Ghost Lop is an excellent Ghostbusters themed puzzle game by Data East from 1996. It
combines the fast action of an Arkanoid style game, with the quick thinking of a Bust-A-Move
type game. The game was re-considered for release in 2001, but SNK's untimely demise later
that same year may have ended that possibility. Data East was best known for its' Chain Reaction
/ Magical Drop series of puzzle games, and even later included the Ghostlop characters in one
of the later releases for modern home game systems.
Data East was one of the best 3rd party licensees for the NEOGEO. They released a total of 6
games for the system, and all of them are fun games to play. Ghost Lop would have made a nice 7th
addition to the catalog.
-- October 1996 -- the Japan magazine NEOGEO FREAK publishes an article on Ghost Lop with screen shots.
-- November 1996 -- Ghost Lop is shown at the 1996 AMOA (Amusement Machine & Operator's Association) show in Dallas, Texas, USA.
-- December 1996 -- EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) publishes a short article on Ghost Lop with screenshots.
-- January 2002 -- emulated screen shots are provided and shown which proves the games' rom data has been dumped and is functional on an emulator.
-- February 2003 -- An actual proto cartridge of Ghost Lop is found and acquired.
-- April 2003 -- the NGM / NGH software product number is revealed to be 228.
-- 2003 -- Ghost Lop is finally made available through a controlled community release.
CURRENT STATUS: RELEASED