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Parents' Guide to

Ghost Parade

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Colorful adventure is haunted by poor design and controls.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Surprisingly entertaining! A good Christmas gift, and late Halloween game to play.

A little late for Halloween but still did great job in our Christmas holiday. Got this ghostly games for my nephews and glad we play altogether along the week. Great stories, amazing games. The music is lovely and full of halloweeny-night-parade kind of tunes. (yes its best for halloween). It was surprisingly entertaining and fun, especially with many of challenging stages that got us into many falls and more laughters. We are excited to do more quests! Still much more ghost stories to chases! So fun just to play again and you can just back into the forest!
age 18+

A waste of money

I say it’s 18 plus because it’s near impossible to play. Unless you are a wizard. The graphics are gorgeous it’s why I bought the game. But it’s controls are laggy, there are so many enemies and you take almost half a bar with every hit. On top of that you can’t heal. Not easily at least. I’ve played it for 2 hours and made it maybe 3 minutes in the game because it’s impossible not to die.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

People say that looks aren't everything, and they're absolutely right. If they were, then Ghost Parade would be a spectacular piece of work. There's no denying that the colorful adventure has a certain whimsical fun to its art style and it's an absolute treat for the eyes. Unfortunately, this isn't some static piece of art hanging on display. Peel away its colorful exterior and look at it as the game it's supposed to be and, well, the whole things comes crashing down into an almost unplayable and certainly unenjoyable mess.

Challenge in a video game can be a lot of fun. Some of the most entertaining games on the market are difficult by design. The key words there, though, are "by design." Ghost Parade isn't trying to be difficult. The problem is nearly ever gameplay element feels like it's meant to work against the player. The controls, for example, are anything but precise. This alone can be a death knell in a platform adventure like Ghost Parade. There's nothing more frustrating than dying over and over again because you're meant to make a near perfect jump, but can't because the controls are so bad, you'd have better luck playing blindfolded. Of course, that only comes into play after you figure out exactly what you're supposed to be doing. That's a pain because the game doesn't bother to explain anything until well into the story. All of this, plus the occasional technical bug or design snafu, makes Ghost Parade a scary title to play for all the wrong reasons.

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