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Castlevania

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Advance
68
3.8
Wii
72
3.5
Commodore 64
...
3.6
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Description

Every hundred years, the dark vampire known as Dracula resurrects and terrorizes the land. A vampire hunter named Simon Belmont bravely ventures into the Count's mansion in order to defeat him. Along the way he'll have to defeat skeletons, bats, fishmen, medusa heads and other evil creatures.

Castlevania is a side-scrolling platform action game. The player takes the role of Simon Belmont, who is able to jump and crack his whip directly in front of him. Power-ups can be obtained by defeating enemies or by whipping candles that appear in the castle. One such power-up increases the power and length of Simon's whip. Different weapons can be gathered which consume hearts when used, these hearts can also be collected from monsters and candles. Additionally, some walls will hide secrets such as the health-restorative turkey or the Double and Triple shot abilities for the weapons Simon has collected. At the end of each section of the castle is a boss, which must be defeated. Progression through the castle eventually leads to a confrontation with Count Dracula himself.

Screenshots

Castlevania Amiga One part of the map
Castlevania DOS starting a new game (CGA)
Castlevania Amiga Copy Protection
Castlevania Amiga Stage 09

Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Castle Vania" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Akumajo Dracula" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Just leave it to Simon Belmont, vampire hunter! NES Adzuken (702)
Hurts So Good NES TheoryOfChaos (55)
The whip-wielding franchise-starter NES Multimedia Mike (17464)
its you versus the count in a thrilling duel to the death! NES benjamin grimes (10)
Whip it good, this is an excellent action/adventure(?) game for the NES! NES OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Platforming fun NES *Katakis* (37741)
This port could have been much better... Amiga powerstone05 (272)
Not scary, not original, not fun, not good, very bad. DOS Jim Fun (222)

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de NES Aug, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Just Games Retro NES Oct 22, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Jan, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 24, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Oct 28, 2004 7.4 out of 10 74
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Mag'64 Wii Sep 02, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Jan 13, 2005 12 out of 20 60
1UP Game Boy Advance Nov 03, 2004 C+ 58

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Trivia

Game Boy Advance version

The Game Boy Advance version of the game has some different names for certain items and characters. For instance:
  • Count Dracula is now simply called "The Count".
  • The Holy Water item called "Fire Bomb" in the manual.
  • The Vampire Killer (Simon's whip) is now called a "Magic Whip".
  • Even though the game takes place in Transylvania, there is no mention of this anywhere in the game or the manual.
  • There is also no mention of the hero's name, Simon Belmont.

Remake

This game was remade a decade after, but this time for PSX, known as Castlevania Chronicles.

References

Beat the game once and head to the second part of level two. Climb the stairs, get to the top of the screen and jump on the first moving platform. A blinking treasure will come out of the ground. If you examine it closely, it's a Moai head! Devoted Konami fans will recognize this Easter Island statue from the Gradius series, which seems to be obsessed with them for some odd reason.

Unused sprites

There are a number of unused sprites found in the NES Castlevania ROM, most notably a cross, a cupcake, and a love letter, and a basket with kittens inside(?!).

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 20012 (Issue #100) – #48 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by CaptainCanuck, Foxhack and MAT

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