Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins is a video game in Capcom’s Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, which was developed by Tose and published by Capcom.
It was released for the PlayStation Portable on August 13, 2006 in Japan and August 29, 2006 in North America.
Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins is the first game in the main series to employ 3D graphics, while maintaining much of the 2D gameplay mechanics of the earlier games. It also marks the return of the series’ project head, Tokuro Fujiwara.
The game follows the classic scenario of the heroic knight Arthur battling with demons, but includes a large number of changes.
There are three specific game modes available from the start:
Standard Mode, is a departure for the series; Arthur starts with six lives and when a player loses one of these lives, Arthur is resurrected on the spot. Arthur’s armor can now resist more than one hit when it is powered up. When he eventually loses his armor and is down to his boxer shorts, he can only sustain one more hit.
Ultimate Mode plays similarly to older Ghosts ‘n Goblins titles; Arthur has a smaller number of lives and once he dies, he is sent back to a pre-determined point of the stage rather than being resurrected. He will either be sent back to the start, or if he travelled far enough before dying, to the stage’s half-way point.
In this mode, Arthur can only take one hit before losing his armor, no matter what kind he is wearing. This mode is for traditionalists and expert players.
Novice Mode is an easier version of Standard Mode. Certain environmental obstacles are excluded from this mode, such as the tornadoes in the Death Castle. In addition, upon death and respawn, Arthur is given the POW power-up, which lasts until Arthur gets hit by an enemy.
The levels are varied, ranging from being inside a more traditional haunted forest to volcanic pits and ruined castles.
Enemies are varied and tend to be thrown at Arthur in groups, and range from zombies, ghosts, giant oxen, Venus flytraps and string dragons. There is an assortment of boss characters, some of which are quite large (two of which take up the entire screen).
The game has many weapons from the past games, with a few new additions; this installment also has a new equip system. Arthur is now able to gather items that can be stored and used for different levels, ranging from what type of power Arthur can use (as a secondary attack) to standard equipment (shields, double-jump boots etc.). Arthur can also collect different types of armor, which give him varied abilities too.
The magic system is no longer tethered to the armor and weapon combination; instead, “POW” pick-ups increase weapon power, and armor amplifies the magic spell Arthur has equipped (which are also gathered throughout the levels as pick-ups, hidden in chests).
Instead of the linearity of the original versions, the game has now been designed so that players have to obtain a selection of Golden Rings hidden throughout the levels to access the last battle and finish the game.
Players are given the option to return to earlier levels and search previously unreachable areas to find these by the use of power-ups found later on in the game.
The game is designed in such a way that it is impossible to gather all the important rings and abilities in a single run, without having to return to every stage of the game at least once; this follows the series’ tradition of having to beat the game twice to reach the final boss.
Here are a couple of screenshots
Here is some basic gameplay