Super Ghouls N Ghosts (Super Nintendo) Review
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts is a platformer developed and published by Capcom and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. It is the third game in the Ghosts 'n Goblins series.
At first glance, you’re probably thinking what the hell is this? Your character moves insanely slow, has a double jump mechanic where he can’t move in air. To couple that, the slowdown is everywhere, it’s insane! It’s difficult to pass just the first stage, let alone the entire game.
I’m sure you’ve heard the term, NES hard. Well, this ones SNES hard. There’s a lot of cheap deaths in this Super Ghouls n Ghosts, to the point where it’s just unfair. Everything has to be perfect, the double jump, the enemy patterns and placements. You do get a lot of continues to give you a bit of grace for the game’s difficulty level. As you progress, it does get to a certain point where you start to believe in yourself and really think you can beat this game. By the way, there’s two loops in this one. Yup that’s right, finish the game and complete it again as if it wasn’t hard enough!
This game is definitely not as good as other Super Nintendo platformers such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country or Super Castlevania IV but is a good experience to prove your skills with a Super Nintendo controller. If you can put aside the gruesome difficulty, the game has great music, graphics and art style.
The music really keeps you interested in each level since you’ll be playing them over and over again as you die. It’s really got that classic Capcom music style from the 90s that you’ll learn to love.
You make your way through the seven levels, then finally the final boss stage. With the help of different weapons that appear from chests. I find that the knife is the weapon of choice in this game since it has the fastest attack speed. You can also upgrade your armor from the chests that appear throughout the game. A green armor that enhances the ability of your weapon then a gold one that allows you to charge your attack and unleash it on your enemies.
The graphics and art style are amazing. I mean, just look at some of the enemies and overall color palate of the game. Oh and, Arthur running around in his underwear once you get hit is nothing short but legendary.
The Mode 7 graphics in the game are really unique like the rotating platform or tower level really add a nice touch to the overall level design.
The game is extremely accessible, Capcom has done a great job of porting this to the Playstation, PS2, Xbox, PSP, GBA, both Wii and Wii U virtual consoles and the SNES Classic Edition.
So should you play it? If you like platformers and are up for a challenge, then definitely. Just remember, I did say this game was hard.