Monday, April 20, 2009

Games Played 04/14/2009


Grabbed by the Ghoulies (2003)
Developer: Rare
Platform: X-Box
Purchase Date: 02/14/2004

Some parts of the game are pretty spooky and rip-roaringly hilarious at the same time.

The title Grabbed by the Ghoulies sounds more like an accurate description of Rare's acquisition by Microsoft: This was their first game released under the big M's banner. It is a fun haunted house adventure that contains heavy action elements coupled with subtle scares and offbeat humor. You control Cooper whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by ghosts at a gloomy looking mansion when they were trying to take a shelter there from a rainstorm. Cooper has to investigate the many rooms found within the mansion, each with its own challenge that must be conquered to open the next area. For the most part, you just have to clear the enemies that occupy the room but there are some unique variations of this thrown into the mix. There are many objects that cooper can use as a weapon and the majority of the furniture are fully destructible. The game has a very smooth, cartoon-like quality to it and the use of moving comic-strips to progress the story is fun to watch. Ghoulies is also very funny and even though the action gets repetitive, the unique looking rooms and the large amount of Rare self-references scattered throughout the mansion truly make the game a worthwhile play. As a side note, I didn't have this game listed on my game library before so I have added it tonight, bumping the number of games I own up by one.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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