by Frank Gasking & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
"GHOST-BUSTERS ... A-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAAA". Those
infamous words that drum up a thousand retro memories
and feelings of the 1980s.
Programmer, David Crane, is truly a gaming legend and
created a masterpiece for us all to consume - and
consume we did. His gaming interpretation of the 1984
film really hit the nail on the head and allowed us all
to carry out our ghostbusting fantasies in the comfort
of our own bedrooms - presuming that your computer was
in your bedroom! So did Dave really pay
attention to fine detail, or did he allow his guard to
slip and produce a dud ...
The Marshmallow Man has
The screen pans up to
the top of the building ...
... where your two
Ghostbusters close the portal.
There it goes!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Frank supplied the game ending download, but guess what?! I didn't use the cheat to complete this
game and I can play straight through time and time again
(IT'S A MIRACLE!)
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Well, once you have got at least 2 of your Ghostbusters
passed the MARSHMALLOW MAN, the screen pans up to the
top of the building where we get to see them closing the
portal to the spirit world by firing their proton beams
at the entrance. The gate starts to close and a
trembling, "AAAARRRGGGHHHH" can be heard from the depths
of the spirit world.
The screen then displays a
'CONGRATULATIONS' message (see above screen shots)
informing you that you have closed the portal and then
telling you how much money you have acquired.
remember the feeling of TOTAL EXCITEMENT when I first
completed this game! My brother and I spent almost an
age trying to see what happens at the end, and then it
was my brother who sussed that using the BAIT was THE
most effective way of completing the game (thanks bruv). This really is a SUPERB
ending and made quite an impact on my love of game
endings back in 1984.
Brendan Phoenix: I'm going to be a little
harsh.........only a little though! Great ending for
it's time, scrolling up the top of the tower block
and the portal closing. Just feel what comes after
it is a bit of a let down - maybe that's just me
being a picky bugger! I think 9/10 slightly
overrates it. 7/10 for me.
It's a classic game
and a great ending... getting the new account number
to have more money at the start of the game is a
clever touch too. 8/10 from me.
I actually found the game a little too 'stop start' back in the day, if that makes sense, but it's still a classic and the ending rounds things off rather well.
I give it an 8, bearing in mind that it is rare for games of that vintage to have anything approaching a decent ending.
It's certainly a satisfying ending - I haven't done
it in ages, but always felt chuffed when I managed
to nip under the MM, as the sprite detection was
pixel-perfect (IIRC!) Is it a 7 or an 8? 7 for me, I
A TOTAL DELIGHT, and really cool (",)
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