Review: Ghosts’n DJs (Steam)

Inspired by the classic arcade hit Ghosts’n Goblins and fully created by the house music legend Dr. Kucho!, Ghosts’n DJs is a pixel-art run and gun side-scrolling action platformer set in a parallel universe in which the music scene is being dominated by fake artists and DJ’s.

Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 158mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics- Resolution, and V-Sync.
  • Can rebind the keyboard and controller.
  • Four difficulties.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Ghosts N Goblins inspired gameplay.
  • Run and gun style game.
  • Arcade presentation including a CRT filter.
  • Difficult.
  • Free to play.
  • Cool animations.
  • Fast-paced gameplay.
  • Four weapons to use.
  • Pickups in game like guns, ammos and health.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Faithful to the source material.
  • A handful of enemy types.
  • Varied level designs.

Cons:

  • No quit to menu option in game.
  • Lacks tutorial.
  • Difficult.
  • Can’t turn off CRT filter.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

I am a fan of Ghosts N Goblins and part of it was the music and the overall atmosphere. It was Dark Souls before Dark Souls was Dark Souls. The guys here knew what made the game what it is and managed to translate it into a different setting. The music is has Deadmau5 in it so you know what to expect, the gameplay is the same but the flying enemies are way too frequent and difficult to hit, at times it felt like someone hit the random Ai spawn button and left it on, it goes from empty to full in seconds. The music is good but doesn’t really connect with the gameplay, it felt more like I was playing an album over the top of it all. For a ghost n goblin-like, it’s faithful and does the job but it is more difficult and not as engaging and memorable as the classic.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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