Ghosts 'n Goblins is a competent PC port of one of the best side-scrollers ever made. You play Arthur, noble knight (apparently before he was crowned King of Britain) on a trek through haunted lands to rescue his fair maiden Guinevere, who was kidnapped by the demon of Hades. The game is one of CAPCOM's most famous side-scrollers on the arcade, so this PC version stays true to the straightforward gameplay: plod from left to right, lobbing spears at wave after wave of zombies, ghosts, goblins, demons and other supernatural beings. You wear a suit of armor that protects you from a single hit, so you will die after two consecutive hits if you can't manage to recover. |
Ghosts 'n Goblins has always been known as one of the hardest games around, and this PC port is no exception. You'll be attacked from every side, and you can't throw weapons upward. The challenge gets even worse at the end of the game, when you have to return to the very beginning to start over, at a harder level of difficulty. Yup, you have to beat the game twice to actually complete it. Talk about a cheap shot.
Overall, Ghosts 'n Goblins is a faithful PC port of classic game that fans of the arcade should take a look at. It's obviously not an ideal version, due to the limitations of the EGA palette and austere PC speaker sounds, but the fluid animations and frustrating (but fun) gameplay are left intact. Recommended!Reviewed by: Underdogs