Ghost Academy, a collection of ghoulish mini-games to help you pass the time
Ghost Academy is a Windows Phone game that pulls together a collection of mini-games that will test your skills at speed, timing and observation. Ghost Academy's premise is that each game represents a monster skill that a young vampire, zombie or possessed skeleton may need training on.
Training that will better the chances of success each monster will have when they go out and terrorize the world. The games are not overly complicated but challenging in their own right. Available for low-memory devices, Ghost Academy may not be up for marathon gaming sessions but it is a decent option to consider for shorter bits of time.
Ghost Academy's main menu will greet you with options to jump into game play, access the game's options, view the online leaderboard, a link to rate the game in the Windows Phone Store and view the developer credits. Gaming options include settings for sound and music as well as options to reset your gaming progress and re-show the tutorial screens.
When you first jump into game play, you will need to enter a screen name that will be used on the online leaderboard. From there you will begin the game with tutorial screens that will explain the object of each mini-game.
You have a game of timing where you help a young vampire suck the blood out of an unsuspecting girl, one to help a zombie climb a pole to get at its victim, pick out the skeleton who can't rebuild itself and more. All totaled you have five mini-games to complete.
Each game is timed and the faster you complete the objective, the more points you earn. Should you fail, you lose one of your three lives.
The games will repeat themselves and to help keep Ghost Academy challenging, each time a game repeats you will have to solve it multiple times. For example, if you've played the skeleton game once, the second time around you'll have to complete the puzzle twice within the time limit. It's a very easy way to make Ghost Academy become progressively more difficult.
While Ghost Academy may not have a lot of bells and whistles, it is an enjoyable Windows Phone game within its own right. Graphics are decent, game play will keep you on your toes and there is enough variety to help the game avoid becoming stale too quickly.
Ghost Academy is ad supported with ad banners running along the bottom of the screen. You also have those cursed full-screen ads that pop up from time to time but not as frequent as we've seen with other games. I still despise the full-screen ads but the infrequency helps.
After only a handful of reviews in the Windows Phone Store Ghost Academy has a 4.5 Star rating, which is probably about half a star too high. Still worth trying and if you do install Ghost Academy, remember to share your rating in the Windows Phone Store and let us know what you think of the game in the comments below.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.