Golly! Ghost! Japanese arcade flyer.

Golly! Ghost! (ゴーリー!ゴースト! Gōrī! Gōsuto!?) is an electro-mechanical/video game arcade hybrid released by Namco in 1990; it ran on Namco System 2 hardware, and was one of the few video games produced by the company to not have scores ending in "0". It revolves around players shooting ghosts projected on a screen in front of a three-dimensional house diorama to gain a certain amount of points before time runs out.



Arcade cabinet.

Players must use the mounted lightguns (codenamed Zip and Zap) to shoot comical Blue, Yellow, Green and Red ghosts that invaded a house, each worth 1 point, as well a "bonus characters" like possessed hamburgers, footballs, fires, flames, bubbles, springs, and jackets, worth 2-5 points. At the end of each scene, a boss will appear, such as a UFO piloted by a Green ghost and a giant typhoon formed with several ghosts. When players reach a certain amount of points, the game goes to the next scene, however if players fail to get enough points before time runs out, the game ends. After all four scenes are cleared, the ghosts will run away from the house, and the game ends. Players are rewarded based on their scores with tickets, which emerge from a ghost's mouth painted on the cabinet.

Sequel and spin-offEdit

A sequel, titled Bubble Trouble: Golly! Ghost! 2 (バブルトラブル: ゴーリー! ゴースト! 2), was released in 1992 only in Japan. It is themed around sunken treasure, with aquatic creatures like fish and crabs replacing the ghosts (however the ghosts reappear as the bonus characters).

A puzzle PC game titled Golly! Ghosts! Goal! (ゴーリーゴーストゴール?) was released on March 29, 1996.[1]The player moved several colored balls and match them into rows of 5.



  • Much like other Namco video games, Golly! Ghost! would made into a webcomic by ShiftyLook in 2012.
  • A Golly! Ghost! arcade cabinet appears in Bravoman's house in the Bravoman webtoon series.


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