Maximo vs. Army of Zin

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Maximo vs. Army of Zin
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Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 8
Publisher(s) Capcom
Designer(s) Scott Rogers, David Ralston, Ian Slutz
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP September 18, 2003
  • NA January 20, 2004
  • EU February 13, 2004
PlayStation Network
  • EU February 15, 2012
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Maximo vs. Army of Zin (Japanese: 魔界英雄記 マキシモ ~マシンモンスターの野望 Hepburn: Makai Eiyūki Makishimo: Mashin Monsutā no Yabō?) is an action-adventure game developed and published by Capcom in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. This title is a sequel to Maximo: Ghosts to Glory. It is part of the Ghosts 'n Goblins franchise.


The story of the game follows on from Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, with Maximo still searching for his lost love, Sophia. He is again accompanied by Grim (a Grim Reaper). However, their search is interrupted as a series of mechanical creatures start to attack villages and slaughter the village folk. These creatures are the Army of Zin, an ancient army powered by lost souls, who were supposedly locked in the vault of Castle Hawkmoor after the last battle with them 500 years ago. However, they are now free, due to the actions of the mysterious warlord, Lord Bane.


Maximo's gameplay is characterized by hack and slash combat and platforming, as well as an armour system where damage is reflected by loss of armour. Maximo begins the game with two levels of armour (full armour sans helmet), and can upgrade to three and four (with helmet and golden armour, respectively). Level one has Maximo reduced to boxer shorts.

Another element of gameplay is the Grim transformation, allowing the player to turn into a Grim Reaper for short periods of time, with the souls gathered from the Army of Zin. Grim is invulnerable, powerful, and a touch faster than Maximo. However, the time spent in this form is limited but can be extended through upgrades.

Maximo also receives bonuses from villagers that he saves from enemies in the game, and these rewards are anything from new armour to a word of advice.


Maximo vs. Army of Zin was well received. Brad Shoemaker of awarded it an 8.4/10, citing the improvements it made to the combat system over the original game as well as the option of purchasing new items and upgrades, and the ability to temporarily transform into the Grim Reaper (which grants invulnerability), but warned readers of its high difficulty, saying "It's not for the faint of heart". IGN editor Douglass C. Perry gave Army of Zin an 8.8/10 claiming he found the game to be more balanced and less frustrating than its predecessor, but also shorter in length as well. Nevertheless, he objectively stated at the end of his written review that Army of Zin was "better than the original".

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