Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Nintendo SNES, 1991)
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|Suit up as Arthur, the boldest knight in the land, as you set off on an adventure to save Princess Guinevere from the evil emperor Sardius. Wielding a deadly lance and medieval armor, Arthur must then battle all kinds of undead creatures as he makes their way to the slimy crypts of the Phantom Zone. This fantasy and horror single-player game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System will transport all players to this mysterious world of ghouls and ghosts as they traverse terror-filled levels, overcome obstacles, and battle the final boss. Along the way, players must collect special weapons, armor, and spells, for it is only with the right tools and defense that you will have a chance at making it to the Throne Room to destroy Sardius and save Guinevere.
Arthur starts the game with an ordinary suit of armor, which may be upgraded up to three times. The first upgrade is bronze armor which enhances Arthur's firepower. The second upgrade is golden armor which allows Arthur to charge his firepower to unleash special magic attacks. The golden armor comes with a shield which can block one projectile before breaking. The last upgrade is a better shield which can block up to three projectiles before breaking and allow Arthur's firepower to charge up quicker. No matter how upgraded, his armor falls off following any touch by an enemy, leaving Arthur defenseless and clad only in his underwear, at which point he will die if hit again. Shields can only block projectiles if Arthur is standing still.
Like in Ghouls n' Ghosts, hidden treasure chests can be found for weapons, armor upgrades, bonus points and sometimes unwanted traps such as bear traps and an evil magician who transforms Arthur. Treasure chests are hidden and can only be accessed by moving through specific areas of the screen, which causes them to appear.
One key feature is the "Double Jump", which allows Arthur to leap into the air, and then leap again. However, the player has no direct control of Arthur's movement once in the air. The second jump can change direction, but that is the only control players have.
Sticking with tradition, players have to complete the game twice in a row, the second time with a special weapon (the Goddess's Bracelet, which only appears during the second playthrough), in order to confront the evil boss Sardius (resembling a huge demon in golden armor) and get the true ending.
As of June 30, 2017, the SNES version has sold 1.09 million units since its release in October 1991, making it Capcom's 75th best-selling game of all time.
|Game||Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts|
|Platform||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1|
|Game Series||Ghosts 'n Goblins series|
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