In these games, players will be playing the part of a ghost, so they won’t want the Ghostbusters to help.
There are ghosts in movies, cartoons, and TV shows all over the world. They even show up in video games, mostly as bad guys like in the different Ghostbusters movies. But that makes me wonder, what about games where you play as a ghost or other spirit?
There are a lot of games in which the player is a ghost. Whether it’s a traditional bedsheet with holes for eyes or a scary ghostly figure. Some of these games might not be scary, but crossing over to the other side is a unique experience.
Avenging Spirit can be played both in an arcade and on a Game Boy. Even though the images are different between the two versions, they both play the same. Players are shot and turned into ghosts, which sounds scary, but the game is funny and has a cartoon-like look.
Then, players can take control of enemies like mobsters with guns in levels. It’s not a very well-known game right now, and there’s no good way to play it properly. Luckily, curious gamers can use emulation to play it.
Crawl is an easy-to-get-to game, unlike Avenging Spirit. It can also be played on most modern platforms. It is an independent roguelike dungeon game with a focus on playing with other people. One person will be the hero, and the other three will be ghosts. These ghosts can take control of traps that hurt the hero or monsters.
It’s a unique idea for a ghost game and for a game with more than one person. Since it’s an old game, it might be hard to find a random online multiplayer event. So, it might be time to get together with three other gamers instead.
Geist is one of the many games that can only be played on the GameCube. Players take control of John Raimi, a man whose soul is taken away by a terrorist group. This doesn’t kill him, though, because the experiment gives John the power to take over anything, from guards to buckets with mops in them.
At the time, the idea of a gun on the GameCube was crazy. It’s a shame that so many of these memories are stuck on the hardware, but remasters are common. Even though it wasn’t perfect, this one was worth the wait.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Because Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective came out again, it gave me the idea for this list. It’s great that a good adventure game that was only available on the DS can now be played by more people.
In the movie Ghost Trick, a strange guy named Sissel dies. Sissel can take things with her, just like most of the other ghosts on this list. This is a puzzle game, which is the main difference. Sissel can also go back in time, so if she solves a certain problem, it will change the past.
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Murdered: Soul Suspect is about Detective Ronan O’Conner, who has a lot of tattoos, and how he dies on the job one day. The great detective comes back as a ghost and has to figure out who killed him and why there have been other strange deaths nearby.
Geometry Dash Subzero changed the adventure game type by letting players do more with the world, like look at things and walk through walls. It’s also crazy as hell because ghosts that look like Dementors from Harry Potter are after Detective O’Conner. There aren’t many games like it because the pace isn’t consistent and the graphics aren’t as good as they could be.
The Outbound Ghost
The Outbound Ghost is a younger independent role-playing game that was influenced by Paper Mario. The players wake up in the afterlife as ghosts who can’t talk. Soon, they meet other ghosts who are willing to help this new one on his way.
As in most RPGs, players will spend some of their time working puzzles in the overworld and the rest of their time fighting battles. It is played in turns, and attacks are based on stickers that players find in the world. Eventually, players can add new people to their party.
The 3rd Birthday
Geist has a similar plot to The 3rd Birthday, except that the main character, Aya Brea, agrees to have her soul sucked out of her. Like Ghost Trick, there is also some time travel. New York has been hit by a disaster, and only Aya can use this soul device to figure out what happened.
Her soul is sent back into the machine, and since her normal body can’t take much damage, she can take over other bodies. The background of how this game came to be is complicated, but The 3rd Birthday is part of the Parasite Eve series.
The newest game on the list is Rogue Spirit, which just got out of early access in 2023. The player wakes up as the spirit of a dead samurai in a yard. In a roguelike action game that never ends, they can take over other foes.
The rules of possession are similar to those in other games, but the Japanese theme is new. It’s a roguelike game where you have to spend a lot of time to get better prizes. If roguelike fans keep at it, this could become their new passion.