Ghouls 'n Ghosts

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Ghouls 'n Ghosts
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Arcade flyer
Designer(s)Tokuro Fujiwara
Shinichi Yoshimoto
Hisashi Yamamoto
Programmer(s)Hiroshi Koike
Masatsugu Shinohara
Shinichi Ueyama
Composer(s)Tamayo Kawamoto
Platform(s)Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Atari ST, CP System, Commodore 64, iOS, Master System, Sharp X68000, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, SuperGrafx, Mega Drive/Genesis, Virtual Console, ZX Spectrum
December 1988
  • NA: July 1989
  • PAL: August 19, 1990
Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP: October 29, 1989
  • NA: September 1989
  • EU: November 30, 1990
  • JP: July 27, 1990
Master System
March 1990
iOS, Android
March 17, 2017
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer
Arcade systemCPS-1
SoundAmplified Mono
DisplayRaster, standard resolution, horizontal orientation

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Japanese: 大魔界村, Hepburn: Daimakaimura, lit. Great Demon World Village) is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Capcom and released as an arcade game in 1988, and subsequently ported to a number of other platforms. It is the sequel to Ghosts 'n Goblins and the second game in the Ghosts 'n Goblins series.


Three years after the events of the last game monsters and demons have returned and a beam of light struck through Princess Prin Prin taking her soul. Now it’s up to the knight Arthur to defeat the evil Lucifer and restore the souls of Prin Prin and the people.


An example of gameplay in the arcade version.

The gameplay for Ghouls 'n Ghosts is similar to that of Ghosts 'n Goblins. The player controls the knight Arthur, who must advance through a series of eerie levels and defeat a number of undead and demonic creatures in his quest to restore all the people killed by Lucifer (Loki in the English-language Mega Drive and Master System versions), including his beloved Princess Prin Prin, back to life. Along the way, Arthur can pick up a variety of weapons and armor to help him in his quest. While the core gameplay remains the same as its predecessor, the game now allows Arthur to fire directly upward and directly downward while in mid air.

By jumping in certain spots, players can cause a treasure chest to erupt from the ground. By firing his weapon at the chest, players may uncover new weapons, gold armor or an evil magician that changes Arthur into an elderly man or a helpless duck. The gold armor allows players to charge up the weapon to release a powerful magical attack. Each weapon has its own special attack, with the exception of the special weapon (see below).


There are five levels and Lucifer's chamber at the end, considered a sixth level in itself. To defeat the game, Arthur must complete levels 1 through 5 twice. Upon completing them the first time, Arthur is taken back to level 1 again but this time a special weapon appears during the game. To enter Lucifer's chamber the player must have this special weapon equipped, and must have defeated the final Fly boss from level 5. After entering the final large door, the player goes directly to Lucifer's chamber.

Level 1 – The Haunted Graveyard (sometimes known as the Executioner's Graveyard) & The Floating Island.

Level 2 – Village of Decay & The Town On Fire.

Level 3 – Baron Rankle's Tower & The Horrible Faced Mountains.

Level 4 – The Crystal Cave & The Icy Descent.

Level 5 – Lucifer's Castle Part 1 & Lucifer's Castle Part 2.

Level 6 – Lucifer's Chamber.


The original soundtrack for the arcade version was composed by Tamayo Kawamoto. Many computer ports of the game include the soundtrack by Tim Follin which consists of arrangements and some new songs. Follin's soundtrack – especially Commodore 64, Atari ST (which both implement each machines' 'chiptune' synthesizers although the selection of pieces and some scoring differs slightly between computers) and Amiga versions (of which the playlist is again slightly different) – is respected among computer game music listeners and also gained appreciation from reviewers when the game was published.[1]

Home versions[edit]

  • Ports of Ghouls 'n Ghosts were released in Europe in 1989 for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. These ports were all handled by Software Creations and all omit a great deal of detail from the arcade version even on very capable 32-Bit machines like the Amiga.
  • A Sega Mega Drive/Genesis port of Ghouls 'n Ghosts (programmed by Yuji Naka) was also released by Sega in 1989 in Japan and North America; and in 1990 in Europe. MegaTech magazine noted that although it was a good game, they felt the price of £45 was too high, This version was re-released as a handheld TV game with Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition in 2005 and as a downloadable Virtual Console game for the Wii in 2007. This version was also included on the Sega Genesis Mini in 2019.
  • Sega also released a Master System port in 1990. This 8-bit version made changes to the game by introducing a power-up system that allows the player to enter secret shops and upgrade parts of their armor. This includes helmets, which give the player access to new weapons and magic spells; chest armor, which allows the player to sustain more damage; and boots, which increases the player's speed.
  • The SuperGrafx port of Daimakaimura released by NEC Avenue in 1990 was one of the five games released for the short-lived system. This version was also included on the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in 2020.
  • A pixel perfect version of Daimakaimura was released by Capcom in 1994 for the Sharp X68000.
  • In 1998, Capcom released Capcom Generation 2 for the PlayStation and Saturn in Japan, a compilation which included Ghouls 'n Ghosts along with Ghosts 'n Goblins and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. The PlayStation version of this compilation was released as a bundle in Europe with three other volumes titled Capcom Generations (in plural) under the title of Capcom Generations: Chronicles of Arthur. Capcom later released in North America Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2005 and Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded for the PlayStation Portable in 2006, which includes all the Capcom Generations titles. The emulation on a number of these compilations is slightly off, in that the screen display is too dark.
  • The arcade version of Ghouls 'n Ghosts was re-released as one of the included games on the Capcom Home Arcade console in 2019.


Aggregate score
GameRankingsSMD: 80%[2]
Review scores
Sinclair User82%[5]
Your Sinclair91%[6]
The Games Machine90%[8]
Mean Machines92%[11]
Zzap!64Gold Medal
CrashCrash Smash
MegaTechHyper Game
Mega23rd best game of all time[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tim Follin". Next Generation. Imagine Media (3): 51. March 1995.
  2. ^ "Ghouls 'n Ghosts for Genesis". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Ghouls And Ghosts". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  7. ^ "Zzap!64 100th Issue Pull-Out Special Page 5". Archived from the original on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, page 78, May 1992
  11. ^ "Out-of-Print Archive • Mega Drive/Genesis reviews • Ghouls 'N' Ghosts". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  12. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 76, Future Publishing, Oct 1992

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