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Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast Review (iOS)

Posted by on August 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I ain’t afraid of lookin’ like a fool. Yes I am.

Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast takes busting ghosts to a whole new level. Thanks to the technological magic of augmented reality, fans of the coolest movie franchise can now trap actual free floating aparitions “virtually” anywhere.

When I wasnt greeted with the familiar swaggering voice of Ray Parker Jr. as the app loaded, I died a little bit inside. Ghostbusters just isn’t Ghostbusters without that infamous theme song! The injustice doesn’t end there. All of the sound effects from the machinarey are completely foreign — like generic sounding versions. I was honestly surprised to see that it was published by Sony instead of a 3rd party. Fortunately, my dissapoint fades into a misty vapor and develops into the good pink slime of approval.

Maybe I can pick up half a chicken breast while I’m there…

The mobile game is reminiscent of the first Ghostbusters game found on the Atari and Nintendo. You’re given a map, this time based on your location, and it’s your job to clean up the town before it’s taken over by spooky spectres. Sounds familiar, right? That’s where the similarities end. You’ll find that that Boston Market down the street from your house is having issues with a monsterous ghoul. Say what? Does that mean you have to drive over to Boston Market to catch ghosts? No, unless you want to look like a complete dickless moron. You can play this game in the very depths of your basement.

Why is there an anime character in here?

GBPB lets you choose between several different male and female busters. Due to not being able to use the original Ghostbusters likeness, they’ve gone “Extreme Ghostbusters” on us. Each character seems to be over-stylized to the point of silliness. For instance, why is the blonde wearing a skirt? They’re essentially ghost janitors. I’ve never seen a spunky, cute janitor before.

So, there was a Pilgrim in my backyard. I had to take him out. Sorry.

Ghosts and or ghouls vary from level to level. Some are easy to catch, some make you fling your iOS device all over the place so much that you’re likely to spew some slime yourself (thank you, augmented reality). After finishing a mission, you’ll collect coins and petty cash. You’re able to purchase abilities for the gear such as a stasis beam or a proton bomb with petty cash. The coins you collect help pay for upgrades to your equipment. I found these to be obtained much easier than the typical Farmville-like games. Sure, you can pay to have all the equipment instantly, but what’s the fun in that?

All in all, it’s a fun game to play when you’re not in public. The lack of Ghostbusters SFX and music is incredibly disappointing. They were so close to having the perfect Ghostbusters mobile game, yet they messed up yet again.

5/10 FleshEatingZipper

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