With just a few days to go until the hottest Retro gift of the year hits the shelves, Matt Lambourne guides us through Part 3 of his SNES Classic Mini round-up. We look at games 12-7 as we really start to venture into the heavy-hitter territory with this batch of classics.
11. Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts (1992)
Ask gamers what the hardest series of games are of all time, and the Ghosts ‘N Goblins/Ghouls ‘N Ghosts series will no doubt feature towards the top of most lists. It is the classic action platformer whereby you take the role of the Knight, Arthur, who must battle against hordes of demons and undead to rescue his beloved Princess Prin-Prin.
The gameplay is classic, requiring lightning-tight reflexes and the patience of a saint in order to learn all the various pitfalls and enemy patterns that challenge your progression. One of the most welcome additions to this game is the double-jump in which you can change direction in mid-air, allowing for some edge-of-your-seat dangerous play that might just save your life from time to time once mastered.
A new green suit of armour also slides in between your standard steel suit and the famous golden power-up armour, allowing for a greater depth of special weapons and abilities. But ultimately, Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts appeals to hardened retro gamers as one of the most vigorous tests of gaming skill around. Notoriously difficult in its day, it will be somewhat easier thanks the save-states allowed via the Classic Mini software. However, just remember that once you’ve hacked and slashed your way through it once, you have to re-start the journey all over again to get the true ending to game!