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Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Paranormal adventure for movie's fans and action lovers.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

As a ghostbuster apprentice, you spend your time zapping away ghosts and other creatures rather than humans. You are trying to restore order to NYC.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as a hero whose job it is to remove ghosts.

Ease of Play

The controls are pretty easy to use as you learn to use tools to fight off ghosts.


Sci-fi weapons are used to blow away (or suck up) ghosts, ghouls, and demons who are terrorizing New York City. The game does not show blood, gore, or scenes with excessive violence.


One of the Ghostbusters quips about missing adult shops and bars.


A few potentially inapproproate words can be heard including "damn" and "bitch" in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game.


This is a game based on the popular Ghostbuster movie franchise and helps to promote the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an action game based on the Ghostbusters movie franchise. In the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game, there is some mild profanity and a good bit of fantasy violence because you spend most of your time fighting the supernatural enemies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMatt The Gamer November 8, 2009

Great game if you're not too young.

This game is a must have for any Ghostbusters fan... however I will address the one concern I have for kids and tweens. I think you should be at least 13 to pla... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 12, and 16 year old Written by[email protected] April 10, 2016

Ghost Busters!!!!!!

Ghost Busterss!!!!!! One of the best game in the world!!!!!!!!
Teen, 17 years old Written byfurby12345 July 19, 2011
Kid, 11 years old August 18, 2010
It's pretty good. The last level is so dang hard!!! One level is pretty creepy, but I love the rest of the game.

What's it about?

One of the highest-grossing movie franchises from the 1980s is back -- and this time it's interactive. GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME, from Atari, lets you join the famous ghost-hunting troupe to take on funny and frightening ghouls and other supernatural creatures. You will use an assortment of weapons and gadgets to hunt, fight, and capture baddies responsible for wreaking havoc in New York City. But you don't need to be a fan of the 1984 film as its intense combat, personality-driven storyline and multiple modes hold up on its own merit.

Is it any good?

Before you write off this video game as a cheap remix of the classic flick, consider that the original cast members -- including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson (and other celebs) -- have come together for the first time in 20 years to voice their parts. What's more, this all-new adventure was penned by Aykroyd and Ramis, and contains some ideas that never made it into the original films. As a newcomer to the Ghostbusters team, you'll don the proton pack and blast enemies into oblivion or wrangle them into the stasis trap, plus there are many other tools at your disposal including ones that let you scan and analyze potential threats using the PKE Meter and Ghost Light. There's even multiplayer modes that let you be one of the original Ghostbusters and take on challenging missions outside of the single-player campaign. Whether or not you're a fan of the flicks, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a spirited adventure worth the price of admission.

Online interaction: While the online multiplayer mode can be fun, it is playable using open chat via a headset. There is always the possibility of hearing cussing when this option is activated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ghostbusters is a movie-based game done right and what other game developers can learn from the talented team at Terminal Reality (responsible for the "next-generation" versions of this game). How can some developers blow it so bad when others get it right?

Game details

For kids who love movies

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