The land of Gunzabar is ruled by an evil Goblin King. Under his reign, all manner of evil monsters wander the land freely. But there is a prophecy. It is said that one day, a ghoul hunter will rise up and slay the last goblin king. The current king knows only one ghoul hunter, and suspects him of being the one who will fulfill this prophecy.
This hunter is Galdar, the merciless berserker who has indeed slain many a ghoul, and is now training his son, Thulgar, in his ways. Thulgar has progressed so far, that he has earned a nickname from many... Ghoulboy.
The king orders Galdar to be imprisoned, hoping this will end the prophecy, and ensure his reign is a long lasting one. However, he did not account for Thulgar, who has set out on a quest to slay the Goblin King and rescue his father, and all of Gunzabar, from his clutches.
The game was released on November 6th, 2017.
Ghoulboy contains examples of:
- Airborne Mook: One enemy type is a giant insect with a skull over its face.
- Big Bad: The Goblin King, who lets monsters roam the land of Gunzabar freely, and kidnapped Thulgar's father to try and halt a prophecy that would end with his downfall.
- Dem Bones: One enemy type is a skeleton that falls apart when defeated.
- Double Jump: Thulgar can do this.
- Floating Platforms: What platform game would be complete without them?
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Thulgar can recover health by eating food.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chest: The game has big red and yellow chests that Thulgar can open.
- Kid Hero: Thulgar is a child out to slay all monsters standing between him and his father.
- Oculothorax: One of the bosses is a giant floating one-eyed head with a mouth full of sharp teeth.
- One-Word Title: Naturally, with the title being "Ghoulboy" and all.
- Retraux: The game is done in 16-bit style, with chip-tune music to boot.
- Rewarding Vandalism: Thulgar can get items by breaking things.
- Rule of Three: Thulgar starts the game with three lives.
- Side View: The game is viewed this way.