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Parents need to know that Ghostbusters is an action/arcade game that lets players step into the proton packs of the film. While you don't play as any of the familiar characters (without paying for it via in-app purchase), that's not much of a problem as their caricatures pop up with sarcastic comments frequently. There's some mild violence, but if your kid "ain't afraid of no ghosts," there's nothing here that will scare them. Parents might be a little afraid of the in-app purchases, but the game is very mindful of those concerns and doesn't force them on players.
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What's it about?
Players will try to trap ghosts using a variety of Ghostbuser-inspired proton pack weapons. Different classes have different strengths and abilities, so players must move them around the screen via swipes to defeat enemies. The game is more focused, though, on micro-management -- collecting enough slime to knock down big walls, researching things you find, and leveling up your team while recruiting newcomers.
Is it any good?
Ghostbusters takes the best of the franchise's cartoon series and blends it with elements of the film to create a unique environment -- one that's both familiar and fun, but with lots of things to discover. There are certainly some grinding elements as you're forced to do side missions before you can focus on the game's big "enemy" (a clever cameo from a bit player in the first film), but they're fun to play and engage you in the world.
It's a bit disappointing not being able to play as the main characters (you, instead, play as new hires brought on as the Ghostbusters franchise their business), but they're a constant presence in the game, easing that pain. If there's something strange in your neighborhood -- or at least free time to kill -- you know who to call.
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