Ghosts 'n Goblins

Ghosts 'n Goblins

Ghosts 'n Goblins

Choose your difficulty; hard, harder or hardest.

Ghosts 'n Goblins (or Makaimura in Japan) is a strange beast. It's a wholly unforgiving and fist-shakingly difficult game that allows the casual player to see no more than the first few levels. Even a seasoned gamer would be hard pressed to complete it without pumping a large number of coins into the slot; effectively buying their way to the final bos. So how has such a gruelling game become so iconic? Why are we still going back to it 20 years on?

The answer is quite simple really. The game is fair. This means that although you're likely to use many expletives whilst playing, you always get the "I'll beat you next time" feeling as Sir Arthur crumples into a pile of bones for the 14th time.

Controlling our knightly hero, you must first run through a cemetery despatching the many zombies rising from the dirt using your trusty lance. Other weapons are available, but woe betide anyone who picks up the Flaming Torch, which makes your task all the more troublesome with its pitiful throwing distance. Take a hit from one of the demonic creatures and poor Arthur is stripped of him shiny armour and forced to run around in his underwear (which as any school kid who has ever forgotten their gym kit will know is the ultimate humiliation).

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