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The puzzle and platform game Castle Excellent is a sequel to The Castle. In Castle Excellent you control a prince that has to save the princess again.

To find your princess you have to explore the castle, which has 100 different rooms. Each room is a puzzle on its own as you have to avoid enemy knights, fat Tiroler men, hazardous objects and have to use objects to get to the next door. In each room you have to collect keys and items like rings and gold bars. The keys may have different colors and only opens doors with the corresponding key color.

The main difference with the original The Castle game is that the castle rooms are completely redesigned and contain many new challenges. The game play has not changed.


Castlequest Sharp X1 The dagger is exclusive to the Famicom/NES version, the only way to kill enemies here is to drop an object on them or get the elevator to crush them
Castlequest Sharp X1 First screen, need to get that map. Unlike in the Famicom/NES version, here the Knights don't shoot arrows at you
Castlequest NES Game start
Castlequest FM-7 Oh wow, those new dudes are dangerous...

Alternate Titles

  • "Castle Excellent" -- Japanese title
  • "キャッスルエクセレント" -- Japanese spelling

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Nintendo Power Magazine NES Sep, 1989 3 out of 5 60
HonestGamers NES Feb 13, 2009 1 out of 10 10
HonestGamers NES Oct 20, 2007 1 out of 10 10


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Famicom save data support

In the original Famicom version, the game saved the player's progress provided they had either the Famicom Data Recorder, which records game data to audio cassettes, or the ASCII Turbofile, which saves game data to battery-backed RAM. Since neither of these peripherals were released outside Japan, non-Japanese versions did not support saving. However, The number of lives the player starts out with was increased from 4 to 50, among other differences.
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