“ Manufacturer: Take 2 / Publisher: 2K Games / Genre: Action / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 12+ / Max. Number Of Players: 1 / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / ESRB Descriptor: Suggestive Themes / ESRB Descriptor: Fantasy Violence / Release Date: February, 2007 „
"Ghost Rider" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2007 by 2K Games. It is based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its violent content.
The gameplay is split into two distinct parts across 25 levels. Over half of it is contested through side scrolling fighting scenes and the remainder are through driving scenes on a motorcycle. In the initial stages, Ghost Rider will progress through side scrolling areas while being swarmed by various enemies. While there are numerous enemies in any given confrontation they are generally easy to defeat due to Ghost Rider being equipped with his characteristic chains. These chains are used in battle and deal high amounts of damage to those which come into contact with them. The game also features somewhat of a roleplaying element as when enemies are defeated they occasionally drop "soul orbs". These orbs are exchanged for the learning of new attacks or upgrading the damage of existing ones. After these have been completed the game switches to motorcycle events which feature Ghost Rider speeding through roadways and attacking all fellow motorists who attempt to do the same to him. The game is generally easy to complete and I did not find myself challenged by any of the enemies in either method of play.
The graphics are presented from either a side scrolling or trailing view focusing on Ghost Rider. The character himself is animated very well. In keeping with the comic book series, his hands and chains are covered in flames and these react to each strike by growing larger and more intense while moving. The enemies are also well detailed and feature horrific characteristics to give the overall appearance of the game a slightly demonic tone. The audio is also accented with numerous orchestra like compositions which fits this tone very well.
Overall, Ghost Rider is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. It is an action packed video game and remains and enjoyable play throughout its shorter duration.