WotD: The Secret Life of a Primary School Ghostbuster

When I was a wee boy back in the late 80s and early 90s I was a bit of a gamer, now at this point in time the Consoles were yet to fully take hold in the UK so children like myself would have had one the 8 bit computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC or the Commodore 64. I had a Commodore 64 and one of the first games I played was “Ghostbusters” based on the 1984 film of the same name. It was a fairly simple game, there was a map of New York and a square would light up if there was a ghost there, you select the square and go catch the ghost and if successful you would get money. As the game progresses you get a lot more Ghosts and you also have to stop the Marshmallow Man stamping down buildings. If you had enough money you finally get to Zuul and you have to sneak two Busters past the Marshmallow Man to shut down the portal.

En route to ghost catching there was a little driving game where you could score bonuses by hoovering up Ghosts on the free with your ghost vacuum (no, really). For whatever reason my friend and I when playing this bit would sing “We’re driving along the Highway ready to catch a ghost, when we’re home we’ll need some toast.” Proving that we weren’t budding lyricists in the making or had much conception of the rhythms of the English language, I think we just thought it funny. You could chose your car at the beginning and normally we’d got for the one which looked vaguely like Ecto-One in the film and Cartoon, but you could also select a VW Beetle, a saloon car or a sports car.

A very simple game but surprisingly addictive.

Another thing we liked about it was the menu screen had the theme tune *and* the lyrics so you could sing along if you wished… Three guesses if we did if you need them..

Word of the Day Challenge: Driving

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