Arthur's precious princess has been kidnapped and taken to the dreaded Phantom Zone by hideous ghouls! Strap on some armor and it's off to the graveyard and other even more monstrous places to try and save her. Super Ghouls'N Ghosts is an exact port of the Super Nintendo classic based off of the arcade classic but with a few new extras.
There isn't a whole lot to this game. It's you're basic arcade side-scrolling platform game. Run, jump, fire, defeat your enemies and their bosses, and try not to get killed and that's about it. It sounds easier than it is, though. This has got to be one of the hardest platform games ever created, even on easy difficulty. As you run through the levels you'll encounter all kinds of, well, ghouls and ghosts and other undead things. Most enemies aren't that difficult to kill but they like to gang up and corner or prevent you from getting past obstacles easily. Arthur has the unique ability to double-jump and you'll find that you need to master this quickly to get very far. In fact, the first obstacle in the game requires you to double jump over it. When wearing armor, Arthur can take a hit without dying. Some armor can enchant your weapon or allow you to use White Magic depending on the weapon you're holding. Shields can protect from a few projectiles. Aside from that, it's all up to your thumbs to do the fighting.
Good luck with those thumbs because controlling Arthur can get a bit frustrating at times since you can't control how high or far you'll jump. This is frustrating when you can't jump high enough to avoid death yet double jumping will probably get you killed too. Aside from that, the actual control isn't bad'it just requires some practice.
In addition to the original game, a couple of nice enhancements have been added. One is called 'Arranged Mode' where you can pick an alternate level after completing the one you're on which adds some replay value. The other, and most important as far as I'm concerned, is the ability to save your game.
With all the classic game remakes these days it's nice to see one that hasn't been resurrected a hundred times for every system. The game's graphics are left intact from the SNES version and look great on the GBA screen. Likewise the sounds are straight out of the SNES version. Fans of the original Super Ghouls'N Ghosts (or any of its sister games) won't be disappointed at all with this port. If you aren't familiar with the series, I definitely would only recommend this game to someone that's looking for a great challenge.