Thirty years has passed since Capcom’s Ghosts ‘n Goblins first hit the Arcade scene, and all these years later the game is still as good as ever. That really is a true testament to the quality of the gameplay, and the engrossing gothic world that it throws players into, mainly because this is one of the most difficult games ever made. In fact, such is the legacy of the series, that despite it being absent from home consoles ever since the 1991 Super Nintendo classic Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, fans have now decided to take up the mantle.
Picking up from where the original Arcade title left off, homebrew developer BonusJZ has been hard at working developing a love letter to the original retro entries in the series. This comes in the form of Ghosts’n Demons. A homebrew title that perfectly captures the spirit of Ghosts ‘n Goblins.
This homebrew release has been developed using the OpenBOR engine. An engine that many followers of the homebrew community will already be aware of through the Streets of Rage clone Beasts of Rage. However, despite OpenBOR typically being utilised for Streets of Rage style games, BonusJZ went to the effort of completely reworking the engine to suit Ghosts ‘n Goblins unique style of gameplay. This of course includes the insane difficulty, something BonusJZ has been careful to retain.
Additionally, Ghosts’n Demons’ release also contains a wealth of added extras that include challenges, tube tv filters and scan-lines, and even level maps. So, if all this sounds good to you, and why wouldn’t it? Then you can grab this game for the grand sum of $0, as BonusJZ has released this completely free to everyone. Ghosts’n Demons is available to play now for Windows systems, and is worth the time of anybody who loved the original games. You can grab the game from this link over here.
However, if you’ve never played any of the games in the Ghosts ‘n Goblins franchise, then you really are missing out, and should get some game time on these. Either way, whatever you decide, you may not want to get too attached to the game’s lead character Arthur, as you’re going to see him die an awful lot. But that’s all part of the fun!