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Real Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters, The - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Real Ghostbusters, The - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Up to three players, each assuming the role of a Ghostbuster, run around a top-down universal scrolling terrain, shooting creatures while trying to suck up ghosts with their plasma guns.

Real Ghostbusters, The was produced by Data East in 1987.

Data East released 174 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1979. Data East was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Data East during the time period Real Ghostbusters, The was produced include: Break Thru, Fire Trap, Slap Shot, Express Raider, Western Express, Wonder Planet, Garyo Retsuden, Laser War, Captain Silver, and Heavy Barrel


Name Real Ghostbusters, The
Developer Data East (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9281
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Real Ghostbusters, The Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 3
# Maximum Players 3
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - PlasmaSuper
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art Real Ghostbusters, The Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Adapted from the animated cartoon of the same name. Up to three players, each controlling a Ghostbuster, must run around a top-down universal scrolling terrain, shoot creatures and then try to suck up ghosts with their plasma guns. Players can shoot and then collect various power-ups, including a protective Aura, shot and beam boosters, and a "Green Ghost" Slimer shield sattelite. Has interesting screen transition effects and a well-orchestrated version of the movie's popular theme song.

Real Ghostbusters, The KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.23 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.20

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.50
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 3.33

Technical Rating: 4.38

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.50
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 4.50

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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Cabinet Information

This game features a half-panel side art sticker featuring the animated characters and the familiar "no ghosts" Ghostbusters logo. The marquee is curved, like many of Data East's other games of the era e.g. Bad Dudes, and the control panel featured equally spaced controls right, center, and left with a Ghostbusters logo above the center controls. A two-player conversion kit with a flat marquee also exists.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Real Ghostbusters, The Census

There are 14,829 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 43 known instances of this machine owned by Real Ghostbusters, The collectors who are active members. Of these, 16 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 24 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Real Ghostbusters, The machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Real Ghostbusters, The circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Real Ghostbusters, The. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Real Ghostbusters, The circuit board set.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 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]



The PCB is actually two PCBs connected with spacers. The DIP switch settings are similar to those found on Bad Dudes and Robocop. There is no free play mode. The volume control is a small white knob on the top PCB, threaded for use with a Philips screwdriver.

The two-player model/conversion kit uses a standard JAMMA pinout.


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