Ghouls’n Ghosts is one the all time greatest retro side scrolling platformers. Known for its incredible difficulty and relentless action, the adventure of Sir Arthur has become one of the best loved games from the retro years. Whether that’s the arcade original, the NES release, or the 16-bit Super Nintendo re-release.
However, for all of the love the series continues to receive from the retro community, much like Streets of Rage, the series has been long dormant. Whilst on the one hand this can be argued to be good for the series, preserving its retro legacy. It does also mean that many may not have had a chance to jump into what many would consider the Dark Souls of the 8 & 16-bit eras.
Thankfully, it looks like this is changing somewhat in recent years. No we haven’t got a brand new quest for Sir Arthur to undertake, but we do have numerous re-releases from the Ghouls’n Ghosts series. Not only was Ghouls n’ Ghosts one of the 30 NES classics on the NES Classic mini, but now Capcom have also released Ghouls’n Ghosts Mobile, a smartphone port of the Super Nintendo’s Super Ghouls’n Ghosts as part of its continuing process of porting its back catalogue.
Sadly the game’s twitch based intense action is not something that is particularly well suited to mobile platforms. What’s more, it seems like controller support is criminally missing in action, and it also appears as though Capcom has toned down the difficulty somewhat to both account for the awkward control scheme, and appease modern gamers. Nevertheless, for those of you who have never played this gothic classic, that device in your hand is now capable of giving you one hell of a retro experience.
Although, I’d be betraying all my retro love if I didn’t say the you should first and foremost try to play this game with a controller in your hand if you can, preferably a Super Nintendo one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.