Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. If there’s something strange … then it is the fact that there is nearly no story in this game. But fans will still have a good time with the game due to the gameplay that simply entertains.
  2. Line-quoting Ghostbusters aficionados should have no trouble overlooking the game’s occasional gameplay flaws to revel in the fun concepts and remarkable fan service Ghostbusters: The Video Game provides on the DS. Even when a tad flawed, bustin’ feels good.
  3. An above-average handheld movie tie-in. Half of the game plays well, and keeps you coming back for more with missions that don’t take too long, and offer a nice level of challenge. The other half, however, is a tremendous chore that seriously hurts the experience as a whole.
  4. In the end though, the RPG-type elements outweigh this repetition and make it a fun play, especially if you are any sort of Ghostbusters fan or one who likes to game on the go.
  5. 65
    The concepts, overall design, and multi-character system works great. It’s just a bit too rough all-around for this first Ghostbusters endeavor.
  6. Overall Ghostbusters in its DS incarnation is more of a collector's item than a lasting entertainment.
  7. 60
    The Ecto-1 segments are painful and the camera doesn't always behave the way you want, but blasting ghosts on the DS has never been this fun. I recommend checking it out if you are a die-hard fan of the series, but everyone else would be wise to rent first before taking the plunge.
  8. Contains both ghosts and busting, but neither is as fun as it should be, despite good intentions. A chore to play through. Boo. [Sept 2009, p.68]
  9. It's suffering from similar feelings of neglect. [Dec 2009, p.94]
  10. Forget about calling Ghostbusters. Call a priest to exorcise this game of its broken controls, repetitive missions, and lame driving sequences.
  11. Some busted mechanics and picky controls will make you think twice before bringing these Ghostbusters on the road.
  12. Ghostbusters: The Videogame for Nintendo DS has a few neat ideas that have not been deployed nicely. The simplistic gameplay is anything but a flaw in this installment, but developers slipped on a few annoying design issues which prevent from enjoying what's good in the cartridge. This careless adventure of the four Ghostbusters is a flawed product recommended only to fans of the franchise and younger players.
  13. Ds version of Ghostbusters does not entertain like the home console versions.
  14. The DS version should be avoided by anyone wanting to experience a similar thing on the go; the changes made here are just too drastic, and poorly conceived to create anything of much merit. Stick with the PSP version if you must have the Busters with you at all times.
  15. The cutscenes convey the Ghostbusters franchise as good as one could expect. They are filled with great graphics, great voiceovers, and movie-quality sound effects. The rest of the game has trouble living up to the cutscenes. In fact, the game has trouble living up to standards of a good DS game.
  16. In the end, is Ghostbusters the worst game I've ever played? No. It just pales so much in comparison to the other versions that it's not even worth picking up for anyone other than diehard fans of the series.
  17. The gameplay shows a few signs of quality in the story missions, but it falls apart in the horrendous driving sections and bland side missions. Ghostbusters die-hards who only have a DS should look into this game, but everyone else should steer clear.

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