Sinclair User

Ghouls 'N Ghosts

Author: Steve Keen
Publisher: U. S. Gold
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Sinclair User #120

Ghouls 'N Ghosts

Ghouls 'N Ghosts was a brilliant arcade coin-op, yet it's a classic example of a game that does not transfer well to the Spectrum. In fact, the game has been knocking around the home computer market for some time now and if you compare it to the competition of today, it fails dismally.

It's a simple shoot 'em up affair involving the brave deeds of a knight. The levels change throughout the game, but my prediction is that you won't get much further than the first graveyard scene. If boredom doesn't kill you frustration will. The enemy, vampires, bats and skeletons etc come at you from all angles, even out of the ground, and are extremely fast so if you miss one there's no use trying to run 'cos these guys shift it.

Don't misunderstand me if you have the ability, time and patience Ghouls 'N Ghosts could be a great game; graphics are colourful and detailed, if a little small, and sound and gameplay adequate. Unfortunately I'm no Mother Teresa and will have to let it pass, but someone out there could do a blinding sequel.

Overall Summary

Call me Farty Farty Snarf Blast, but this would make big Al choke on a bagel. It's just too hard and fast and I haven't the patience to spend all that time dying.

Steve Keen

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