Grim spectres, howling banshees, and sly gremlins are yours to command as you unleash ghastly spirits on the town of Gravenville and scare the wits out of its citizens. In the world of the Ghost Master, spooks do your bidding, as you solve puzzles and unlock mysteries in a challenge that combines the best of strategy, adventure, and...
User reviews: Very Positive (524 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 23, 2003

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"Kinda looks like the sims but instead of taking care of the people you try to spook them out of their houses by placing ghosts and spooky traps."

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Grim spectres, howling banshees, and sly gremlins are yours to command as you unleash ghastly spirits on the town of Gravenville and scare the wits out of its citizens. In the world of the Ghost Master, spooks do your bidding, as you solve puzzles and unlock mysteries in a challenge that combines the best of strategy, adventure, and resource management games.
  • Up to 15 unique, hair-raising adventures with multi-branching scenarios - all within a coherent plot and complete virtual world.
  • Spook's-eye view - an innovative 3-D camera lets you view the action from the perspective of humans or ghosts.
  • Revolutionary special effects, incredibly detailed characters, and macabre settings inspired by classic horror films.
  • Groundbreaking artificial intelligence-interact with up to 30 AI-driven characters at every level.
  • Eleven expansive and distinctive locations, including the town's lunatic asylum, military base, sorority and frat houses, and police station.
Ghost Master © 2003 Empire Interactive Europe Ltd. Developed by Sick Puppies, a studio of Empire Interactive. Europe Ltd. Ghost Master, Empire and "E" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Empire Interactive. Europe Ltd. in the UK, Europe and/or other countries. All rights reserved.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Pentium® III 450. Windows® 98,ME,XP,2000. NVIDIA® TNT2 3D card. 128MB of RAM. 750MB of free hard disc space. DirectX® 8.1. Mouse, keyboard.
    Recommended: Pentium® IV 1.5GHz. ATI® Radeon™7500/NVIDIA®GeForce2 3D card. 256MB of RAM.
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39 of 40 people (98%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Background: Bought for pennies in the steam sale, never heard of it before.

The Good:
* Brilliant premise, locations and characters
* Decent tutorial (does miss out a few useful hints)
* Tons of ghosts to play with with fun interactions
* Varied scenarios are brilliantly Scooby Do fun to explore
* Trial and error hauntings are both good and challenging
* Good balance between creepy and fun
* Fun voice acting on the ghosts, Sims mumbling from the humans
* Most missions are sub 30mins for quick diversions
* 20 hour campaign, some replay value

The Bad:
* Graphics are dated.. looking Sims 2-esque
* NPC Characters get hooked on the scenery, other glitches in pathing
* The ghost/human menu is clunky and could give better feedback
* Golden Plasm too easy to waste while learning the ropes
* Replay and Upgrade-mansion interfaces are more awkward than seems necessary
* Some hints on releasing bonus ghosts very vague
* Cries out for more direct control and visually targeted attacks
* Some scenarios have triggers you have no control over make the game too easy

Impressions: Some games look great but are boring, others the reverse, this is the latter. It reminds me of the Commandos crossed with Hitman and The Sims 2 games.. looks dated but the game play shines. The game lovingly tiptoes around remaking famous setups from horror movies (the Evil Dead one is great) without getting so close they get sued.

Recommended for: Strategy fans who like replay value and Sims fans who like to drown their vassals in ladderless pools.

Conclusion.: 8/10. A game that triumphs in mechanics over visuals.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
It's a shame that many people aren't aware of Ghost Master because it's a great game. If you were one of those people who enjoyed tormenting sims in The Sims, then this game is for you. If you're a person who likes paranormal or ghost themed video games, then this game is for you. If you enjoy light strategy and puzzle solving, then this game is for you.

The game cost me less than a dollar and I've put 25 enjoyable hours into it. There are dozens of ghosts to experiment with and each can be upgraded, adding a degree of personalization to the way you tackle missions. The game is over a decade old, but while the visuals aren't anything to write home about the stylistically cartoonish art direction means that it hasn't aged poorly.

I'm sure initial perceptions of the game are that it is a casual shovelware title, but it's to your detriment if you write it off thinking so. Give it a try the next time you have a dollar from selling trading cards during the next sale.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
This is one awesome game and I wish they would make an update, sequel or a remake of it. You are the ghost master and are in control of where to place different ghosts with different abilites. At the beginning of the level you select your team of ghosts and try to solve the problem for the level. Might be something like having the authorites come to a certain room to find out about a previous murder, or scare everyone out of the building. This game can be frustrating when you are trying to figure out what to do next, but it is hard to beat when everything is working. If you like different kinds of puzzle & sim games I would highly recommend this one. It is very original and fun.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Exercise your demons! Seriously, you get to work them out and level them up so that you can bring more amusing scares to the locations you are haunting. I've loved this game since it's release more than 10 years ago.

That being said, it is an old game and crashes a bit from time to time which can be a pain on some of the longer missions.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
This game is the complete opposite of the sims. Basicly you scare them from their homes instead of keeping them. With the right abilities you can have full enviromental control. Being the Ghost Master you'll have almost full control over your ghosts making this a reverse horror game. Also there's movie references everywhere.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
This game is so fun. I love scaring everyone. JUST GET IT ALREADY.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
11/10 2spooky4me
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
A neat gem of a game from the past that I think would be worth your time and money, Ghost Master explores a concept that will maybe remind you of Dungeon Keeper and other games where you are the "bad guy". In this case, you'll control a group of ghosts, called "haunters", in an attempt to scare the hell out of mortals. It's a Strategy/Puzzle game, and some missions require you to complete different tasks from scaring. Most of these special tasks involve using mortals to interact with certain objects that your ghosts can't use (not correctly, at least). All the ghosts are unique as each one of them as their starting skills and base behaviour (altough many details are never addressed by the game, it's something you pick up with experience). All of them have their special fetter, or a place where you can "bind" them, or summon them in the livings' world. Fetters vary from free roaming to being linked to a peculiar condition, with varying rarity. Often, strict links mean powerful ghosts. Most of the ghosts will be locked at the beginning, and will need to be rescued during missions. Each one of them as its unique rescuing requirement. But I already spoiled too much, I'll let your curiosity take over and try out this little art piece ;).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Sadly, rather little known but an amazing game about.. well.. ghosts.

The game resembles sims, but without any stupid need to take about little people. No, you actually get to disrupt their routine and provide them with a fresh new set of nightmares, all free of charge!

The big guy, reaping his own head in half and bleeding all across the room to scare mortals?

Caspersque ghost spooking people by chasing them across the building?

The large spider which makes arachnophobia entire new level of scary?

Well, that and dozens of other spirits at your command with only thing on their ectoplasmic minds - to make lives of pathetic mortals as scary as possible. Definitely worth a try, especially for it's low price!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Ever wonder what would happen if you threw a handful of spiders into some random womans face? Well you too can live your dreams! Does lighting a whole rooms occupants on fire excite you? You might be a psychopath. Do you enjoy old "B" horror movies, but wish that you could be the one to drive them insane? Play Ghost Master now, a game about haunting stupid people in hopes that they'll make a sequel. SPOILER ALERT: They arent going to make a sequel.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
I loved this game. And it is very cheap for the game time and the enjoyment.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
spoopy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
This is one of these games you return to every few years simply because there's no game like it
(although I believe there was a game on kickstarter, forgot the name, tell me if you know it).

Ghost Master gives you the controll of several ghosts, demons, poltergheists etc. and your goal is simple; scare every human in the level. Each mission you will have to choose the ghosts to work with. Your ghosts all have different abilities and may take controll of various household equipment and other stuff in order to scare the **** out of the npc's.
The game is not very difficult unless you want a 100% score each mission.

Obviously, since the game was released back in 2003, the graphics are not top notch but since it's played from a top-down view it shouldn't be that big of a problem.

At the moment of writing, the game is only 75 cents (normal price: 5,-) so you can't really go wrong there.



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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
This game is an instant classic. You won't see any scaring games being released around this era of gaming.

Ghost Master is game where you bind and equip ghosts into the houses/places of people you want to scare. You can also unlock new ghosts that are somewhat trapped in the houses you try to clear out. The game offers not just scaring out of the blue but it also makes use of certain situations like for example if the residents are non-believers then you have initiate a certain event like a hidden dead body to be spotted by the residents. By doing so, they will slowly become vulnerable to your scaring tactics and powers. Each ghost has its own specialty and powers and their binding points depend whether they are fitted for indoors, outdoors, or both. You can also train your ghosts so that they can learn new powers or enhance their scaring abilities. It's your choice of strategy whether how you want to scare the current residents. The main goal of the game is to scare out all the residents from the house.

I recommend this game to anyone who loves the classic scaring games genre.

NOTE: If you want this game, you should buy it during a sale. This game is more likely to be on sale during the Fall Sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Yep treat yourself get this game, you can't go wrong with Ghost master.

This may be over ten years old but the gameplay and the humour here are timeless - total classic.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
If you ever played Evil Genius, Dungeon Keeper, or any other games in that niche genre - This is a title you must own to complete your collection. Do not let it just go by or be ignored!

(I'll rewrite this review at some undisclosed time in the future with further details - Feel free to message me if you want specifics about this game! Don't let my low time mislead you, this is because I use a mod to play the game and Steam does not take into account my modded playtime.)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
This game is neat. I'd recommend checkin it out. It wouldn't be a waste of your time.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
2 spooky
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
This is one of my favorite games EVER! I highly recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
fun premise but let down by poor exacution and ageing
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