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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Do you dare step into a haunted house full of dancing zombies, cursed mummies, and boxing skeletons? Grabbed by the Ghoulies tests your courage as you play as Cooper, a kid on a mission to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. She's trapped somewhere in the ominous Ghoulhaven Hall, which is rifeDo you dare step into a haunted house full of dancing zombies, cursed mummies, and boxing skeletons? Grabbed by the Ghoulies tests your courage as you play as Cooper, a kid on a mission to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. She's trapped somewhere in the ominous Ghoulhaven Hall, which is rife with monsters, traps, and scares. But don't worry--you'll have more than 100 household objects, including chairs, pool cues, and fire extinguishers, to bash the ghoulies with. But be careful--if you fail to get through Ghoulhaven Hall, you'll become a prisoner there forever. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. This is one of those infamous games that you'll pick up long after completion just for the fun of it.
  2. 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]
  3. 80
    The gameplay is diverse, and it’s backed by strong graphics and audio...The main downside is with the nontraditional controls.
  4. Even though the gameplay found in Grabbed by the Ghoulies borders on being shallow, it makes up for it with its inspired presentation.
  5. 60
    The game oozes style out of every orifice; the problem lies with the repetitive nature of the game. It’s not something you can play for great lengths at a time, though these short periods can indeed be fun.
  6. It might be worth a rent if you are really bored and have nothing but an Xbox and a weekend alone. I would suggest taking up reading or writing or some other monotonous hobby than to waste your time on this game.
  7. GameNow
    16
    A boring, repetitive snoozefest that can't decide if it's for kids or adults. [Jan 2004, p.64]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Jan 19, 2019
    10
    ABSOLUTE masterpiece created by Rare. This game is dank to the Frank to the Frank to the dank
  2. Me
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    100 is all I can say its the best ever.
  3. Heather
    Feb 8, 2004
    9
    ONLY the cutest game ever! I totaly fell in love with it. It has great graphics and the game play is awesome! True, It may be a little ONLY the cutest game ever! I totaly fell in love with it. It has great graphics and the game play is awesome! True, It may be a little repetitive in some areas but the wide varitey and variations of characters, rooms and challanges makes up for it. Really it is a fun game, and the difficulty is just right.....until you reach the end that is. The Barron is impossible to defeat, so I have found. (If anyone has beat it, please tell me how.) But honestly people try the game for yourself. It's one of those addicting, can't put it down kinda games. Expand
  4. JamesI.
    Oct 27, 2003
    8
    Everyone seems to have a different opinion about the controls of this game- I think they're ok, simple, intuitive, although a bit Everyone seems to have a different opinion about the controls of this game- I think they're ok, simple, intuitive, although a bit sluggish. It's nice to see a visually impressive, funny game on the Box that's made for kids/girlfriends. And people who say that the gameplay's repetative probably haven't played the later levels, where the challanges vary considerably. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. SteveE.
    Nov 28, 2003
    7
    Graphics and presentation top class gameplay average.
  7. Sam
    Jun 25, 2006
    0
    A horrid, ugly, dorky, and nonetheless repetetive disaster that is nothing more than a collection of poor gameplay elements left completely A horrid, ugly, dorky, and nonetheless repetetive disaster that is nothing more than a collection of poor gameplay elements left completely unrealized. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#32 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#2 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003