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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun busting action only appealing to young kids.

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Inspired by, but not based on, the new and old movies, this action game plays like a classic Diablo-style dungeon crawler that's decidedly more for kids than their parents. Played from an aerial perspective, Ghostbusters has four Ghostbusters exterminating specters in museums, graveyards, and other locations in midtown Manhattan. This is done by scanning a room, using weapons to destroy minor ghosts and ghostly minions, and using those weapons to weaken major ghosts until you can capture them. All of which works well to make this feel Ghostbuster-y. But only if you're a kid.

Between the cartoon-style cut scenes, the punny, unfunny dialogue, and the redundant arcade action, this won't keep the attention of anyone who saw the original 1984 movie in theaters. Especially since this a bit too simplistic for veteran gamers. While there are four characters -- each of whom has their own weapons and can have their skills and health upgraded -- you can't switch between them on the fly when playing solo and instead have to wait until you get to the next mission. There's also no map, and while you can hit the "reveal path" button to see where to go or use the scanner, the latter gets annoying since it forces you to stroll at a slow pace instead of moving at your normal jogging speed. But while this game is ultimately more for kids than their parents, elder gamers might still enjoy it if they play co-op with their kids.

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