Manage a team of ghosthunters and free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. Develop your own strategy and build your business well.
User reviews: Very Positive (67 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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"...a turn-based strategy game that could probably be best described as X-COM meets Ghostbusters."
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August 30

"Forgotten Forces", our new dungeoncrawler-RPG, needs your support on Steam Greenlight!

Dear GhostControl-players.
While we are close to releasing the long-awaited update 2.04 for GhostControl Inc., we've got a new game in the making, Forgotten Forces, a grid- and partybased Dungeoncrawler-RPG similar to games like Eye of the Beholder, Might & Magic, Dungeon Master and the likes.
It's currently on Steam Greenlight and needs your support! Please head on over to Greenlight and hand it your votes. Thank you!

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All the best,
Tassilo, bumblebee.

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“Besides the fact that I can’t seem to put it down, 'GhostControl Inc.' fulfills my childhood fantasy of running my very own ghost hunting business nicely.”
8/10 – Dad's Gaming Addiction

“There’s one word that continues to come to mind the more I play GhostControl Inc.: Charming. This game has an undeniable charm that oozes from the fantastic pixel art, silly wording, and simple but tough strategy elements. As long as you’re willing to go broke a few times, there’s tons of fun to be had while playing. Go forth and exterminate ghosts!”
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“[...] GhostControl, Inc is an awesome game! After all, who hasn’t watched Ghostbusters, and wanted to start a business like that? In many ways, it gives players enough rope with which to hang themselves, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t recommend it more highly! [...] I can easily see myself coming back to it to go farther with the game, or start a new one on a higher difficulty setting. So yeah, buy it!”
5/5 – Operation Rainfall

About This Game

Manage a team of ghosthunters and free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. Develop your own strategy and build your business well.

Let's be honest - a ghost in your house can be a real pest. For centuries we have accepted hauntings as unexplained phenomena which we can do little to stop. Side affects of living in a haunted home can include sleepless nights, headaches, smog everywhere and in some cases even physical damage in the house.

Enough is enough, with your help we intend to put an end to these paranormal pests. Build, manage and develop your own team of talented ghost hunters.

With the income from your team's work you can equip them with some amazing gadgets, but manage your budget with care not everything is as useful as it may appear. Hunt your customers ghosts down - property damage should be kept to a minimum. Take on the ghosts, follow the map, take in the lovely sites and stunning landmarks.

Features

Be the hero of the day and save the city!
  • True, challenging turn-based strategy gameplay
  • Loads of ghost hunting with various equipment
  • Team management and strategic investment decisions
  • A London city map with famous landmarks
  • Tons of humour in text messages and game action
  • Original game music soundtrack

GhostControl Inc. Backstage Some data

London Map pixeled in 786,432 dots with several well known buildings like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and many more.

Different level settings like apartment, office, graveyard, The Tube or restaurant will create different challenges for the player.

About 150 ghost hunter portraits for „Harry Frankle“, „Hazel Nuts“ or „Roger Rapid“ - some of them depicting well known gaming celebrities.

About 20 hours of game play.

18 different ghost types and numerous variations with nifty AI. Challenging boss fights with special scripting and a story line for each of them.

More than 58 achievements.

Alarm phone calls start a mission with a unique dialogue systems that creates about 70,000 unique dialogues. On top 800 hand written crazy phone call lines for surprises and to develop the story line.

More than 350 funny context sensitive shoutouts that pop up in speech bubbles and as audio, recorded with female and male voices of professional voice actors.

Over 100 hidden references to other classical video games, movies or books are hidden as text or graphics in the game.

We have created over 90 devices of which most are actually useful in the game and a few dozen are actually pretty useless, but funny.

About 100 news messages are sent to the in-game smartphone to tell players about the story line or some absurd 100% made up stories that the player may or may not read. Also presenting 20 manufacturers of ghost hunting equipment in company profiles.

Original music score composed by Sound Of Games.

Over 100 hand crafted original sound effects.

Background information:

The developers of GhostControl Inc. are big fans of classic games such as GhostBusters, the original XCOM, Theme Hospital and FTL.
In it's classic pixel art retro style the game comes with outstanding original graphics and a funny story line.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7 / Mac OS X 10.8 / Mac OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit and 64-bit systems/Debian based.
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Also sucessfully installed on Ubuntu and Gentoo. Try demo first.
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
I really like the game, reminds me on childhood games from the 90s.
+ It is Ghostbusters ähh ...control
+ Mix of tactical, strategic and economic
+ graphics (which you just might hate)

- too few ghosts
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I'm getting some classic X-Com Vibes from this game. Sure, it's not aliens but ghosts, and it's not got anything like the base building of X-Com, but the "Eliminate the enemy by not destroying too much of the place you're saving" element? It's there.

So far, a fun game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
ghostbusters meets xcom, easy to learn very addictive.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
If you enjoy Turn-Based Strategy, Ghost Busters and/or Business Management, there is no way I could recommend this game more highly than I do right now.

Pros: Ghost Busters Simulator (but not so much like Ghost Busters it feels like plagiarism), a great depth of tactics and strategy afforded by different character classes (not so much) and a huge arsenal of weapons with varying abilities (this is what truly adds the depth of strategy), a decent amount of monsters that handle uniquely and require different strategies, decent replayability, great humor in dialogue and missions.

Cons: Buggy achievements, certain combinations of enemies can lead one to feeling like it was a cheap defeat, eventually you WILL run out of things to do (and unfortunately this doesn't take a HUGE amount of time to happen), rather limited party (three in the field at any given time even though you can hire quite a bit more, there just isn't any reason too, especially since stats level up with character usage, it's rarely beneficial to use anything but the same 3 characters in the field.)

Of course, pros and cons paints a pretty limited picture. This game has a lot of interesting systems and mechanics from weapon upgrades, vehicle upgrades and even base upgrades. There is a lot to do in this game and a lot to see, but most people will probably beat in a week with casual play times, a few days with more dedicated time and for the truly dedicated it could easily be beaten in a day.

As much as this game is amazing, and especially with additional content currently in limbo as it's been some time since an update, I would only recommend this game at full price to people who are FANS of all genres this game caters to and fans of the Ghost Buster angle. For everyone else, I recommend waiting til this goes on sale.

Personal Rating: 9/10 (charming pixel graphics, great audio, good controls, amazing game play and content.)
Unbiased Rating: 7/10 (short "campaign", aka list of objectives, buggy achievements, unsure future for the game, steep-ish price for the amount of current content.)

Also, my biggest gripe with this game is how ridiculously overpriced the emotes are, I want to collect them all!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Good Game alot like the old ghost buster game.
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