Review: Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection (Switch)

The classic Capcom game is back, in a nice graphic remaster on Switch. But not everything is quite right.

As I have mentioned in several of my reviews of retro games, I am a big fan of Ghosts’ n Goblins. It was one of my favorite games Atari 1040 STE and thus it has become my base plate for all other retro-inspired platform games; most recently, I really digged Swedish Cathedral, who borrowed a lot of his approach from just Ghosts’ n Goblins.

Press image: Capcom - Ghosts Gon Goblins Resurrection - copyright 2021 - Jumping over abyss.
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The story is exactly the same as in the original: you and your girlfriend have a nice picnic and all of a sudden she is kidnapped by a real evil. So just put on your armor and go out to save her. Which is easier said than done…

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For Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection is just like the original – quite frankly very difficult. There are a thousand enemies and it is important to always have your tongue right in your mouth to guide your avatar through all dangers. The graphics are beautifully updated and look more or less hand-painted. The music is heated, but the theme is recognizable. But in addition to being a remaster, it is a bit of a remake as well, where you have made the game bigger, with more developed boss fighters and also that you can use magical abilities.

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Even though the game mechanics are exactly like in the original game, it was something I rubbed. The game felt like not as fast and “resilient”. I have the original available via Nintendo Switch Online, so I played it for a while and realized that I was right in my feeling. The updated version is slower and “clumsier” than the original – and that’s a shame, because that’s what I loved.

That which is better in Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection is that you have four levels of difficulty to choose from. So at the easiest level, you can re-emerge right where you are and you can withstand more beatings. I drove on normal-difficult and even here you can tolerate more than two hits before you die and it is really a pleasant addition. Then you have the opportunity to play the co-op, locally but not online, and there are a bunch of new weapons and abilities. One player is Arthur and the other is “The Three Wise Guys”, a bunch of magical characters who can shoot projectiles and float around.

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Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection is right now exclusive and perfect for your Switch, for this you want to be able to pick up with you and sit on the bus while you go through hordes of monsters to save your girlfriend. The game works really well on the small screen and nothing gets too small or indistinct.

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In conclusion, I therefore really want to recommend Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection, it’s a sickly fun and challenging game that honors the original on so many levels!