Ghosts 'N Goblins User Reviews

4.0

There's hard, and then there's just frustrating

The good:

Pretty slick production values, and at least the game isn't technically bad or anything...

The bad:

Too challenging and frustrating to play through for us mere mortals. But without that, then this would just be another mediocre, forgettable NES game. Controls are unnaturally stiff, too.

Summary:

Throughout my Neoseeker reviewing career, I've just noticed that I haven't actually done a negative review. Positive is fantastic, but sometimes, you have to show negativity so that people know where you draw the line between good and bad, and the game I'm reviewing isn't even bad by any stretch of the imagination... just not very fun, and in the end, fun is all that matters when playing a video game. If it's not the insane difficulty, it's the sheer mediocrity that holds this game back.

The story is that King Arthur and Princess Prin Prin are out on a picnic in a graveyard. Then suddenly, o...

5.2

The devil and his servant – masochistic gameplay

Summary:

I tried to steer clear of this game for a number of years, mostly because it was too damn hard. Everything was out to kill you, and you didn’t have much going for you, except 2 hit points and a never ending supply of lances. The odds were certainly stacked against you, and all you had were your wits and reflexes... Okay, seriously, this is pretty overrated. It’s not a bad game and it's worth playing, don’t get me wrong, but that’s because of the difficulty. Take that out, and you got yourself an average platformer that wouldn’t last too long in your collection.

Story: One day, Arthur and the...

5.8

This game is terribly hard to the point of being unfair with a sadistic design and just loves to rub it in.

The good:

Gameplay (difficulty aside) is quite enjoyable and a simple concept to grasp (not to me, but more for other people); easy on the eyes; (jumping aside) the controls are passable and the scheme is of the typical NES platfomer sort.

The bad:

Unfairly hard; jumping is quite stiff; sound effects get very annoying; soundtrack is lackluster at best; no passwords/saves.

Summary:

Detailed Summary:
One day a week ago, I was looking through my NES collection and found this game. I remember it was so damn frustrating and hard with a very sadistic game design, so naturally I didn't like it. So anyway, I plugged my NES into the TV, put the game in and played it. At 3 years old I hated this game with a firey passion and at 16 years old, I still can't stand to play this game. It is a very hard game, one of the hardest games I've ever played to be exact, but for all the wrong reasons. Games like Megaman, Contra, Battletoads, etc were all hard but at least you had a chance to...

5.0

So frustrating and difficult it's scary

The good:

Lots of action. Good graphics and backgrounds.

The bad:

Very high difficulty level. Poor controls and sounds. No passwords/game saves.

Summary:

Based on the arcade game, Ghosts N' Goblins puts you in the middle of quite a nightmare. Your fair maiden has been kidnapped and you must guide the brave knight Arthur through the graveyards, forests, castles, and other terrains and strike down the undead evils to save her.
The graphics can best be described as crude. They're decent but the frame rate seems to be too fast and some of the animations appear quite choppy. The backgrounds do have some nice details, though, as do enemies, especially bosses. Sound effects are OK, but there really isn't a whole lot and the music, while creepy, gets...

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