Friday, July 15, 2016

Bustin' Feels Good with the Real Ghostbusters (Arcade)

With all the talk and media surrounding the new Ghostbusters film that opened today, it has had me thinking about Ghostbusters games from the past. When I think about retro Ghostbusters games, I generally think of the infamous NES game at first. That game is pure garbage and I know it has built up a reputation because of that, but it is important to know that there are good games that carry the Ghostbusters branding!

The Real Ghostbusters arcade game is one I don't hear mentioned often, but it is worthy of being in the conversation. To my knowledge it is the only game to be associated with the Real Ghostbusters animated series as opposed to being an adaptation one of the films (if I'm wrong, please correct me).

It is an over-the-head action game in the vein of SNK's Ikari Warriors. Instead of firearms, though, you are equipped with your trusty proton pack. With it you shoot monsters, turning them into ghosts. When they enter ghost form they can't hurt you, but you do need to try and use your proton pack to draw the ghosts to you and capture them. When you collect 100 ghosts and you reach the end of a level, you get an extra life. In addition, you also have a super powerful "fire" action that sprays flames in all directions around you that is useful in getting out of binds.

There's a degree of variety to the levels, but after level 6 or so the game starts using the same levels with rearranged enemies. The variety in enemy types is varied enough to keep things entertaining, though.

It's nothing groundbreaking, but if you're in the mood for an old school Ghostbusters featuring a killer chiptune rendition of the famous theme song, you can't go wrong here.

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