Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Knightly reboot tests the mettle of even hard-core gamers.

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Positive Messages

Central plot is classic good-vs.-evil theme, with players setting out to rescue the princess from the minions of the Demon Realm. Players also learn to overcome adversity: The game has a generally high level of difficulty. Optional theme of teamwork, with a second player acting as a helper in two-player co-op.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Arthur is presented as classic stereotypical medieval knight. He's heroic, courageous, honorable, putting his life on the line to save the kingdom and rescue the princess. Co-op play introduces "The Three Wise Guys," Barry, Kerry, and Archie, guardian spirits called upon to help Arthur in his noble quest against evil.

Ease of Play

Make no mistake about it: This game is hard. While controls are simple to pick up and play, difficulty level is off the charts by design. Players can lower the difficulty level to somewhat more manageable levels, and infinite lives plus regular checkpoints help players progress.

Violence

Nonstop action, with players using medieval weapons and magic abilities against a constant stream of evil monsters and demons. Some blood that splashes on the screen when enemies are defeated. When players are defeated, they collapse into a pile of bones.

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This is the latest installment in a long-running and popular franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection is a fantasy action arcade game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. The game is a reboot of Capcom's classic Ghosts 'n Goblins franchise. Players fight against a slew of supernatural creatures using a variety of medieval weapons combined with magical abilities. Violence is constant, with on-screen splashes of blood and even scenes of creatures being decapitated. The animated art style keeps the on-screen violence from being too graphic for younger players. The game continues the franchise's legacy of challenge, providing a high level of difficulty even on easier settings. But it features numerous checkpoints and infinite lives, giving players the chance to learn from their mistakes and keep trying to overcome the obstacles in their way.

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What's it about?

It's time to polish up that suit of armor, raise your lance, and battle evil once again in GHOSTS 'N GOBLIN RESURRECTION. The classic franchise has risen from the grave, reimagined for a new generation. Though it's easy to pick up and play, Arthur's quest to rescue the princess from the Demon Lord is far from a simple task. Staying true to the series' legacy, Resurrection is a challenge of the highest order. But Arthur has stashed a few new tricks in his stylish boxers, including an arsenal of weapons and powerful magic with which to drive back the forces of darkness. Plus, for the first time ever, another player can join the adventure in two-player co-op play, taking control of a trio of guardian spirts tasked with assisting Arthur in his mission. It's a good thing, too, because Arthur is going to need all the help he can get to fight his way to the Demon Realm. Luckily for players, in Resurrection, death is just part of the learning curve ... and an excuse to try a bit harder the next time.

Is it any good?

This feels like a return to the original title, which was a rite of passage thanks to its easy-to-pick-up play but insane difficulty that tested all but the most hard-core of gamers. Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection, which serves as a reboot of the franchise, honors that legacy by keeping all the core features that made the original so addictive. Visually, it keeps the original designs, but with more detail and a style that looks like a storybook brought to life. The game blends elements from both Ghosts 'n Goblins and its sequel, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, with returning enemies, worlds, weapons, and more, but it's also more than just a standard remake with a new coat of paint. New magic abilities and skills boost Arthur's arsenal against evil, and an expandable inventory lets players keep and switch out weapons on the fly. But the biggest addition is drop-in/drop-out support for a second player. Rather than adding another knight to the action, the second player controls "The Three Wise Guys," guardian spirits that can cast unique spells to aid Arthur in his quest while shooting projectiles at oncoming foes.

Players now have four different difficulty levels to choose from. The lowest Page setting lets players make progress, benefiting from fewer enemies and the ability to revive right from where they're defeated. On the other end of the spectrum, Legend is a brutal fight for survival requiring fast reflexes and timing that will challenge even the most expert gamer. Players can lower the difficulty as needed, but at no point should they expect a cakewalk. In fact, the game's biggest draw is also its biggest weakness, as many gamers are likely to get flustered as they die over and over and over again. What's even worse is when an accidental menu choice after the player's death resets your progress all the way back to the beginning of the current area. Even so, as difficult as the game may be, it's never boring, and every stage completed feels like a hard-fought, well-earned victory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about remakes and reboots. What's the appeal of rebooting or remaking classic franchises for newer audiences? How can a reboot keep things fresh while staying true to the original?

  • What's the appeal in overcoming a particularly difficult game? At what point is a game too difficult, and becomes frustrating instead?

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