Heads up: Beeline Interactive's Ghostbusters [Free] game is now available on the App Store. Set in the universe of the films, it's a simulation game tasks you with building up your own Ghostbusters HQ by, uh, making money busting ghosts and researching said ghosts. Chances are if you've played one or two free-to-play games over the last couple of years, you'll feel right at home with this one as it seems to rock basically the same mechanics.

This isn't the first official Ghostbusters bit of media we've seen on mobile, but it's certainly the first one that really has nailed Spengler's hair. So, that's something it has going for it. Jury's still out if the free-to-play busting is making us feel good.

  • NOEN

    I've put about 20 mins into the game so far and it's pretty cool, but like I said, I'm only 20 mins in. Beeline usually does a pretty good job.

    • Artfoundry

      Yeah, same here. It's basically a cross between Middle Manager of Justice and Battleheart. Fairly faithful to the IP but with extra stuff thrown in to flesh out the game mechanics.

      • camiam321

        And the music isn't some "stand-in" for the familiar tunes we love.

      • DoctorDoom80

        It's taken from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, perhaps as an end-around to the infamous death grip that Ray Parker, Jr. has on the movie theme song rights.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matoman86 Mathew Field

        There seems to be no answer for this level 5 - manual business? Anyone passed level 5 yet?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.fine Joshua Fine

        I'm got all 4 busters to level 10. I purchased the 25% boost with the free cores that came with the game to get past the 4th and 5th floors, as well as the Dr. Jacobs ghost in the science building and it has been smooth sailing since. I have not spent a penny on extra things.

  • MidianGTX

    Lack of iPad retina doesn't exactly make me feel good. The Simpsons did it!

  • FuZion

    Yet ANOTHER dual currency grinder.

    Are studios just sharing the code with each & slapping their own graphics on these things?

    • senador

      Wondering this too. I don't mind IAP but so many games are getting it so wrong lately.

  • 5aga

    waste of a good franchise.

    you know what would have been cool?

    and augmented reality game using your iDevice as a proton pack to zap ghosts in a real environment

    • MidianGTX

      You lost me at augmented reality. One day, far, far into the future, someone will make an AR game that doesn't suck... but not now.

    • James Andrews

      You mean "Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast" which is exactly as you describe, and sadly also as bad as MidianGTX suggests (well it's fun for a few minutes, I'll give it that).

  • HelperMonkey

    Not that interested, but that logo does have a powerful nostalgia factor working for it.

    Long live Bill Murray.

  • Wizard_Mike

    Not too far into the game yet, but it's pretty cool so far. Music almost sounds like it's straight out of the movie, which is a nice touch. The action sequences play like a Battleheart type game, which is kind of odd (tank, dps, healer ghostbusters?) but it's fun all the same.

    Not sure if I'm going to hit some nasty pay wall at some point or not. I've earned a couple of power cores (the premium currency) in game already (haven't played very much yet), so that's a good sign.

  • KiwiRed

    The pay wall looks to be level 5. You have to beat some pretty darn hard ghosts to get the item you need to access higher levels, and the level is wiping the floor with me. I get the feeling that you're expected to purchase a fourth buster to progress (or maybe purchase a team boost) - and power cores look to be extremely limited as in-game rewards, so don't expect to get many from playing.

    • Steven Fisher

      I got past level 5 without paying. The trick:

      - do all available research and technology improvements; this takes a long time, but it isn't you playing the game
      - go on plenty of busts to be able to afford eco vests, especially for your scientist
      - know the capabilities of each Ghostbuster class, and play them appropriately (your scientist should be used entirely for keeping the others alive)

      Once you get all the components in place, you'll sail through the tower. In fact, I tried level 6 immediately after and beat it first try.

      At the moment, I'm finding the levels hard again. But I have lots of uncompleted research available, so I'm pretty sure I'll be competitive again once it's done.

      I will stop playing when I need to buy consumables, but so far it hasn't happened.

  • DoctorDoom80

    If you remember the original Activision Ghostbusters game for C64 or older computers, the one David Crane made, this is basically an updated version of that.

    • thall72

      That's funny... I don't remember my c64 nagging me about in app purchases. Maybe that's because that's when actual gameplay mattered and every single title was not designed as a ATM machine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625297686 Louis-Francois D.-V.

    I passed the first real boss. I did not use ANY bought power cores. I also got my 4th ghostbuster by paying 20000$ in game (go through the list it IS there at some point). I am now stuck at level 5 for each of my 4 busters and cannot find a "manual". I am not having any difficulty so far... this game ROCKS!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/nigel.mellor.73 Nigel Mellor

      I am stuck with this manual issue as well with all my characters

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.tseng.5 Tseng Patrick

      So are you find a "manual" and are you been level 6? How can you teach me. Tnx

    • http://www.facebook.com/skot1 Skot Miller

      anyone figure the manual issue out yet/????

    • http://www.facebook.com/alan.leggett.75 Alan Leggett

      You have to beat the fifth floor of the hotel to get the manual. Which is easier said than done...

  • Mentepuf

    What are you people whining about?? This is an excellent game, i've not spent a penny on it and i'm waiting for the 16th floor update to come out! What is the problem with floor 5, i don't really remember it but i cannot remember it being harder than any of the other floors? I too hired Joel with 20k ingame bucks, and managed to hire Venkman with power cores i won by beating the marshmellow man. Venkman, Tara and Michael are up to level 15, Michelle and Joel up to 10, thanks to the manuals found on the different floors. Really, i've spent hours of fun with this title, so please, show some respect for beeline for releasing a great free game and quit bitchin about the pay wall; it's just not there..!