Released on Switch just in time for Halloween, Spooky Ghosts Dot Com is an adorable eight-bit platform shooter. As Ruby, a pink-haired, cat-obsessed ghost hunter, you will discover the grounds of a haunted mansion, blasting spiders, skeletons and ghosts along the way.
In spite of its easy, pixellated graphics style, Spooky Ghosts Dot Com lays the cuteness on thick, from the grinning jack-o’-lantern save points to the collectible hidden bonus products, which as an alternative of the usual treasure or mystical objects turn out to be cats to pet.
The game even begins with Ruby at her laptop or computer browsing on the internet cat images ahead of the e-mail from the mansion owner arrives to start off the game appropriate.
I identified the pleased small spiders and affectionate cats a good break from the usual horror tropes and jump scares, but your mileage might differ if you are not into cuteness, this may possibly really feel like a November 1st Candy Corn hang-more than.
That mentioned, for all the lighthearted cute components, Spooky Ghosts Dot Com absolutely has some difficult moments. This is not really on the Super Meat Boy level of intense challenge, but there are sufficient super-heated steam vents, spike pits and buzz-saw blades that you will need to have to time your jumps very carefully.
And apart from the standard ghosts and spiders, there are some unexpectedly difficult enemies, as effectively. Skeletons bearing spiked shields can not be blasted from the front and have a tendency to jump at the very same time you do, even though floating specters will chase immediately after you unless you are hunting at them straight, at which they’ll freeze like the Weeping Angels from Physician Who.
For all its occasional challenges, Spooky Ghosts Dot Com can be completed in a evening – preferably Halloween evening, of course – or in all probability a lot faster, if you are the speed-operating kind.
It is also an excellent release for the Switch – the original Computer version was released about a year ago – in that it can be enjoyed in smaller sized, bite-sized morsels (Halloween candy reference totally intentional).
This is a great point, as there’s only so a lot caramel apple sweetness you can digest ahead of providing your self a tummy ache, but if you like your autumn entertainment sweet and silly as an alternative of sour and scary, this game is really a treat.
Spooky Ghosts Dot Com is out there by way of the Nintendo Game Shop and Steam.
Watch the official Spooky Ghosts Dot Com trailer beneath: