Sunday, April 09, 2017

Ghouls 'n Ghosts


Today I thought that I would entertain myself with a few games of Ghouls 'n Ghosts, a classic platformer and a fantastic Atari ST conversion by Software Creations for US Gold. However, I only ended up laughing out loud whilst I suffered numerous deaths in utter frustration! For those that have been living on another planet, this is the sequel to Ghosts 'n Goblins, another game which I'm not particularly great at. Sigh... when will I ever learn?

  

This is a beautifully crafted conversion and very close to the original with rock-solid gameplay that will take many moons to master. The visuals are lovely with smooth scrolling and superb sprites - who doesn't love it when Arthur bumps into a baddie and somehow loses his clothes? It sure doesn't make any sense but it has our 7-year old laughing her cotton socks off which is a win in my book. In fact, all sprites are beautifully drawn with gorgeous details, just look at the buzzards as a wonderful example. Musically, Ghouls 'N Ghosts features captivating tunes and some of the most memorable I've ever heard. Just listen to the first level's music. Wow, it doesn't get better than this.

  

Ghouls N Ghosts is such a difficult game but it's also an arcade classic too. It looks great, sounds incredible and offers you the chance to enjoy the most frustrating gameplay. Dare you accept this challenge? Go on...!!

LINKS

 - Floppies can be found on the Stonish website with 8BitChip having a hard disk version.
 - Hall Of Light might be for that other computer but they sure have cool maps!
 - The gorgeous chiptunes are available via SNDH Archive and SNDH Record.

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