[Beyond PlayStation] Ghost Sweeper Review
Ghost Sweeper from 7 Raven Studios is a 2D game inspired by old-school classic Solomon’s Key. Learn more in our Ghost Sweeper review!
In Ghost Sweeper from 7 Raven Studios on Nintendo Switch, you’ll be taking on a 2D platforming adventure that is inspired by old-school classic Solomon’s Key â€“ a game you can play on Nintendo’s console either as Arcade Archives Solomon’s Key or as the NES port available for those of you with a Nintendo Online account and the Nintendo Entertainment System app. The dark lord has been resurrected from its ashes, and he has cursed the land! Ghosts and the undead now roam free, haunting everything in their path. When there’s something strange crawling around the land, who you gonna call? The Ghost Sweepers, of course!
You will explore eight zones that will take you from the enchanted Dark Forest to the lair of the dark lord himself. To complete a stage, you will first need to collect the key that will open the door that will take you to the next area. To aid you on your quest, you will be able to create â€“ or remove â€“ bricks. Bricks can be used as stepping stones that will make it easier to reach your objective.
Since Ghost Sweeper takes inspiration from Solomon’s Key â€“ which was released in the 1980s in arcades and for home consoles and computers, the controls are easy to get the hang of. You’ll move your hero with the left analog stick, jumping with the B button. You can use your magic power with the A button. One character will use a vacuum to suck up and shoot ghosts, while the other will have a magical gun. You can create and remove bricks by using the Y button. The large gold coins you collect can help you earn diamonds â€“ one diamond for every five gold coins you collect â€“ which can then be used at the shop, which you can access by pressing the + button when on the map.
In exchange for your hard-earned diamonds, the shop offers items such as something to reveal all of the secrets of the next stage you play, a force shield that will protect you from a single hit, a potion that will make it possible to restore magic power to its max capacity, or a magical hourglass that will increase the time limit you will have for completing the next stage you take on.
Your performance on each stage can earn you up to a three-star rating. You’ll be awarded one start just for completing the level. The second star will be for completing a level after collecting all of the available treasure. The third star is for completing the level after collecting all of the available treasure, but only if you do it within the time limit. On top of all this, there’s a fourth star â€“ a red star â€“ that is awarded for completing the mission for that level that will appear at the bottom of the screen, but this can only be done when replaying a stage after you get all three stars.
Ghost Sweeper is a 2D puzzle platformer that pays homage to the classic old-school Solomon’s Key without overwhelming players with a big challenge. It has a colorful presentation with ghosts, zombies, skeletons, floating haunted knights, and more, but it fails to be an engaging and fun experience that will keep you coming back to play. It’s out on Nintendo Switch at a budget price of $4.99.
This Ghost Sweeper review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by 7 Raven Studios.