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Ghostbusters Remastered (The Real)

Hack of Ghostbusters


This is a complete modification of the US version of Ghostbusters on the NES.

  • Overhauled graphics (99% original. Character sprites and Slimer adapted from The New Ghostbusters 2 on the Famicom).
  • Doubled performance on many sections of the game.
  • Much improved gameplay/controls everywhere.
  • Heavily rebalanced game design.
  • Countless bugs fixed.

The Mapper has been modified from 3 to 66 and rom was expanded by 32000 bytes to accommodate the new voice.

New in version 1.1:

  • Added cheat code for easy mode (start with $10k) and easy mode ending. A+B+Start at the title or lyrics screen. A sound cue replaces the Ghostbusters yell, confirming it.
  • Added visual feedback for PKE penalty when a ghost enters the Zuul building.
  • Updated title screen to include “The Real”, “Visit” and version number.
  • Code for building infection completely rewritten for stability, reliability and balance.
  • Fixed correlation of blinking buildings and buildings that contain ghosts (buildings used to secretly have ghosts and not blink).
  • Slightly reduced ghost speed on higher PKE levels.
  • Can’t enter Zuul building just by reaching 9000+ PKE anymore.
  • Fixed fuel barrel hitbox.
  • Better car control.
  • Slightly increased sound generator efficiency.
  • Faster parking on GBHQ.
  • Marshmallow Man’s animation speed increased when destroying buildings.
  • Fixed sign graphics for floor 16.
  • Ghosts inside Zuul move a lot faster towards food now.
  • Fixed bug where you could “enter” a road, loading to the gas station.
  • Proper graphics for destroyed buildings after coming back to the city map from another scene.
  • City buildings color coded: purple buildings (non destroyed) can be infected.
  • Some items are now fully refundable.
  • Added “REFUND” subtitle under respective items.
  • Fixed the bug where the game would pause when holding the B button on the map. The unexpected pause looked like a crash.
  • Fixed HUD glitch when reaching the top of Zuul Building.
  • Can no longer enter empty or destroyed buildings.
  • Fixed bug where it wouldn’t refuel at the gas station if on zero cash.

Known problems:

  • After laying the ghost food ghosts will move for a little while before being attracted to it.
  • When capturing ghosts on the road section, if the player runs out of gas the captured ghosts will respawn on the map screen.
  • On the road section sometimes ghosts or bonus money sprites can get stuck while parking.
  • The HUD will not update when a gameover is reached or when scrolling messages. Gameover will trigger on 9999 PKE as normal, though it may not display the updated value in those cases.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Ghostbusters (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File SHA-1: C2FAE32AC6C49DA99CD779BADBB64825E35D4C2F
  • ROM SHA-1: F411C7903452C9470C8BF73FED334C485F14A8E4




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User Review Information

Bustin' Feels Good Again.

Reviewed By: moonmaster1 on 16 Oct 2019

I have been very excited to play this hack and was a bit put off my the initial stages of the game. It made sense to start with no money, after all you spent the last of the petty cash.

What I found is that after you obtain the ghost vacuum at the shop, take your ghost icon on the main map and drive over the ghosts heading towards the zuul building. Then on your way to your next location, drive a tad slower than your normally would. (I personally drive 88mph.)

When you see a ghost on the road, get close and hold the A button. Do that three more times and you get 1600 per trip. Same thing applies for gas barrels. Should help keep the money rolling in to afford an unlicensed nuclear accelerator or two.

The main highlights of the hack are Its shiny new graphics with some inspiration from New Ghostbusters II, The excellent new voice clip when starting the game, Mr. Stay Puft coming out to wreck buildings like the Sega Master System version, better driving mechanics, and a cheat mode to start the game of with a loan.

My only criticism with this hack would have to be the missed opportunity to improve the variety of music offered aside from the Ghostbusters’ theme. No other version improves on this front either, but so muting the game works too.

All in All, this is what the NES version of the game could and should have looked like, what it should have played like and should have sounded like.

If this hack replaced all the other copies of NES Ghostbusters, I would be a happy camper.

Bet James Rolfe would sleep better at night too.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Excellent improvements to version 1.1 Mode easy!edwinmusic17 Oct 20191.1Yes
Bustin' Feels Good Again.moonmaster116 Oct 20191.1Yes
Pretty but extremely hard to start off withexodous14 Oct 20191.0No