Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
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  1. This is one of those infamous games that you'll pick up long after completion just for the fun of it.
  2. The game took me back to the days when gameplay was solid. This is definitely a title that will be replayed over and over as the years pass.
  3. Its level design, easy to learn combat system, humor and challenges posed by the icons that show up in each room make you want to play just one more room that will keep you up way too late. That, my friends, is the true mark of a fun game.
  4. Despite the excellent presentation, Grabbed by the Ghoulies really didn’t have much of a story or a linear progression. It was more like a series of ongoing monster-bashing challenges – even the ending was rather anti-climatic.
  5. Play Magazine
    83
    A smorgasbord of visual bliss, superb animation and a level of arcade-style design that channels the spirit and fun of Smash TV, bringing that stickiness into the modern era - and what could be cooler than that? [Dec 2003, p.82]
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    82
    Although it's worth the 5-10 hours of your time that it will take to complete the main game, we honestly expected a little more. [Dec 2003, p.80]
  7. One of the most refreshing, fun and downright brilliant games I've played this year.
  8. The game explores some good new gameplay techniques, like fighting with the right analog stick. Even with the innovations, there is still enough holding the game back from greatness.
  9. While the cartoon like graphics are cute, they hardly take advantage of the Xbox's power. Many of the enemies and objects in the rooms lack detail. This noticeable shortcoming shouldn't detract much from the fun - and often frantic - game play.
  10. The controls are a bit loopy, but the sheer fun you'll have solving the ghoulish mysteries forgive everything else. [Xbox Gamer]
  11. 80
    The gameplay is diverse, and it’s backed by strong graphics and audio...The main downside is with the nontraditional controls.
  12. The simplistic gameplay and controls make it easy to pick the game up and play without frustration. Because the gameplay is so simplistic, Grabbed by the Ghoulies risks growing old quickly on some people.
  13. Weekly Famitsu
    78
    8 / 7 / 8 / 8 - 31 silver [Vol 803; 7 May 2004]
  14. The dual control stick gameplay is an interesting twist on traditional methods of control, but after the novelty wears off so too will your patience for its overly simplistic nature.
  15. The linear gameplay, camera system and shortness of the game make this not a title for everyone, but it still warrants a glance just to witness the goodness that is Rare.
  16. A fun game (at least for a while). Its downfall is that even if the average gamer can get past the controls, they're going to get turned off before finishing the game due to its repetitive gameplay.
  17. 75
    First of all, the overall length of the game is quite low and the fact that you can’t really die doesn’t help in this respect. Secondly, the action within the game is unbelievably redundant.
  18. While a pretty easy game even with shocks and grim reaper, is a pretty fun ride.

Awards & Rankings

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#44 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
2
#2 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Aug 6, 2016
    7
    What happened to Rare? I mean this game is fine but we made critical acclaimed games but now rare get mixed reviews and their games to beWhat happened to Rare? I mean this game is fine but we made critical acclaimed games but now rare get mixed reviews and their games to be strange and generic. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2011
    9
    This may be a tad bias of a score for this game but whatever. This was my second favorite Xbox game. For kids who aren't ape about graphics,This may be a tad bias of a score for this game but whatever. This was my second favorite Xbox game. For kids who aren't ape about graphics, or gameplay (or story for that matter), this game is hours of fun. It was the first game where I really got to interact with just about every non background piece of the environment and beat stuff to a pulp with it! If your just looking for something to pass the time, not an Illiad of gaming, this is a great buy. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2017
    10
    I give this game a genuine 10/10, not because of nostalgia, but because I re-played this game through its entirety, and I loved every minuteI give this game a genuine 10/10, not because of nostalgia, but because I re-played this game through its entirety, and I loved every minute of it. The game is challenging, yet rewarding; a pinnacle game of its time. It shines in it's score of music (Grant Kirkhope), and it shines in its graphics and attention to detail. The fighting system is probably my favorite part of the experience; it's something totally crazy that I haven't seen in any games in a very long time. Grabbed by the Ghoulies is a game that still stands as a fun and artistically intriguing game, even to this day. Full Review »