From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Master System|
|Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)|
Ghost House (ゴーストハウス) is a Sega Master System action platform game developed and published by Sega. An enhanced port of the company's 1982 Sega G80 arcade game Monster Bash, it was first released in Japan on the system's innovative Sega Card format in April 1986, and is generally considered superior to the original arcade version.
Mick must collect the family jewels, which are hidden within Dracula's mansion.
The game is an action platformer. Rounds consist of multiple levels of platforms connected by ladders and doorways. Each round contains five Draculas, but four of them are "dummies." To fight each Dracula, Mick must first find a key, which is dropped by a random enemy. Then he must locate a coffin and use the key to unlock it (by walking in front of it) and release Dracula. Dracula flies around as a bat and occasionally transforms into his human form; he can only be attacked in his human form. After defeating Dracula, Mick receives a heart that restores his health and a jewel. One of the Draculas per round, the "real" Dracula, respawns after being defeated and must be fought again. Draculas also respawn if they are not killed quickly enough after entering a skeleton form. After collecting all five jewels, Mick must find the magic door to exit the round.
Mick walks with and . He ducks with , which can be used to avoid enemies and projectiles, and crawls with and . He jumps with . He attacks enemies by punching them with , though he can also equip knives that do more damage and have longer reach. He can attack while jumping. He climbs ladders with and and enters doorways with .
There are six rounds total; the last three rounds are more difficult versions of the first three rounds. Rounds loop around horizontally. Some platforms have traps that cause Mick to fall through them. Ceilings sometimes have spider webs that ensnare Mick and prevent him from moving; Mick can escape by quickly alternating between and . Mick takes more damage while stuck in a web. The basement in each round contains a blazing fire that damages Mick if he does not avoid it.
Mick also has a health meter and loses health from touching a monsters or other hazard or from falling from a great height. When he runs out of energy, he loses a life and starts over at the beginning of the round (but retaining the jewels that he has collected). The game ends if Mick loses all of his lives. Mick starts the game with three lives and receives an additional life at 50,000 and 150,000 points.
The game has a two-player mode where players share a controller and take turns.
|Keys unlock Dracula's coffin. They are dropped by random enemies after they are defeated if Mick does not already possess a key.|
|Unlock with a key to release Dracula.|
|Restores part of Mick's health meter.|
|Fully restores Mick's health meter. Mick receives a heart after defeating Dracula.|
|Jumping in front of a candelabra causes a knife to fly across the screen (unless Mick is already armed with a knife).|
|Knives harm Mick if they hit him. Mick can jump on top of a knife to take it, replacing his punch attack with a stronger and longer knife attack. The knife lasts for 5 hits before Mick reverts to his punches.|
|Walking past a lamp on a fireplace causes an arrow to shoot across the screen.|
|Arrows harm Mick if they hit him. Mick can jump on top of an arrow for bonus points. After jumping on 16 arrows or knives, Mick becomes temporary invincible and can defeat enemies by walking into them. This can only be done twice per life or round.|
|Touching a ceiling light freezes all enemies in place temporarily. Enemies, including Dracula, can still be attacked while frozen. This can only be done 5 times per round.|
|Collect all 5 jewels by defeating Dracula to reveal the magic door.|
|Transports Mick to another door somewhere in the round. Some areas can only be accessed through a door.|
|Exits the round. Appears near the top of the round after defeating all of the Draculas and acquiring the jewels.|
US hints 2 (with Black Belt)
- Main article: Ghost House/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Master System, TW|
ROM dump status
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/segamark3/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-21 03:44)
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