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Box art of Laser Ghost
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Laser Ghost is an arcade game in relation the movie Ghostbusters. There are three guns set up, representing the three members of a ghost hunting team. In 1989, the game received mixed reviews; according to Allgame, "It's hard, though, to heartily recommend a game which is so easily forgettable." The gameplay consists of a series of missions that the player and potentially others complete together. The upright cabinet game was not widely reviewed.
Official description[edit | edit source]
The official game description is:
"Ghost City is a city that appears every 13 years and is full of goblins and ghosts who thirst for a living soul. A blond-haired girl called Catherine is being held prisoner in the basement of White Manor. To make matters worse, her soul has been stolen and taken to Ghost City, and it's up to you to get it back. Guide Catherine through seven chapters, using either the joypad or Light Phaser to shoot ghosts that haunt her. You can also use special attacks to defeat a group of ghosts. More often than not, there will be a boss that you need to defeat in order to continue the game. If you get hit by a ghost, you will start to lose life. If your life meter is empty, the game ends. In each chapter, you can shoot cracked walls, graves, and broken windows to get extra life or special attacks."
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Laser Ghost can be played alone or cooperatively, using anywhere from 1-3 guns that are mounted on the console. The player is assigned missions to such as rescuing a kidnapped woman or performing exorcisms. Containing a laser as well as a special weapon that is fired by pressing an alternate fire button, the player aligns an on-screen aiming reticule with ghosts to eliminate them. Costing only a quarter, the game is cheap fun, though some reviewers disagree.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Allgame.com said that the game was fun, but probably not worth the quarter players had to spend to activate it. Mean Machine Archives, however, said that the game was fun, despite the low graphical quality.
Hardware[edit | edit source]
The Laser Ghost system is a horizontally oriented cabinet with a standard resolution color screen that is reflected by a mirror. The maximum number of players is three; those three can also play simultaneously. The gameplay is joint and controlled by a positional gun with two buttons, one for regular fire and another for special weapons.