Review – Ghosts ‘N Goblins for iPod Touch

Ghosts ‘N Goblins Gold Knights

iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad

Capcom Co., Ltd

2D platformer

£2.99/$2.99 – £.59/$.99 [Sale]

I’ve long since been a fan of the Ghosts ‘N Goblins series, so imagine my surprise when Capcom decided to release a new addition to their popular franchise on the App Store. Ghosts ‘N Goblins Gold Knights harkens back to the traditional gameplay of the SNES original, with simplistic controls, and gut wrenching difficulty.

For those new to the series, GnG is a 2D platformer, much like Mario, or Sonic. In this re-imagining you take control of one of two characters, Arthur, or Lancelot. Both characters act the same physics wise, and their cosmetic differences are barely noticeable. The main difference between the two, however, lies within their armour, with Arthurs’ being the superior with greater endurance. I was a little nervous as to how the game would control, but bought the title out of pure curiosity.
I was wrong to be anxious.

The game plays like a dream, with little to no slowdown. The virtual D-Pad responds as you would expect, and didn’t hinder my progress in the games’ 6 levels. You have two buttons on screen, one to jump, and a second to fire your weapon. A third becomes available upon collecting Magic Armour, and is used to propel your magic toward enemies.
As mentioned previously, the franchise is notorious for it’s difficulty level. Thankfully, the controls did not play a part in this, the game was genuinely difficult.

Along Arthur’s story, bosses will crop up at the end of each level, providing the more challenging sections. Though not giving me such a hard time, they were by far the most difficult obstacles standing in my way. The bosses take up around a quarter of the screen, sometimes half, and are all rendered in 3D, as opposed to other characters’ 2D models.

Another new addition to the franchise is the ‘Customize’ menu, offering players extra’s to help them along the way. These options were not free, but at a mere 59p each, seemed reasonable enough.
These additions give your character several abilities, such as an infinite stock of lives, or decreasing the amount of time required to charge Magic. These features may sound like they would make the experience too easy, however, are entirely optional.

At the end of the day, Ghosts ‘N Goblins Gold Knights is a welcome addition to the franchise, adding new features I feel will be implemented into future releases. A must own for veterans of the series and people wanting a fresh, yet undeniably retro platforming experience.

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