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Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Ghosts 'n Goblins - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play Sir Arthur, a knight who must run and jump through six horziontally- or vertically scrolling levels to rescue his sweetheart, Princess Guinevere. Throw lances, axes etc. to kill zombies, bats, demons and other assorted foes. You must defeat the end-of-level boss before you can move on to the next stage.

Ghosts 'n Goblins was produced by Capcom in 1985.

Capcom released 228 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Capcom was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Capcom during the time period Ghosts 'n Goblins was produced include: 1942, HiGeMaru - Pirate Ship, Son Son, Vulgus, Pirate Ship HigeMaru, Commando, 1942 (PlayChoice), Makaimura, Exed Exes, and Gun Smoke


Name Ghosts 'n Goblins
Developer Capcom (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7938
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Capcom Classic
Game Specific Ghosts 'n Goblins Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Ghosts 'n Goblins Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Ghosts 'n Goblins Control Panel Image
Side Art Ghosts 'n Goblins Side Art Image
PCB Ghosts 'n Goblins PCB Image

Game Introduction

The game has you controlling a knight who throws his currently picked up-weapon axe, lance, cross, dagger, or firebrand to kill enemies zombies, bats, demons and ghosts. Two hits from an enemy attack will kill him. The first destroys his armour and then he runs around in underpants. There are six levels with a halfway restart point on each. A map shows your progress throughout the levels at start of each life.

Game Play

A map represents the kingdom with various themed levels:

  1. Graveyard and Forest
  2. Town
  3. Caves
  4. Bridge
  5. Castle lower level
  6. Castle upper level
  7. Final Boss

At the end of each stage an end-of-level monster must be destroyed Orges, Dragons, etc.. Bonuses and new weapons are picked up by killing a monster that is carrying a pot. Only one weapon is availble at a time. Armour can be replaced by jumping up at certain hidden spots on some levels. This action causes a pot to appear. On level one, the spot is just after the halfway flying demon, just before the gravestone see for more information. Shooting a gravestone fifteen times sumons a demon who casts a spell that turns you into a frog for a limited time.

Ghosts 'n Goblins KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.74 (18 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.66

Overall Like 3.94
Fun (Social) 2.61
Fun (Solo) 3.94
Collector Desire 3.72

Technical Rating: 3.81

Gameplay 3.94
Graphics 4.18
Originality 3.82
Sound/Music 3.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

In the cave on level three, go to the upper level and move your character to the right of the rock, just to the left of the second ladder. Move left and right, shooting rapidly. A Zombie will keep appearing and you can score 100,000 points before time runs out, but you will also get two extra lives in the process.

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The original Japanese name, Makaimura, literally translates to Demon World Village.PMany people including staff members at Capcom USA and Nintendo of America believe this is Arthur from the Athurian legend, but he is really just a knight who is trying to rescue his beloved princess.


COPY OF IMakaimuraIPLicenced to Taito for US manufacture and distribution. It was also licensed to Romstar for US distribution.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ghosts 'n Goblins Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,469 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,447 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 244 known instances of this machine owned by Ghosts 'n Goblins collectors who are active members. Of these, 61 of them are original dedicated machines. 34 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 149 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 6 active VAPS members with a Ghosts 'n Goblins machines for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Ghosts 'n Goblins circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 27 active VAPS members currently looking for Ghosts 'n Goblins. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Ghosts 'n Goblins boards sets.

This game ranks a 65 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 48 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright B
  2. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 2 460.00 460.00
2017 1 805.00 805.00
All Years 3 575.00 575.00


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