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  • Summary: Grim spectres, mischievous gremlins, howling banshees, things that go bump in the night... and that's just your starting team! As an afterlife civil servant sent to Gravenville by the Haunter Committee, frighten lowly mortals from their homes and places of work in a game that puts you in charge of legions of ghosts, ghouls and spirits! Your mission: manage resources to scare and manipulate people, then discover the secrets behind Gravenville... [Empire Interactive] Expand
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  1. 100
    One of the most creative and enjoyable games to come around in a long time. Its mixture of creativity, solid gameplay, and sense of humor make it a game to die for.
  2. Lighthearted humor and creative story elements are unveiled at every turn, pushing this simulation to the head of its genre. [Dec 2003, p.96]
  3. Graphically, Ghost Master is beautiful. Unlike the original Sims game, Ghost Master boasts a totally 3D engine, which allows you to rotate 360 degrees around the locations, zoom in and out, tilt the camera, and change between floors quickly and easily.
  4. Sick Puppies' Ghost Master has turned the whole horror genre on its head, though, and come up with an ingenious anti-mix of "The Sims" and "Beetlejuice"... An original and entertaining idea that has been excellently implemented.
  5. A borderline purchase, mainly pushed over the edge because it's quite fun and inventive.
  6. The gameplay is easy to master and there were no evident bugs in the game. The only thing we could’ve asked for is a little more variation to the overall game.
  7. The puzzle elements are more like extremely simple exercises that you have to complete, rather than challenging problems that need solving, and the same is sadly true for the strategy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    An amazing game. Great idea, very nice atmosphere, also contains a lot of references and parodies. It starts so simple, yet grows harder later, the tasks also range from simple scare-them-all-away at the beginning to rather complex as the player advances in the game. Too bad that there are no plans to make a sequel as far as I know, it could use modern graphics and more missions. Expand
  2. May 30, 2012
    10
    A great game! Fun, interesting, addictive. A sequel would be welcomed. Now they want more characters here.. hbafjlasfasffaawasfasfasfbsrejtdsrhsrhdsrhsrhshhrsrhvbres Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2013
    9
    I got this game really cheap in a steam sale, so right away, my expectations weren't super-high. Mostly I chose it because I've played so many games that now I'm just looking for unique and original experiences and boy did I get THAT with Ghost Master!

    This has been absolutely one of my favorite video games in recent years.

    This is a strategy game where you're in charge of a team of ghosts, each with varying abilities. There are a variety of missions, but most boil down to: Scare these people away.

    In each mission there are new ghosts that you absolutely SHOULD try to release. Once you find them, you can use their powers, which is helpful.

    You have an energy meter that tells how many ghost-powers you can use at once, and in the beginning you have to balance between using a lot of small powers or using one big power. As you scare more people, you get more energy.

    The trick is that often, to release trapped ghosts, you have to scare a few people just enough to bump up the energy meter WITHOUT scaring away the people you need who have to perform some task to free the ghost (like playing a piano, looking in a mirror, or turning on a water pump).

    Later you have the opportunity to UPGRADE your ghosts' powers with new, often more powerful powers.

    The game levels up nicely, with newer missions becoming increasingly challenging, and with the release requirements for some ghosts needing strategy. Later, there are people (such as witches) who have the power to banish your ghosts from the mission (for which you'll lose points, not to mention losing an important team-member for that mission).

    This creates tension and requires you to keep an eye on your ghosts, protect them, use strategy, etc.

    You can also REPLAY missions to go back and free ghosts you missed or just build up more energy you can use to buy new powers.

    There's a LOT of replay value because you can go back later with different ghosts and try the scenario again using other tactics.

    All in all, Ghost Master is a charming, inventive, intelligent and very original and unique game. Those looking for an action game will be disappointed, but people who like puzzles, tactical games and adventure games will certainly enjoy Ghost Master a lot.
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  4. Nov 13, 2013
    8
    This really is indeed quite fun. Appeals to the practical joker in you as you set up a haunting and wait to see what happens, then adding extra bits and... oh, it really is a lot of fun, I don't want to spoil it. Expand
  5. Mar 25, 2011
    8
    Although it could have used a few more locations and levels, as well as being a little less puzzle intense towards the end it`s a great title. Well worth the budget price on Steam. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    6
    Not particularly awesome, the graphics are subpar, but the gameplay is fun enough to pass the time with and for spending less than two dollars on the game, I can't really complain. It was charming at first, but I quickly got bored with the game. I play it now and then just to see if it's better than I think...and the same happens, it's fun for a while but gets old. Not a bad game, some might enjoy it even more than I did, the ghost variety was neat. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2011
    2
    The idea behind this game was good but the game itself became very repetitive and boring rather quickly. This is one of those games that would, in my opinion, only be worth picking up if it was in a 'bargain bin' and even then it's not really worth paying anything for. Expand

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