Ghost Master - Be The Ghost!

Ghost Master - Be The Ghost!
In Ghost Master, you get to control a group of ghosts and try to frighten out sorority sisters, rescue trapped ghosts and much more!

We bought this on the recommendation of a friend, and I have to admit that the idea was an amazingly neat one. It is very much like Dungeon Keeper but with ghosts. You get a well detailed house to work with, with multiple rooms and multiple floors.

The graphics are great, and you can move easily between the floors, examining the items in each room, zooming in and out, turning around.

You attach each of your ghosts to an item in the house and give them a set of instructions. Some ghosts create spiders, other shake objects, others cause electrical items to go haywire. Each level has its own objectives - scare out all the humans, help a ghost go free, lure police to a certain area to discover a corpse. It's a riddle to figure out which best combination of ghosts and ghouls will achieve your objectives.

The spooky music is neat, the way the well-designed characters move around is quite neat. You can follow a given person around and learn about their fears, you can watch as they become more and more terrified. It's sort of like the Sims meets the Amityville Horror.

However, we encountered a BIG downside that we simply could not resolve. Despite having a rather high end system that plays all other current games without any issue, we hit problems with both the video and sound on this one. The video was only randomly annoying, with the beds turning into tie-die neons swirls, for example. We could live with that. But the sound was INCREDIBLY annoying with constant stuttering and loud machine-gun-like noises. We tried many different solutions to fix this but the issue remained. We could only play the game with all sound turned off and subtitles turned on. It took away a lot from the gameplay.

If you can get this to run on your system configuration, I'd recommend it highly to any fan of sim-like and dungeon keeper-like games. But be prepared to return it (or give it away to a friend) if your system seems to act as if a poltergeist is inside it when you run the game.

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