This year marks the 15th anniversary of Ghostbusters, the 1984 hit comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Akroyd and Ramis,
the movie grossed almost $240 million in the U.S., spawning a sequel, two television cartoons, and a variety of video games on several platforms.
The video games are what we’re most interested in here, naturally. The first Ghostbusters based game arrived on just about every home console and computer known to man. Designed by David Crane, the extraordinary programmer also responsible for Pitfall!, Ghostbusters was distinctive due to its business simulation elements and multi-objective game play.
The version most people are familiar with is the Commodore 64 adaptation. After the game finishes
loading (which takes forever on the 1541 disk drive), you are immediately treated to a demented-
sounding voice yelling, “Ghostbusters! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!” followed by the familiar Ghostbusters
theme song. Then a little ball appears and bounces on top of the lyrics in time with the music
(Pressing F1 or F3 begins the game).
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