Video Game: Grabbed by the Ghoulies
A game by Rare Ltd., released for the Xbox in 2003 after a pre-release conversion from its original design for the Nintendo GameCube
. Starring Cooper, a frightened but brave teenager whose girlfriend Amber is quite literally "grabbed by the ghoulies," yanked from Cooper's side by a pair of gargoyles and taken into Ghoulhaven Hall, a Haunted House
along a road the duo wandered down after making a wrong turn. Half the game is spent trying to rescue Amber, the other half is spent trying to get to the master bedroom of airplane-obsessed Baron Von Ghoul so you can give him a thorough beating and steal the key to the front door.
Humorous and entertaining, but highly unsuccessful sales-wise. The game's lack of commercial success is repeatedly referenced for laughs
in later Rare titles, such as Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
Despite its lackluster initial sales, the game has been re-released as a download from the Xbox Live Arcade
, where it currently holds a rating of just over 3/5 stars based on 2,000+ votes, showing that it has gained at least modest popularity.
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