3 out of 5. A Mini-Metroidvania as advertised. While not the best "Minimalist" Metroidvania I've played, it's still a fun diversion with a cute theme if you enjoyed Ghost 1.0.

How Metroidvania is it? High Fit. More ''Metroidvania'' than Ghost 1.0, harkening back to the old MSX Metroidvanias that inspired games like La-Mulana.
Primary Challenge: Ranged Combat
Time to beat: ~2 hours
Review Info: Mini Ghost was played on Steam.

More Info

Developer: @unepic_fran
Publisher: @unepic_fran
Sub-genre: Mini Metroidvania
Features: Map System, 2D Platformer, Ranged Combat, Cute, Sequence Breaking, Family Friendly, Single Screen/No Auto-Scrolling
Difficulty: Medium
Linearity/Openness: High Gating - No Handholding
Platforms: Windows, Steam
Release Date: 2017/04/28
Available Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian

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Buy Mini Ghost if you like…

  • Ghost 1.0
  • Old MSX style
  • Short Games where the value comes from challenge running
  • Steam Workshop customization

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It’s a Mini-Metroidvania as advertised. While it follows the pattern of wandering around a map collecting power-ups, there’s a special emphasis on buying power-ups as well. While I did not buy every one available, I still had to grind a little bit to get the ones I wanted, along with the ones I really needed. The game lets you save on every screen if you’ve cleared all the enemies, so save scumming is a natural strategy to go along with its clunky retro mechanics.

For this kind of simple display of Metroidvania tropes, I prefer something like K.O.L.M or Dungeon of Zolthan, but this was a fun little diversion nevertheless. I clocked in about 2 hours for completion.

If you’ve played Ghost, there’s a cute little comic strip before and after you beat the game that you might enjoy. But if you were expecting something profound out of this “prequel” you’re not going to find it.

If you’re into streaming games, this has a few options that are intended to enhance that purpose. You’ll also get a lot more out of this game if you enjoy hunting for achievements, or modded content.

Final Score


Scoring system overview

Metroidvania Breakdown

– 3

Basic but effective MSX/NES style shooting

– 2.5

Occasional difficult jumps with swarming enemies to knock you off the platform

– 3

A good large map to explore, but a lot of power-ups are obtained by grinding money instead

– 2

Some bosses require specific items to beat

– 2

If you liked Ghost 1.0, it's a cute theme, but pretty much throw-away even if you are a fan of that game

– 2

Appealing ancient pixel art style - can get a lot of skins through Steam Workshop

– 2

Catchy tunes from Ghost 1.0, but now MSX style and on infinite loop. Gets old

– 2

This game was strictly designed for challenge running and even includes streaming options. That said, not much to make subsequent runs different other than improving your skills

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