Ghouls 'n Ghosts

• Publisher: US Gold
• Developer:
Soft. Creations
Release Date: 1989
Code: Stephen Ruddy
GFX: Andrew Threlfall
Music: Tim Follin

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 96%
Our Game Rating: 89%

FILE: ghoulsandghostsend.zip


> GHOULS 'N GHOSTS by Software Creations / Capcom

• Completed by Frank Gasking and Vinny Mainolfi
• Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Both Frank Gasking (of Games That Weren't fame) and I have completed this game but had two different types of snapshots; the difference being, mine had just the last 'congratulations' screen, and Frank's had the sequence with Arthur the Knight running to the final exit (see screenshots below).

I was never impressed with this game and only played it when my next door neighbour brought an original copy around to me way back in 1989. I personally thought it looked dated (especially the first level); it wasn't a patch on Ghost & Goblins and so I didn't bother playing through the rest of the game.

I finally played through the whole of the game but on a Sega Megadrive (Genesis), which compared to the Commodore 64 is FAR FAR SUPERIOR (obviously).

Anyway, I have recently played the C64 version right through and decided that it was a worthy game to play and justified a space in my collection (",). So here's the ending ...

Frank makes a point of showing us all the COMPLETE end sequence.

Arthur the Knight has the key and heads for the final exit.

PHEW! Made it!

And now the final 'congratulations' screen that I originally had in
the offline archive.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: As I mentioned above, I actually played through the whole of the game. What I failed to mention that I used and INFINITE LIVES & SPRITE COLLISION cheat, along with speeding up the emulator to 250%!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: As you can see from the screens above, Arthur the Knight collects the final key to his quest and makes a dash (on his own accord) for the final exit.

Once he gets there, the screen flicks to the above 'CONGRATULATIONS' screen and the game comes to an end.

Tim Follin excels himself with a fine piece of atmospheric game ending music (",).

COMMENTS: To be totally honest, the game ending is really only the final screen shot above. It's an 'okay' ending, but could have done with a hi-res ending picture and some animation - the music is cool.

FINAL SAY: Still worth a look (",).

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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Copyright İVinny Mainolfi