Ghostbusters (Mega Drive)

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System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Licensor: Columbia Pictures
Sound driver: SMPS Z80
Genre: Action[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
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¥6,0006,000 G-4030
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Ghostbusters (ゴーストバスターズ) is a Sega Mega Drive game developed jointly by Compile (though they are not credited and do not credit themselves on their website, some of the names in the Production Credits are Compile employees) and Sega and released in 1990 by Sega. It is a Mega Drive exclusive — a completely different title from the Master System game with the same name despite both being developed by Compile. It is a platformer which stars the Ghostbusters Peter, Ray and Egon, though for some reason omits Winston.

During development it appears the game was known as Ghostbusters II.


The player starts by choosing either Peter, Ray, or Egon. Each of the three characters has different health and power attributes. They remain with this character through their whole gameplay session until either game over or game clear.

The plot starts with the Ghostbusters seeking a profit from their business, and then the world map appears. The player can access four of the levels or a shop from which to buy items. The player starts with little money to buy items, though; one must clear levels to get money. Each level has its own pre-set monetary reward, which also reflects their difficulty level; the lowest-rewarding stage is easy, while the highest-rewarding stage is hard.

Once the player selects a level, a dialog appears where the resident explains the haunting conditions. Afterwards, gameplay begins. The player platforms left and right, shooting at enemies, dodging obstacles, and occasionally looking for secrets. In many instances, items from the shop provide helpful functions, such as freezing flames, spread shots, or temporary invincibility.

In many rooms, the player will encounter sub-boss characters, who, once defeated, will turn into ectoplasm and try to escape. In this sequence the player aims his Proton Pack diagonally to try to zap the ghost and suck it into the Ghost Trap which appears on the screen. Succeeding in this task will reap major bonuses for the player.

Bosses are huge monsters that take up large portions of the screen, and have small weak-points like in shmup games. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, for example, has his weak point be at his eyes. After defeating each boss, the player receives a Stone Tablet which is used to advance the plot.

After the first four levels are cleared, a new plot revelation happens and the final level is unlocked, upon clearing it the player reaches the end.

Production credits

  • Planner: Okaru.
  • Programmer: Ryu Ohmori, Healthy Toyama, Mizutan, Tantan, Jemini Hirono, Kawauso, Com Blue, K.K., K.Koba
  • Designer: Doro Pi, Locky P, Sakatsu Rimo
  • Sound: Nav.
  • Special Thanks: Arishi, Levin, Idaten, Onion
  • Presented by: Sega 1990

Magazine articles

Main article: Ghostbusters (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-04: "April 1990" (1990-03-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-06: "June 1990" (1990-05-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-07: "July 1990" (1990-06-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 [9]
92 [10]
65 [11]
57 [12]
79 [13]
82 №3, p76
82 [14]
82 [15]
63 №105, [1]
90 №24
78 [16]
82 [17]
45 №5, p92
62 №9, p20
82 [18]
70 №20, p112
80 [19]
84 [20]
72 [21]
70 [22]
60 [23]
64 [24]
28 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
23 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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Ghostbusters MD JP manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US
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Ghostbusters MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, BR (Cardboard)
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, AS

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Mega Drive, CA
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 792df93b
MD5 d73f3b9feac4734e9a391aa211a88159
SHA-1 6fceffee406679c0c8221a8b6cfad447695e99fb
512kB 1990-05 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 00419da3
MD5 270637399377cfe1b926ec5f664471f0
SHA-1 2a1589781fc4aca2c1ba97ec9ecf1acf563b7bfb
512kB 1990-04 Cartridge v00
Sega Mega Drive
1990-05-01 Page


  1. File:Ghostbusters md jp cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 67
  4. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "June 1990" (US; 1990-0x-xx), page 56
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 165
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 66
  7. Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 25
  8. Ação Games, "Junho 1991" (BR; 1991-06-19), page 12
  9. ACE, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-03), page 56
  10. Ação Games, "Junho 1991" (BR; 1991-06-19), page 12/13 (12)
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1990" (JP; 1990-06-08), page 14 (16)
  12. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85 (87)
  13. ', "" (; 1991-01-18), page 568.4/5 (4)
  14. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 30
  15. Computer & Video Games, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-16), page 92/93 (92)
  16. The Games Machine, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-xx), page 62
  17. Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 107
  18. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
  19. Mean Machines, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 64-66 (64)
  20. Player One, "Janvier 1991" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 53
  21. Raze, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-02-28), page 54
  22. Sega Power, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-04), page 24/25 (24)
  23. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  24. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 19

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