Ghostbusters is a side-scrolling action game based on the movie of the same name. The player assumes the roles of most of the Ghostbusters excluding Winston Zeddemore through six levels. In order to access the levels they have to first pay an entry fee. The game has nonlinear level progression, since the player can choose which house they want to visit as long as they have enough money to enter. There are certain items in some levels that are needed to progress through other levels, like the fire stage.
With each level, the objective is to travel to different parts of the level to find the different boss ghosts scattered throughout.