Ghostbusters World hands-on: We ain't afraid of these AR ghosts

CNET | 10/22/2018 | CNET staff
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Ghostbusters World, a creation of FourThirtyThree, is spooking its way onto phones Monday, when it'll be released on both iOS and Android. Several of us at CNET have been playing with an early beta version to see what it's like to capture ghouls and ghosts while on the go.

We've crowdsourced our thoughts for this hands-on, but the short of it is that it's very much like Niantic's Pokemon Go with a few spirited tweaks.

Stay - Puft - Marshmallow - Man - Ghostbusters

Yes, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is in Ghostbusters World.

The game is blatantly a Pokemon Go clone (which is neither a good nor a bad thing.) But from the mechanics and arbitrary wait times, to the progression and lingo (hatching ecto-orbs... really?), the experience is identical.

Things - GB - World - Center - Lore

The things that stand out in GB World to me center around the lore. FourThirtyThree went to great lengths to establish a consistent look based around the current run of Ghosbusters comics being published by IDW and pull in a lot of meta-humor and cameos spanning the extent of Ghostbusters story-dom.

Featuring references from the original movies, ghosts and critters from the "Real" cartoon series and even name-drops from the comics... it's pretty satisfying and woven in seamlessly. Some of the writing is a little stilted, but a few solid jokes have slipped through in my limited playtime.

Aspects - AR - Capture - Segment - Lot

The unique aspects include a much more developed, challenging and rewarding AR "capture" segment, that requires a lot more skill than the rolling of a dice that is throwing a Pokeball. Quick reaction times and resource monitoring actually come into play when catching ghosts which is fun.

Yes, toilets can be ghosts in Ghostbusters World.

Core - Gameplay - Story - Mode - Quest

Beyond that core gameplay, there is a unique story mode that takes you on an RPG-like quest (completely with ghosts powered by the four elements: earth, fire, wind, water) and this provides...
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