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Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mobile version of tough arcade game has tricky controls.

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While this app faithfully recreates the notoriously difficult '80s arcade game, the awkward button layouts make it even more challenging. Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE is the sequel to 1985's Ghosts 'n' Goblins (available on tablets as Ghosts 'n' Goblins MOBILE) with all the pixelated visuals and old-school sound effects intact. As a knight trying to save his girlfriend and others from the clutches of Lucifer, you have to use swords, throwing axes, and magic to defeat a seemingly endless army of monsters. This isn't easy, since this side-scrolling arcade game also has you dealing with deadly doorways, irritating vultures, and other hazards. But while this game, like its predecessor, is known for being really, really tough, this version also has you contending with awkward touch controls. Because the on-screen buttons are so big, they often cover up the action, making it hard to see when there's a skeleton with a scythe coming up behind you. That said, there are multiple control options, and some don't block as much of the screen as others. This also corrects one of the previous game's more irritating mistakes, as it doesn't reset back to the default controls every time you start a new game. This is why, if you're a fan of the original arcade game and you don't need 20/20 vision when it comes to spotting evil skeletons, Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE is like going to an arcade with a whole roll of quarters.

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