Ghostbusters was once an all but (forgive me) dead franchise. The last movie to hit theaters was Ghostbusters II, over 26 years ago and the last cartoon on television was Extreme Ghostbusters back in 1997! In recent years the franchise has gained steam again with successful comic book series from IDW, Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009, and merchandise surges from companies like LEGO, Diamond Select Toys and Funko. If you add to that the new reboot Ghostbusters film hitting theaters in 2016 from director Paul Feig, it looks like Ghostbusters is finally getting a long deserved pop culture renaissance.
The lastest in the new Ghostbusters merchandise pushes comes in the form of a board game. Cryptozoic is about to release their highly detailed Ghostbusters game, but this one isn't just for the kiddos. This new Ghostbusters board game has appeal to adult fans and collectors, too.
Cryptozoic has made a name for themselves by releasing board games of all kinds for grown-ups to enjoy based on licensed properties like Sons of Anarchy, Batman: Arkham City and The Walking Dead. Their latest release pays homage to one of the greatest 80s franchises of all time, the Ghostbusters.
The official press release from Cryptozoic describes the gameplay in detail:
"Ghostbusters™: The Board Game is a game for 1-4 players, ages 15 and up. Players choose one of the four Ghostbusters character figures (Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz) and then select from one of the game’s pre-written scenarios, beginning a game session that lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the chosen scenario(s) and degree of difficulty. Each of the Ghostbusters has unique traits and talents that can assist the entire team, with highly cooperative gameplay. As players gain experience from banishing spirits, the Ghostbusters level up, gaining new abilities that help them take on greater challenges. The team can also hop in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ converted ambulance, to help them quickly move through the city.
Ghostbusters™: The Board Game includes the 48 custom mini figures, including the four Ghostbusters character figures (Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz), 10 double-sided map tiles, 6 dice, 43 tokens, 4 player cards, 6 ghost cards, 15 unique scenarios, and more!"
This board game release is certainly a sign of the times, because the fine folks over at Cryptozoic managed to produce the game with help from donations and contributions from their online Kickstarter campaign! A total of 8,396 backers put up a whopping $1,546,269 to get this game produced. The company offered some fantastic exclusive game add-ons that fans can only get by backing the game on Kickstarter, many of which are already selling for high prices on ebay.
The last time that fans were treated to a Ghostbusters board game was in the heyday of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon back in the '80s. In 1986 Milton Bradley released a 3D The Real Ghostbusters board game. Fans in the United Kingdom were treated to a slightly later release, the 1989 The Real Ghostbusters The Game from Triotoys. This was the last sign of a Ghostbusters game on the market until now. There have been video game releases, as mentioned before, but nothing that involves good old-fashioned tabletop gameplay.
Ghostbusters: The Board Game will be available starting November 11th, 2015, for a suggested retail price of $85. Ghostbusters will return to the big screen in live-action form on July 15th, 2016.