very annoying! The final battle though is a breeze. Just be prepared to venture through the game twice to get the really awesome ending...I'm being sarcastic when I describe the ending.

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