Ghostbusters II (NES)
Ghostbusters II is the second Ghostbusters game released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and a tie-in to the film sequel of the same name. This time around, the Ghostbusters are forced to take on the evil Prince Vigo, who intends to reincarnate and take over the world at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day.
While Ghostbusters II isn't an especially good game, it's nonetheless a lot more playable than Ghostbusters (NES) was, following the plot of the movie much more closely (including the famous scene of the Ghostbusters bringing the Statue of Liberty to live and controlling it with an NES Advantage) and going for straightforward platform game action. The main flaw with the game is the stages where you drive Ecto-1, which if anything might be even worse than their notorious counterparts in the first game. In the end, while there are certainly far worse movie tie-in games on the NES, Activision were apparently dissatisfied enough that they refused to publish the game outside of North America, and instead commissioned HAL Laboratory to create New Ghostbusters II (NES).
Much like the first Ghostbusters game, you'll spend a lot of time listening to the Ghostbusters theme. Fortunately, this time around it's only used roughly every alternate level instead of playing non-stop on a loop, and Mark Van Hecke provides a fairly decent rendition of the theme. Most of the music is taken from the film, and generally speaking it's one of Van Hecke's better NES soundtracks, though the arrangement of the classic R&B song "Higher and Higher" sounds pretty clunky and off-key in places, suggesting it may have been a late addition to the game.
|01||Ghostbusters Theme||Ray Parker Jr.||Mark Van Hecke||4:15||Download|
|02||Player Select||Mark Van Hecke||Mark Van Hecke||1:09||Download|
|03||Prince Vigo||Randy Edelman||Mark Van Hecke||0:40||Download|
|04||Ecto-1 Stage||Mark Van Hecke||Mark Van Hecke||1:23||Download|
|05||Higher and Higher||Gary Jackson, Carl Smith||Mark Van Hecke||3:11||Download|
|06||Auld Lang Syne||Traditional||Mark Van Hecke||0:32||Download|
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