Ghostbusters Leftovers

Mike / April 27th, 2012

Video description by Mike Matei:
A few years back James reviewed a ton of Ghostbusters related video games for his three part AVGN special. I decided to go back and talk about a few that he missed.




  • MegaMech

    April 27, 2012 at 12:12 am

    First! (comment/like)

  • TehJedicake

    April 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

    People who say first are silly.

  • nanofuture

    April 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I like that James stores his Game Boy games the same way I do.

  • HudsonGameOver

    April 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Haha, I love the plastic trading card sheet holders for the Game Boy games. Why didn’t I think of that? I just had a small plastic bin that I piled mine into. Clever, I know.

  • April 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    hey megamech i’m fifth

  • Tofuninja5489

    April 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Whoa. How do you play games on a casette tape? Do you have to rewind after a certain point?

  • Steven

    April 27, 2012 at 12:45 am

    @tofuninja5489 I never understood how the worked either

  • Sonic Reducer

    April 27, 2012 at 12:59 am


    God you made me feel so old. And I hate you for that. Basically the whole tape has to play. Its filled with static sounds which the computer translates into code. once the tape plays. the game is loaded and you can start.

  • Profoundemonium

    April 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

    The Real Ghostbusters game for Gameboy is actually the exact same game as Garfield Labyrinth, which again is the exact same game as Mickey Mouse IV. They just changed some of the character sprites, which must have been really annoying for anyone who picked up more than one version as a kid. The only other difference is that The Real Ghostbusters has ten more levels than the others.

    • May 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I thought it would be that kind of a game. I looked so much like those Mickey Mouse games for Game Boy.

  • handsome pete

    April 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Janine is also a Ghostbuster.

  • Stylix

    April 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

    @Sonic Reducer

    Don’t feel bad, I used a tape backup drive on my computer when I was a teenager so you dont have to feel old alone. Somewhere I still have a tape full of old DOS games.

  • Profoundemonium

    April 27, 2012 at 1:42 am

    @Tofuninja5489 Usually you just have to play the tape at the loading screen until the whole game is loaded into the systems memory. You don’t have to keep pausing or rewinding.

  • Sonic Reducer

    April 27, 2012 at 1:44 am

    @stylix. I wish I had some still. Oldest format I have now are the original 5 inch floppy disks. Though I still have the tape player for my ZX.. just no games :(

  • Sonic Reducer

    April 27, 2012 at 1:45 am


    thought i said that

  • Aaron

    April 27, 2012 at 2:21 am

    You know Mike, I hope even when James does get back to making internet videos and doing AVGN again, that you’ll still make little side videos like you’ve been doing while he’s away. I really enjoy them. Keep up the good work motherfucker!

  • Jarnor23

    April 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I’m assuming that the PS3/XBox 360/PC recent Ghostbusters game was a bit too new to mention? It’s a pretty sweet game, IMHO, with a good plot and some pretty funny writing at times.

  • lemonman

    April 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I bought two animation cells from “The Real Ghostbusters” to give away as Christmas gifts a few years. I should’ve held on to em!

  • cicco132

    April 27, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Ok. This video sucks. Mike needs to stop his contributions. This was like watching an old WW1 video in history class. Where is the entertainment value? Obviously nowhere near this garbage.

  • mackan

    April 27, 2012 at 3:01 am

    A funny thing about the real ghostbusters for gameboy is that the game is almost identical to Garfield Labyrinth and Mickey Mouse IV. AND, those games were all rip offs of P.P Hammer for the Amiga! (which in return were based on lode runner from 1983) :)

  • arcade

    April 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I loved the cartoon series the most too :)

  • Hackank

    April 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

    OMFG The Real Ghost Busters for the Game Boy is a copy of Solomon’s Key! xD

  • Dr. Forrester

    April 27, 2012 at 4:12 am

    The GameBoy game was definitely just Solomon’s Key with a Ghost Busters face lift

  • 134rry

    April 27, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Nice review mike, think ya covered them all pretty well. gotta say though ya brought some memories flooding back there with the C64 version lmao, compared to the ps3 its amazing how far we have come with the game graphics in such a short space of time!!!! :D

  • Devil_Rising

    April 27, 2012 at 4:35 am

    @handsome pete

    Only in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon. Which, while incredibly awesome, and one of my all-time favorites, is questionable as far as it’s canon status goes. I’ve got no prob. with Janine strapping on a proton pack. I’m just saying.

  • paulisdead

    April 27, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Gald to see a follow up episode. There is one Ghostbusters game you still have forgotten and that’s Ghostbusters II for the Commodore 64. It was hard as fuck!!!

  • jjenjr

    April 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I enjoyed this video. Keep up the good work mike. Also check out ghostbusters extreme its actually a very good show.

  • Dashie

    April 27, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I loved the Video!
    and Mike is awsome!

  • StaarsCommando

    April 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

    The extreme ghostbusters show was a good cartoon. Too bad it didnt make it very far.

  • April 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Don’t blame the commodore for the bad graphics. It’s a tape game, these usually don’t have good graphics since it would take ages to load.

    There is also a Ghostbusters Game on C64 on Disk, which is the same game as the NES version, only with better music, and waaaay better digitized speech (also more samples) (same shitty gameplay) and, as someone already stated, Ghostbusters 2. I once made it almost to the bottom of Level 1…
    btw. it has captured images from the movies that don’t look half bad.

    At least Mike knows how to load a C64 tape…

    also btw. for those having ancient computers with tape drives but no games: You can download games for these systems, use some software that converts the format to a wave form, connect a cassette recorder to your sound card and record it. Now you just downloaded a game from the internet onto a cassette… (did that for Commodore PET and Sharp 700FX, latter is unreliable as hell and the games suck ass)

  • Dragunslayer

    April 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

    To answer the question on Kylie having a weaker weapon in Extreme Ghostbusters.

    The ghosts, for whatever reason, were stronger than they were originally and required upgraded equipment. This included new Proton Packs as well as Traps. The problem was, the traps had to be increased in size to manage this. To make them portable they were worn on the back, attached to the vest that Kylie wears. Which also meant Kylie was the only one to carry the traps on the team.

    As a result of this, she’s unable to wear a standard Proton Pack and instead had a smaller Proton Pistol designed for her to use to give her some form of defense as well as help out when needed.

  • zyklone_bee

    April 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

    No joke, the new Ghostbusters game for the Game Boy is the exact same game as Garfield for the Game Boy. But why?

  • frostare

    April 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Yeah but Nintendo is what Genesisn’t.

    This was a nice review! It actually reminded me of watching an episode of Extreme Ghostbusters. Come to think of it, I didn’t find it bad at all!

  • Auximinus

    April 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Good job. I’d like to see you do more game reviews.

  • GaAyle

    April 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The real Ghostbusters game boy game look exactly like an old NES game, whose name escapes me. But the game play was exactly the same, your character shot the ground to make it vanish and you would trap monsters that way. you also had to collect piles of gold if i remember right. Looks like they made a port of that NES game, changed some sprites and called it Ghostbusters. WTF!

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    that girl from the extreme ghostbusters was cute….I don’t care if she was a cartoon, she was a hot cartoon.

  • Squall85

    April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    The Gameboy Ghost Busters game is a remake of another game. It was released as Garfield in Europe and Mickey Mouse in Japan. The original game is PP Hammer on c64 or Amiga. The New Ghost busters (the EU only) looks really cool! I once had a Gremlins game on Amiga that was really-really hard! The screen was filled with the creatures and you only had a puny flashlight…

  • JCrazy

    April 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Awesome vid, keep up the sweet reviews Mike!

  • kunglinne

    April 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

  • Keynee

    April 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Great job. Hope you continue with more reviews Mike.
    Been loving the extra content lately from you but would love to see more game reviews than movies. (dont stop those tho :P)

  • kinghenry

    April 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Nice collection, only thing I really have is a Ghostbusters II “for promotional use only not for sale or rental” VHS that they gave my dad at Coca-Cola back then.

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The “Real” Ghostbusters? Since when are animated characters “real”?

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Tell me, why is is I sometimes get some question to log-in using Facebook, sometimes I have to log-in through my account, and sometimes I don’t even see a link to log-in? Also, why are there icons but no option to change them to photos?

  • Senna4ever

    April 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    @ Firewall_Philip_Hanan
    There is an episode in the Real Ghostbusters where they watch the movie.
    Work that one out.

  • bullets

    April 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Good review Mike. Also I agree with some of the others , the extreme ghotbusters was a decent cartoon.

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Most of the gostbusters games were terible and as a first game i had the bad luck to play the crazy castle style on GB.That hapened because they didn’t left some good company release the series,like konami for example.Just imagine now how konami would make a ghostbusters game on the arcades from the animated series considering games like the simpsons arcade,xmen,turtles and more of them.And mike sorry to spoil your fun but the genesis version doesn’t seem to me so good just a typical shooter if you ask me,sorry to spoil your fun over there.

  • April 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Oh i forgot to mention that there is a good ghost busters game that is not a clasic 80s game but a ps3-xbox newer game! That maybe the best they have released until now,make a review for that one its great.I didn’t play it yet but i believe its worth yours and james time,since you are big fans as well.Consider the fact that this game its closer to the original story from the movies and i have heard that it was based on the unreleased third sequel for the movie back then that some of the actors have wrote (i don’t remember who) And the sanctum of slime for the psn-xbla as well that i have play the demo and didn’t like that much.I know that you and mostly james like older games but it is time to review some new ones in the near future you guys,so when you done with the movie time for newer shity and good game reviews.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    April 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    HAHAHA!! Genesis DOES!!! Ghostbusters is such an awesome game!

  • April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    OH and nice review again!

  • April 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    and again…genesis does what nintendon’t

  • lapoisse

    April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Good video Mike but I think James & you never talk about an other Ghostbusters cartoon (very very different) that I saw when I was a child:
    The Let’s go Ghostbusters:

  • kinghenry

    April 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I forgot I had Ghostbusters The Game on the PS2 an 360 an d’loaded the DS version on my R4 card one time

  • culwin

    April 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    bustin’ makes me feel good

  • Rinji

    April 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    You should have one where you play an Angry Video Game Nerd, maybe say that you have James locked in the basement or something like that. Either way, good review.

  • lotusclown

    April 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    mike u should seriously do a review of *LoLo* for the nes, i remember renting that piece of shit game when i was a kid and getting grounded for destroying one of my nes controllers over it.. that game was ass!

  • Jekel_n_CO

    April 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Good review Mike, thanks for holding down the fort whist James is off making the movie.
    I hate to be repetitive but I want to throw up one more plug for my NINTOATSER ON EBAY that ends tomorrow… I’m really hoping that a Cinemassacre fan ends up with it! Last plug for it on here I promise!
    See it here:

  • April 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Loved the possible reference to the Left Rights “genesis does what nintendon’t” song Genesis16:12

  • gore4208

    April 28, 2012 at 12:25 am

    ^^^^Actually, it’s a reference to an old ad campaign that sega used against nintendo.

  • April 28, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Holy smoke! I remember checking out that Ghostbusters hamster record from the library when I was little! I NEVER thought I would come across a reference to it in this lifetime, let alone know of someone else that endured it!

  • Mag1922

    April 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

    The first Gameboy game is an almost exact copy of PP Hammer on the Amiga, especially the way he shakes his ass just before entering the door! Ignore the negative comments Mike, you’re doing a great job while James is away.

  • likalaruku

    April 28, 2012 at 3:11 am

    There were two other obscure animated series…Filmation’s Ghostbusters & the Slimer spinoff. Bet they didn’t get any games.

  • Edfeldt

    April 28, 2012 at 4:11 am


    Lolo is probably one of the best puzzle-game on the nes. maybe you just didn’t get it when u were a child because it was to hard?

  • eightytwo

    April 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Did Nintendo really deserve the jab at closing? Oof.

  • GenesisDoes

    April 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I love your final comment you made! Just perfect because it’s so true! Genesis Does what NintenDON’T.

  • johnftw

    April 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Oh snap, its the passive video game nerd! Love the vids, Mike!

  • April 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Great vid, Mike! Without a doubt the Genesis game was the best one for the time. I remember getting the Activision Ghostbusters II on NES as a gift when I was young and I didn’t really read into the awkwardness of it’s design and gameplay too much at the time, I actually took the time to try and become good at it. In the long run, I said heck with it because I also got Dig Dug II with it and that was way more fun lol.

    For the original Activision game, I have it for Atari 2600 and Commodore 64… WAY better on C64 and the repetitive loop of the Ghostbusters theme can be forgiven because the SID Chip is still an amazing little sound chip. If it’s one thing that remains memorable about the C64, it’s the musical capabilities.

    I gotta get me a PAL cart of New GBII, I tried the ROM and I’m so mad we didn’t get that in America. >:(

  • Fana

    April 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t know if someone already talked about it but “The Real Ghostbuster” is also a remake of the game “Garfield Labyrinth” for the GB. Another version of this game contains Mickey Mouse.

  • April 29, 2012 at 2:16 am

    So basically the released a good version and bad version of Ghostbusters II for NES and America got the bad version while Europe got the good one, only it was renamed “The New Ghostbusters II”? What a load.

  • Mr.T Hates You

    April 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Just in case no one mentioned it. The real ghostbusters game on the gameboy is the exact same game as the Garfield’s labyrinth.

    Interesting no?

    Makes me think about that fact James mentioned in his Ghost Busters review about Bill Murray and The Voice Actor for Garfield sharing roles on the opposite spectrum at one point.

  • Withche.07

    April 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I remember as a kid, I played lots of times that New Ghostbusters on NES. It makes me sick seeing someone playing it. It was so hard game, even as a kid, I was really angry while playing it.
    returning back, killing all ghosts etc. stylish but sick game!

  • Senna4ever

    April 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

    @ Tasos Saroglou
    You say the recent GB game was good…but also admit to not having played it.

    To be honest it’s a “good” GB only when compared to other GB games.
    Of itself, it’s not that good of a game. Once you get over the nostalgia factor of it being GB…it’s a pretty inane shooter game overall with VERY little variety.

    I’ve always though GB could be a great RPG style game. A re-telling of the story where you build up the GBs from the start. Invent and upgrade GB equipment, etc.

  • April 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Lmao! Very awesome video! NintenDON’T! :D

  • ifisch

    April 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Lolo really is a great game. I remember hating it as a kid too lotusclown. I think we were just to young to understand it.

  • Lorfa

    April 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm


    Thank you Mike!! So stoked about finding it now.

    Also when I heard Rick Moranis mention SMB, I actually had that embarrassed feeling since he said Super MARE-yo-brothers instead of Super MAR-yo brothers. At the time I was like jeez, is there no adult alive that “gets” Nintendo games? :-P

  • roopjm

    April 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    As someone probably said Filmations Ghostbusters was a cartoon version of a 70′s TV show. Columbia had to license the name for the movie, however they did not get the rights for TV and hence why we have “The Real Ghostbusters”. but I digress….
    That Arcade game was the center point of my 7th birthday party! I spent all my quarters with 2 friends and we beat that fucker! I got a picture somewhere! Great review Mike!

  • J-P

    May 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

    There is also a Ghostbusters II game on PC. It’s awesome game that goes through the whole plot of the movie. With sound card enabled you’ll get the original music (in 16-bit) and some audio quotes from Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. You cannot choose who you’ll play as, but if you don’t catch your ghost, you can see which character gets to assigned to the mental institution. Later you can choose to continue without him or to try to safe your team mate with the remaining characters. Safing a member was probably one of the best parts of the game. Although if you failed it meant even more people being committed.
    (And researching on slime is also a favourite – oh I love that one.)
    I never beat the game, because when walking to the museum with Statue of Liberty, you had to get there in time and also know the correct route. But I never figured it out so it got over midnight and Vigo conquered the World. At least that’s my best guess. I tried it probably gazillion of times as a kid and I never got there.
    You can find Pushing up Roses (Channel Awesome) playing the game here:
    (But she couldn’t figure out how to choose the mouse input and it’s impossible to play well without mouse. So she couldn’t do very well and died early in the game.)

  • May 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Mike you should do a video where you play all the dick tracy games that James didn’t play when he did his review. That would be pretty awesome

  • matko1594

    May 12, 2012 at 4:09 am

    MIKE DO THE SUPER MARIO 2 ON THE FAMICOM DISK SYSTEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wilmz68

    May 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    At 0.48/0.49 secs Mike unleashes a very geeky however very desirable Gameboy game wallet, that holds old classic Gameboy games like they were collector trading cards. How sweet was that?! I gotta get me one of those. Anyone know where or how I can get one of those???? Oh yea’, great Video by the way, Mike!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    May 18, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Great review! I can never have too much Ghostbusters. I’m actually watching through the old show right now. And yeah, I didn’t care for the Extreme Ghostbusters team. Booo!

    Genesis does what Nintendon’t! Indeed! :D

  • superzeldabros

    May 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Screw sega, nintendo is the best

  • Bluesy

    June 2, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I really liked extreme ghostbusters. I’m glad it was Kylie and eduardo that team up because their each other’s love interest in the show. I think that EGB game looked great. If I was aware of it when it came out I probably thought it was a cheap cashgrab using the license but if I had actually seen it, I would have made it a priority to get. Only thing that looked bad were the cutscene stills, I don’t think Mike showed enough of the music though.

  • ThatguywiththeDelorean

    July 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm


  • matt weston

    March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    u should try out Shantae for GBC it like the best game ever, its really pricy though, its like zelda, mario and caslevania all in one and really good.

  • Fei Wong

    March 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I cant understand why you guys use springboard player, its so slow! i cant watch any video lately without stopping every 3 seconds!

  • June 13, 2013 at 1:59 am

    i actually liked extreme ghostbuster cartoon better then real ghost busters cartoon for some reason… maybe because it was darker and less goofy.. and there was a hot goth chick in it… the episode “deadliners” is particularity creepy, even today and was kind of like “hellrasier” movie series meets ghostbusters with people being permanently physically scared and deformed…pretty extreme for a kids show.

  • tommy mcguinness

    June 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    top video, mike, you are fast becoming a cinemassacre legend, new ghostbusters 2 is great, there is the other ghostbusters 2 and the real ghostbusters on the amiga which is ok, but I’d say ghostbusters 1 on the C64 was great for it’s time, the master system remake was nice, the gba one is interesting as you say, but the two I like are the megadrive game and the new GB2 on nes, spot on mike!

  • January 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    even thoguh i saw the movies and the Real Ghost Busters cartoon first, I’ve always like extreme Ghostbusters better. especially Kylie since i had a crush on her when i saw the cartoon when I was little and i’ve always had a crush on her voice actress Tara Strong

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Man, that UK Ghostbusters II looked like a lot of fun still despite all of the flaws you pointed out.

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