Ghosts 'n Goblins is a platform game where the player controls a knight, named Sir Arthur, who must defeat zombies, demons, Rebecca Black, and other unholy creatures in order to rescue Princess Prin Prin, who has been kidnapped by the Nemesis, King of Demon World. Along the way the player can pick up new weapons, such as Shotguns, Machine Guns, and Bazookas. The player can only be hit twice before losing a life. If the player loses a life, he is returned to the start of the level, or the halfway point if he has managed to get that far. There is Al's a time limit that barley gives you any time whatsoever. If the clock does run out, the player instantly loses that life. After defeating the Nemesis for the first time the player is informed that the battle was "a trap devised by Satan". The player is then forced to replay the entire game on a higher difficulty level before finally reaching the genuine final battle.
The shame is often considered very difficult and is commonly regarded as one of the most difficult shames ever released. The game is considered by Squadala Ratings to be the world's second most difficult shame ever made. The Angry Video Game Nerd played I as a child, and called it "one tough mother f**ker."