Laser Ghost (Master System)

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This article is about the Sega Master System game. For the Sega System 18 game, see Laser Ghost (System 18).


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Laser Ghost
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: Sega
Peripherals supported: Light Phaser
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
£29.99[1][2] 7074
Sega Master System
?F 7074
Sega Master System
DM ? 7074
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7074
Sega Master System
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Laser Ghost (Master System) is a Sega Master System shoot-'em-up. It is designed for use with the Light Phaser, but can also be played with a control pad.


Player is an unnamed Ghost Hunter armed with a prototype energy weapon capable of hurting ghosts and other nightmarish creatures. After telepathically contacted by Catherine, a little girl who was kidnapped by ghosts and her soul was stolen, player assists her escape from the Ghost City, a nightmarish city only appears once in thirteen years. Player must protect Catherine from harm and help her escape from the city before her soul is lost forever.

It has been suggested that Catherine is the same person as the Kate from the House of the Dead IV, but this hasn't been confirmed.


Laser Ghost is a rail shooting game. It can be played with either control pad or with Light Phaser/Control Pad combination. Light Phaser trigger or button 1 can be used to fire main weapon while button 2 (or either button if light phaser is used) fire a special weapon that damages all enemies on the screen. Since Light Phaser has only one button, special weapons must be fire with the Control Pad which must be attached to the second control port.

Players must eliminate any enemies from touching Catherine and each hit she is hit, her life will go down.

Status screen from left to right: Score, Catherine's lifebar, Catherine's destination to the end of level (above the lifebar), remaining time and number of special shots.

Players can also hit Catherine. This will hurt her but can occasionally be useful to get her out of the harm's way.


Demon Manor
Catherine is held at the dungeon of a mansion. Guide poor Catherine as she attempts to find her way through the dark corridors. Look out for bats, trap walls, possessed suits of armor and other traps. Look for a secret treasure room to recover supplies.
Haunted Portrait
Now outside the dark dungeon, Catherine must escape from the manor proper. Again, keep your eyes open for bats. Shoot the "poltergeisted" (is that a word?) furniture and possessed pictures. At the end of the level, you will face a large haunted portrait who will attack Catherine with enchanted fire bolts.
Demon Woods
Cursed mansion is left behind but Catherine must still reach the city to escape. Unfortunately for her (and you) her path passes through a dark and ominious forest. Keep your eyes open for evil spirits, cannibalistic fruit and of course, bats. Limited supplies can be found inside the gravestones. Defeat a large number of zombies at the end of the level to reach the next part.
The Sinister Swamp
Stay away from the water. Catherine will be forced to deal with, evil spirits, water creatures who will attack from the river, monstrous fruit and again, bats. End of level boss is a couple of giant, dismembered hands.
The City of Terror
Most difficult level of the game. Which is understandable considering the fact that you are waltzing through a city infested by demons. Careful when passing near derelict buildings unless you want Catherine to become a street pizza from the falling boulders. Fight back possessed, demonic cars and prepare for air defence against bats, who will know swoop down on Catherine like fighter squadrons. You must reach the hotel.
Beyond Horror Hotel
You have entered the hotel, which contains the dimensional gate that will help Catherine go back home. Shoot cyclopic receptionist who will attack Catherine with their eyes. Be on the lookout for spectres who will stalk Catherine throughout the level. Demolish hanged corpses who will use disguisting flies to hurt the poor girl under your protection. You must persevere and reach room 1313. End is near.
The Final Chapter
Your final obstacle is a possessed woman who seems to be a send-off to 1972 movie, The Exorcist. You must shoot all demonic faces appear in the background before they disappear or else the final boss will hit the Catherine with an unstoppable attack.

Magazine articles

Main article: Laser Ghost (Master System)/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 [3]
76 [4]
55 [5]
19 [6]
80 [1]
Sega Master System
Based on
5 reviews

Master System, EU
LaserGhost SMS EU Box.jpg
LaserGhost SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, EU (with sticker)
LaserGhost SMS EU Box Sticker.jpg
LaserGhost SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, EU (Alt)
LaserGhost SMS EU Box Alt.jpg
LaserGhost SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, AU

Laser Ghost SMS AU Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
CRC32 0CA95637
MD5 17F9C50C444DC94E08BA173AB306608B
SHA-1 A21286D282CA994C66D8E7A91EE0A05FF69C7981
256kB Cartridge (EU)