Beetlejuice was released in North America in May 1991. The original Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) releases were developed by Rare and published by LJN. There was also a MS-DOS version. Each game is loosely based on the film and animated series of the same name.
In the game you control Beetlejuice through various side-scrolling and overhead view levels in an effort to scare the yuppie Deetz family and friends that have taken over the house. You stomp on cockroaches in order to gain points that you used to buy various “scare tactics” that you use to defeat various enemies and bosses.
Although the initial levels of the game are based upon the film, with Beetlejuice venturing through the Maitland house to find and scare away Otho, the later levels are original and involve Beetlejuice fighting mythical creatures in such locations as the neighborhood’s sewer system. The game concludes in the waiting room from the film, reimagined as a giant, vertical maze.