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Ghost Master
Developer(s) Sick Puppies
Publisher(s) Empire Interactive, Feral Interactive (Mac)
Designer(s) Gregg Barnett, Chris Bateman
Release date(s) May 23, 2003
December 21, 2006 (Steam)
Genre(s) Puzzle, Strategy
Mode(s) Singleplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: +7 ESRB: T
Platform(s) Windows, Mac
Media CD, Download (Steam)
System requirements Pentium® III 450. Windows® 98,ME,XP,2000. NVIDIA® TNT2 3D card. 128MB of RAM. 750MB of HD space. DirectX® 8.1.
Input Keyboard and Mouse

Ghost Master is a puzzle/strategy game for the PC. It is among a small selection of games that pit the player in the role of the enemy (see also Dungeon Keeper). In this case, the player assumes the role of a Ghost Master, a seemingly bureaucratic spirit tasked to perform certain duties. While the bulk of a Ghost Master's duties consist of hauntings, a Ghost Master may also be 'called in' to increase belief in the supernatural, avenge deaths, and conscript renegade ghosts. Because a Ghost Master cannot directly interfere in the world of mortals, he is given a team of subordinate ghosts to do so. When not haunting, the Ghost Master is responsible for the training of the ghosts under his command, using rare gold plasm to purchase new abilities for his minions. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (468x665, 88 KB) Summary Ghost Master cover. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Empire Interactive is a UK based video game company. ... Feral Interactive is a young publishing company that was set up towards the end of 1996 to publish games and other software that for various reasons did not fit with the release programs of the large established publishers. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Chris Bateman is a game designer and writer who is best known for his work on the games Discworld Noir and Ghost Master. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A puzzle is a problem or enigma that challenges ingenuity. ... A strategy is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, most often winning. Strategy is differentiated from tactics or immediate actions with resources at hand. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... It has been suggested that Keystroke be merged into this article or section. ... Feral mouse A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent that belongs to one of numerous species of small mammals. ... Dungeon Keeper is a PC strategy game released by Bullfrog Productions in July 1997. ... James Pembridge and Laura Webber investigate haunted locations in the UK. Soon to be part of The Paranormal Magazine]] Image:P1090036. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The game was published on Mac OS X by Feral Interactive. Mac OS X (official IPA pronunciation: ) is a line of proprietary, graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Feral Interactive is a young publishing company that was set up towards the end of 1996 to publish games and other software that for various reasons did not fit with the release programs of the large established publishers. ...

Contents

Basic Gameplay

Note: It is important to note that many of the game's characters are not ghosts in the technical sense. Regardless, this article will use the term 'ghosts' as a generality. This article is about the paranormal. ...


In all but a few levels of Ghost Master, the goal of the game is to cause all mortals to flee the area in fear and/or succumb to madness. Named after popular horror movies, Weird Séance (Weird Science), The Calamityville Horror (The Amityville Horror), The Blair Wisp Project (The Blair Witch Project), etc.), Ghost Master plays similarly to a real-time strategy game. The player first chooses the ghosts he wants to field in the level. ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Weird Science (1985) is a movie written and directed by John Hughes. ... The Amityville Horror is a best-selling book by the author Jay Anson which was published in September 1977. ... The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 low budget independent horror film, financed and distributed by Artisan Entertainment. ... Real-time strategy (often abbreviated as RTS) is a genre of computer wargames which take place in real-time, where resource gathering, base building, technology development and high-level control over individual units (harvest, build, destroy) are key components[1], which distinguishes it from related strategy wargame genres, such as...


The player cannot field every ghost in every place. Each ghost has one or two types of objects (or fetter) it can be attached (or bound) to. For example, a ghost who died during a robbery could only be bound to a Murder Fetter, whereas a water spirit can only be bound to a bath, sink, or a simple puddle of water. The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as... A bathtub A bathtub (AmE) or bath (BrE) is a plumbing fixture used for bathing. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Another limiting factor is Plasm. This numerical resource dictates which abilities a ghost can use. As a human becomes frightened, Plasm is generated. With more plasm, stronger abilities (and more ghosts) can be fielded at any one time. This, in turn, creates more Plasm.


Once the objective(s) for a level has been completed, the game rates the player's progress. Many factors are considered, including time, amount of impact on the mortals, and how many mortals fled. If the player is able to complete the mission fairly quickly, there is a multiplier added to the final score. This score determines the amount of Gold Plasm is given to the player, which is used to add more skills to their ghosts. There are several things called a Multiplier. ...


Trapped spirits

Each level also includes various 'trapped spirits' haunters who are bound to a particular fetter or location, the ghost master can attempt to solve their problem and, if successful, the spirit joins the ghost masters team and can be used in future scenarios.


Examples of trapped spirits include 'Weatherwitch' who is trapped inside a vacuum cleaner, 'Blue Murder' a policewoman who was shot by criminals who were informed of her impending arrival by an unknown informant within the police station and 'Hard Boiled' a poultergeist formed from the spirits of countless chickens who want to exact their revenge on "the mysterious individual known only as 'The Colonel'".


Mortal defenses and abilities

Inherent

Each human in the game is different in how easily it can be scared, and what can cause it to become scared in the first place. All mortals have a belief bar, which partially determines the efficacy of a ghost's powers upon them. Every human also has conscious and subconscious fears which are particularly effective on them. These are unknown at the beginning of each level, but some ghosts have the ability to expose these fears. Scared was the first full-length album by Californian punk rock band $wingin Utter$, released in 1992. ...


For example, a human with a low belief bar and a no special fear of spiders would not be particularly unnerved by the appearance of a spider in his vicinity. However, if that human's subconscious fear was Fire, seeing a room ignited in flame would be extremely effective.


Some areas are protected by wards, either spiritual or technological. Haunters cannot be directly moved into wards, nor can they be 'benched' once inside. This requires the ghost master to find alternate means of sneaking the haunters over the threshold and, if necessary, moved back outside once they are finished.


Special

Somewhere between average humans and your ghosts are priests, witches, and Mediums. These humans have the ability to banish your ghosts that you have fielded. An alert is shown on screen when one of your ghosts is in danger of being banished, and the player must quickly release the ghost (or benching) the spirit before it is fully banished. Banished ghosts are no longer usable during that level, and are returned after the mission is complete. Also, a large score penalty is levied on the Ghost Master who allows one of his or her ghosts to be banished. Roman Catholic priest A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ... Mediumship is a term used to refer to a person who claims to communicate with spirits of the deceased and passes on messages from the spirit world or Heaven to people on earth. ... See Exile (disambiguation) for other meanings. ...


Ghostbreakers

Ghostbreakers (poking fun at Ghostbusters) are the most dangerous mortals, from a supernatural perspective. They are able to detect and banish ghosts at a much faster speed than the above humans. Having very good technology, they are able to field special wards, which prevent the player from fielding, or benching, ghosts trapped underneath them. Only if the electrical generators are destroyed will these wards fail. Ghostbusters is a 1984 sci-fi comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists. ... A ward is a department in a hospital or similar such institution. ...


The three main Ghostbreakers are named after Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd. Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... William James Bill Murray (b. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...


Reception

Ghost Master rated highly among critics, but was not a popular seller. ([1], search for Ghost Master), and there are no plans for a sequel.


Interestingly, the game ends with a cliffhanger, with the Ghostbreakers bringing in a bomb that would completely erase supernatural presence in the city the game takes place. Because of the lack of a sequel, a bonus level was released for fans, which provided some closure. Sadly, the bonus level is only available for the UK version of the game, and there are no plans to release the level for the US version.


The bonus level is included in the Steam release of the game.


Trivia

  • Several mission names and plots are humorous references to popular culture:
    • "Weird Séance" - Weird Science.
    • "The Calamityville Horror" - Amityville Horror.
    • "Summoners Not Included" - the name is a parody of a well-known line on many electrical products ("Batteries Not Included"), while the plot closely mimics that of the movie Evil Dead.
    • "The Unusual Suspects" - The Usual Suspects (loading screen shows several ghosts are standing in a lineup).
    • "Deadfellas" - Goodfellas (takes place on a mobster's yacht, and several trapped ghosts have been "whacked" by him).
    • "Poultrygeist" - Poltergeist.
    • "Phantom of the Operating Room" - The Phantom of the Opera.
    • "The Blair Wisp Project" - The Blair Witch Project.
    • "Spooky Hollow" - Sleepy Hollow (the ghost Dragoon is an obvious reference to the Headless Horseman and the ghost Scarecrow bears a close likeness to the Tim Burton style Scarecrows seen in this film and The Nightmare Before Christmas).
    • "Ghostbreakers" - Ghostbusters.
    • "Facepacks and Broomsticks" - Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
    • "Full Mortal Jacket" - Full Metal Jacket (takes place on an army base).
    • "Harriet" is a rabbit-shaped phooka, similar to Harvey.
    • "What Lies Over the Cuckoo's Nest" - a combination of What Lies Beneath and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (takes place in a mental hospital).
    • "Magenta Quinn" Name forged from Rocky Horror Show character Magenta and the actress portraying her, Patricia Quinn.
    • "Ursula Kadrow" is taken from the name Ursula Boffei and is played by Lisa Kudrow.
    • "Leon Compowski", one of the patients in the asylum in the level "What Lies Over the Cuckoo's Nest", was a character in the first episode of the third season, of the Simpsons and was played by Michael Jackson. The bio tells us that the staff refer to Leon as "the big white guy who thinks he's the little black guy", exactly what is said about Leon in The Simpsons.
    • "Maxine Factor" is a haunter who used to be a travelling make-up saleswoman, her name is a reference to the makeup company Max Factor.
  • Some Ghosts are based on ancient mythology
    • "Wisakejak" is a Coyote trickster spirit, the name comes from a popular Native American trickster, more commonly seen as "Wisakedjak"
    • "Harriet" is a phooka trickster a mischievous spirit from Celtic folklore
    • "Brigit" is the Ghost of an insane bride-to-be, left at the altar, and takes her name from the Celtic Goddess, most commonly known as Brigid or Brigit, but also known as Brìde, among other names, being the Goddess who represented the female spirit; wives, mothers etc. - among many other things.
    • "Windwalker" is a wendigo, a malevolent spiritual being and devourer of human flesh, seen in Algonquian mythology
    • The two Fire Elementals "Firetail" and "Sparkle" are salamanders, long believed to be magical lizards born from fire, due to their habit of sleeping in damp logs prepared for firewood.

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External links

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Apple - Games - Ghost Master (1099 words)
Ghost Master takes place in Gravenville, where 15 scenarios await you in 3D environments that include a family home, a police station and an asylum.
You bind each ghost to a fetter, which is a room, object or person that they stick with exclusively.
Ghosts that you can bind to a single mortal are useful when you need that mortal to do something as part of the requirements for a scenario, but you get more scare for your plasm by deploying spirits who can scare a group of mortals at once.
Featuring Ghost Master Review at ActionTrip (1633 words)
After playing Ghost Master, I have to admit that the idea of haunting houses and spreading terror through the neighborhood is quite riveting.
You are a Ghost Master and your simple duty is to haunt houses and spook the living daylights out of the citizens of Gravenville.
Ghost Master turned out to be a successful mixture of various genres, which establishes excellent gameplay mechanics and presents an extremely challenging experience.
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