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Extreme Ghostbusters PC Software

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM , Categories: Extreme Ghostbusters, Reviews & Merch
Even though Extreme Ghostbusters lasted a mere 40 episodes, and was on the air for just a few months at the end of 1997, that didn't stop publisher Light & Shadow Production (LSP) from acquiring the license and releasing a handful of Extreme Ghostbusters video games. Oddly, they released them four years after the series ended!

Being a European publisher, most of these games were not available in the United States, so I can't say that I ever played Extreme Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Invasion (PlayStation 1) or the simply titled "Extreme Ghostbusters" for Gameboy Color. The only one of their titles that was released in the U.S. was their Gameboy Advance platforming/driving game, which lost its "Code Ecto-1" subtitle when it traveled across the pond.

In addition to console games, they also released two pieces of PC software: Creativity Centre and Zap The Ghosts!. Although these "games" also did not make it to the U.S., being that they are for the PC, and not locked to a region-specific console, meant that they could be easily imported. As such, I bought a copy of each.

Fitting in with my mission to digitally preserve Ghostbusters history, and keeping in line with my general "10 years and out-of-print" policy, I present complete downloadable copies of the Creativity Centre and Zap The Ghosts! software. Click on the covers below to download. Creativity Centre (208 Mb), which can also run on the Mac, does not require installation. Just unzip and run. Zap The Ghosts! (77 Mb), however, does require installation, as well as Direct-X 8.0 (which is included). Full minimum system requirements are listed below the covers. In addition to the files from each disc, also included in each zip are scans of the DVD case artwork, disc artwork, and a PDF of the Zap The Ghosts installation manual that I personally scanned and assembled.

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CREATIVITY CENTRE (view case art)
• MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - WINDOWS 95/98 or later, Pentium 200 Mhz, 32 MB RAM, SVGA (800x600), 65535 colors, CD-ROM (4X) drive, sound card, Mouse. MACINTOSH G3, Microprocessor: G3 233Mhz, Main memory: 32MB, CD-ROM 24x drive, Mouse, Operating System: Mac OS 8.1, 800x600 display. Recommended: color printer.
• LANGUAGES - English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch.
• DESCRIPTION - RecreBox invites players ages 5 and up to play and personalise their daily world with the heros from the cartoon Extreme Ghostbusters. Find the most famous ghost hunters of all time in fascinating games and amazing creative activities! Includes a print studio, five games, and four creative workshops.

ZAP THE GHOSTS! (view case art)
• MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - Windows 95 or higher, Pentium 200, SVGA (640x480), 65535 colors, 4x speed CD-ROM drive, Sound card Windows compatible, 32 Mb RAM, 75 Mb available disk space, DirectX8 (supplied).
• LANGUAGES - English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch. (languages shown as flags on menu, listed from top left to bottom right)
• DESCRIPTION - Once again the team of Extreme Ghostbusters must capture ghosts who have come to invade the city! Play as Kylie, Garrett, Eduardo or Roland and zap as many ghosts as possible as quickly as you can. If you succeed, you might get the privilege of playing with Slimer...but you'll have to set new records in challenge mode!!! Load up your proton weapons and experience 50 game levels to become a real Extreme Ghostbuster! Features: Five playable characters, thirty game levels, three game modes (Arcade, Challenge and Contest), amazing ghosts graphics, create your own levels using the level editor, and challenge your friends in 2-player mode!
Light & Shadow Production went out of business around 2004/2005, just a few years after their Extreme Ghostbusters games were released. The LSP website is long gone, but the Internet Archive did archive a few things that you may be interested in seeing. For Creativity Centre, there's press release #1 and press release #2 (pdf version). For Zap The Ghosts!, there's the official webpage and a press release (pdf version).

Also for your interest is a gallery of cards from Creativity Centre, that I uploaded to the Spook Central Facebook page.
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