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Commodore 64

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Just leave it to Simon Belmont, vampire hunter! NES Adzuken (818)
Hurts So Good NES TheoryOfChaos (55)
An okay, if a somewhat shoddy conversion Commodore 64 Wurstwest (187)
The whip-wielding franchise-starter NES Multimedia Mike (17554)
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* (37914)
Not scary, not original, not fun, not good, very bad. DOS Jim Fun (222)
This port could have been much better... Amiga powerstone05 (290)

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Platform Votes Score
Amiga 10 3.9
Arcade 3 4.0
Commodore 64 11 3.6
DOS 17 3.6
Game Boy Advance 16 3.9
J2ME 5 3.5
NES 103 4.1
Nintendo 3DS 3 4.8
Wii 10 3.7
Wii U 2 5.0
Combined User Score 180 3.9

Critic Reviews

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NESThe DOS Spirit
Sleng deg foran skjermen, kobl i en gamepad og fyr opp en god, gammel klassiker som fortsatt biter fra seg. Dette er plattforming som de som setter pris på en utfordring, dog svært urettferdig til tider. Men man, følelsen av mestring blir nesten ikke bedre enn dette. Vi legger vår «Golden DOS Spirit»-utmerkelse sammen med hvitløken og korsene i sekken til Herr Belmont, det fortjener han.
Abschließend kann ich sagen, dass man auf jeden Fall zum Castlevania-NES-Modul greifen sollte, denn damit habt ihr einen zeitlosen Klassiker in der Hand, der auch noch nach so vielen Jahren seit dem Erscheinen immer wieder zum Spielen einlädt und für eine lange Zeit motivieren kann. Die C-64-Version ist dagegen wohl nur was für echte Hard-Core-Castlevania-Fans, die alle Teile und Versionen dieser Serie unbedingt durchspielen wollen. Alle anderen sollten lieber die Finger davon lassen.
Game Boy
Abschließend kann ich sagen, dass man auf jeden Fall zum Castlevania-NES-Modul greifen sollte, denn damit habt ihr einen zeitlosen Klassiker in der Hand, der auch noch nach so vielen Jahren seit dem Erscheinen immer wieder zum Spielen einlädt und für eine lange Zeit motivieren kann. Die C-64-Version ist dagegen wohl nur was für echte Hard-Core-Castlevania-Fans, die alle Teile und Versionen dieser Serie unbedingt durchspielen wollen. Alle anderen sollten lieber die Finger davon lassen.
NESGame Freaks 365
The most common complaint about Castlevania is the difficulty. Bear in mind this game was released back before there was voice acting, cut scenes, item collecting, and anything else aside from the stages to entertain the player. Castlevania is difficult because that's the only way it knows to get you to pick up the controller again. I've always been a fan of what I call, "games that hate you" and Castlevania is fairly close to the top of my list there. The game is not impossible, however, and killing the Count has to be one of my all time greatest gaming moments. If you are an easily frustrated gamer, well, you have been warned. If you have yet to play the grandfather of all Castlevanias, I really would suggest a purchase, as it is available for the NES, Game Boy Advance and now the Wii Virtual Console.
Vous voudriez lui dire que ce fouet n'est pas ridicule, vous aimeriez même lui en faire tâter, lui montrer que toutes ces heures passées en compagnie de Simon vous ont appris comment manier l'arme avec une précision mortelle. Et puis qu'il y a aussi les bonus pour en améliorer la force et les autres armes, le boomerang, la hache, le sabre, l'eau bénite, ou même la montre, pour arrêter le temps.
If you have a NES or a GBA, pick up the original Castlevania. It'll piss you off to no end, but in the end, it feels totally rewarding. Also, if you could kick a couple of those Medusa head's asses for me, I'd appreciate it... I hate those things.
NESACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
A neat platform collecting game that keeps you coming back for more, Castlevania has all the touches that make a good arcade game. Sensibly, when you die the game allows you to start again at the beginning of the current level rather than forcing you to hack all the way through again. Plenty of puzzling routes to learn - and there's a small strategic element involved in the collection of the extra weapons: you can only carry one, and it's important to have the appropriate add-on at the right time.
NESPower Play
Die sehr detaillierte Grafik und das Riesenangebot an Extrawaffen machen Castlevania zu einem "Muß". Viele Extras sind versteckt; auch wenn man öfters spielt, entdeckt man immer wieder etwas Neues. Dank "Continue" bekommen auch weniger gute Spieler viel zu sehen.
NESASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Zusammenfassend kann man also sagen, daß man mit diesem Spiel eine Menge Unterhaltung bekommt. Hitverdächtig!
NESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Recommended for those who enjoy a good arcade adventure.
NESGaming since 198x
Malgré une jouabilité que l'on qualifiera volontiers de "crispante", Castlevania offre toujours ce cocktail d'action efficace des grands jours et saura convaincre les plus hardcore des joueurs. Son bestiaire varié, ses pièges retors, sa réalisation de qualité et ses musiques mythiques promettent de longues heures de plaisir masochiste. Évidemment, je ne peux qu'avoir envie d'y retourner.
So while Castlevania I may seem primitive to the other titles (especially Castlevanias III and IV), it still proves to be a great entry from Konami, and a worthy first chapter to the series. The game is just flat out exciting and easy to get into and has that quality that makes you want to try again and again to get to the end. You may be frustrated by the unforgiving difficulty near the end and the stiff control issues, but these gripes aside, Castlevania is still a true classic, one that should definelty not be missed.
WiiNintendo Life
Castlevania is one of my all time favourite franchises and regardless of the faults, the first NES title is still something of a classic and is a welcome addition to the VC. However I'd recommend that you download the superior SNES version (Super Castlevania IV, which is basically a re-telling of the first NES game) as it's a much more enjoyable experience.
NESLens of Truth
Castlevania brought some great action to the platforming genre. Konami went with a more battle heavy than jumping style platformer here. This was a great idea in two ways: 1) We got the framework for a great franchise, 2) Simon jumps like a lead weight. Simon’s jumping ability is the only real downfall to the game, he really has none. As I mentioned earlier though, the score is what really sets this game aside. I’m glad Konami stuck with this, always paying serious attention to the music in this series.Castlevania is a good game which transformed into great games years later. A solid start to what was to become gaming royalty.
Castlevania will always be one of the greatest games of all time. With non-stop horrified action and having the age-old battle against the prince of darkness himself, so what are you waiting for? If you already haven't, pick up this game and start slaying some Undead!
Dracula's inaugural NES Castlevania is very hard, and looks very basic. Unfortunately, those factors might be stressed to a fault. The tunes though, are remarkable, and that certainly elevates the experience, and makes the trip seem that much more legendary. Castlevania's Simon manages to stand up well to his much younger, much better-looking children. He’s mostly forgotten, but when nostalgia, curiosity, or boredom find the original, brown-clad vampire killer on his feet, he defies you to forget him again.
Game Boy AdvanceNintendojo
Out of all four of the Classic NES Series titles released, Castlevania is certainly the most recommended. If you have to pick up one of these titles, make it Castlevania.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
Even with the limited save feature, Castlevania on the GBA is still a great retro throwback. It would have better fit as an unlockable in an original Castlevania, but as it stands it's the only official way you can have the original game in portable form. It's the best game of the second batch, by far.
NESJust Games Retro
Going by the cheeky credits at the end, where all the boss characters are listed as "performed" by one-letter-off versions of classic horror movie actors, Konami had absolutely no idea of what Castlevania would become. It represented a rare move for them - starting on the Famicom first instead of porting over a proven arcade title - but I think it's fair to say that this turned out to be a smart gamble. Konami may have just been making a fun, one-shot home game based on classic creature features, but they unintentionally found one of their flagship titles.
NESThe Video Game Critic
Castlevania's simple, arcade-style gameplay is compelling but slightly tainted by its preponderance of cheap hits. Being touched by a little bat can send you plunging into the nearest abyss, and many traps spell instant death. Castlevania's graphics are better than you might expect, with meticulously detailed walls that look properly aged. On the downside, some of the creatures are not well defined, and smaller creatures can be hard to discern. But despite its rough edges, Castlevania is a fun game that stands the test of time.
500 Wii points is an excellent price of admission for this NES classic. The game blazed the trail for its hugely successful successors, and exemplified challenging and rewarding gameplay. It gets a little tricky from here on out, though. Super Castlevania IV, for only 300 Wii points more, seems like a smarter purchase, as it improves on almost every facet of the NES original, including mechanical and graphical upgrades. If you've already (smartly) downloaded Super Castlevania IV, are looking for an even greater challenge, and want to see where the series gets its roots, then give this one a download. For newcomers, however, frustrations may be more efficiently inhibited by downloading the SNES version first.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
Ultimately, this all leads to a single question: Should you buy this version of Castlevania? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, provided, of course, that you're into side-scrolling adventure games, the Castlevania license, or anything old-school gaming. This is a well-produced port of an excellent game, and even though it probably would have been better served as part of a collection than as a stand-alone product, you could certainly find a number of worse ways to spend $20 for your GBA.
NESThe Games Machine (UK)
Castlevania is more arcade orientated than the MSX version, keys are no longer needed and there are short-term objectives to reaching the next level. Unfortunately, infinite continue-plays are too generous, making progressing easier than it should be. Graphically, Castlevania is among the best Nintendo games, featuring constantly changing backdrops and many highly detailed sprites. Sonically, it is a real treat: music captures the mood of each level, getting ever more spooky as you near the tomb of Dracula.
In the era of the Nintendo Entertainment System, publisher Konami was known for making maddeningly difficult but remarkably enjoyable games. Fortunately, games like Gradius and Contra at least had cheat codes to make the difficulty slightly more reasonable. Castlevania, on the other hand, had no such crutch. In fact, the game had an unlockable "hard" mode instead. But somehow, as frustrating as Castlevania could be, it was still an entertaining game because of its solid action and dark, appealing atmosphere. Castlevania is now available on the Wii Virtual Console for 500 points ($5), and it's every bit as challenging and playable as it was when it was originally released 20 years ago.
70 (UK)
So, Castlevania. Taken on its own merits, it's a fine platform adventure with six linear stages of candle-whipping fun. Taken as part of the overall VC buffet, you should probably pile your plate high with the gourmet SNES version first, and come back for NES pudding if you like the taste.
WiiThunderbolt Games
It may be a little on the short side, but it’s satisfying throughout. The clever level design and excellent music make for an impressive presentation. It’s not perfect, though. The controls are occasionally misread, jumps are awkward, the whip attacks are terribly rigid, and the enemies are far too overpowered. It’s not unplayable by any means. It just gives you more of a reason to look forward to the next game. It paid off, too. Considering how many sequels Castlevania has spawned, it’s amazing how it could have started from this one, humble platformer about a guy killing Dracula. Godspeed, Simon.
WiiFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
The fact that Nintendo would release the original Castlevania on Virtual Console after the superior Castlevania IV almost proves that they're going after the hardcore "Vania" fans. Even so, Castlevania has managed to age a little more gracefully than most other NES games thanks to its top-tier visuals and audio. If anything, your 500 Wii Points will get you a challenging gothic platformer that'll keep you busy for a day or so (even if half of that day is spent trying to get past the Grim Reaper).
Dennoch sind die 500 Punkte für Fans der Serie sehr gut investiert. Die breite Masse der Spieler wird wohl bei diesem Liebhaberstück schnell frustriert sein. Zumal es heute auch wesentlich angenehmer zu spielende Fortsetzungen der Serie gibt, sollte ein Castlevania-Neuling lieber mit einem der neueren (DS-)Teile vorlieb nehmen. Wenn man aber gewillt ist, über die Mankos der Spielmechanik hinwegzusehen, dann erhält man ein atmosphärisch dichtes und abwechslungsreiches Game, mit dem man sich gerne die Zeit vertreibt und wenn sich dann doch mal (wieder) Frust einstellt, kann man getrost die Speicherfunktion der Wii in Anspruch nehmen und sich etwas vom anstrengenden Monsterjägerdasein erholen.
Game Boy
Jeu old-school par excellence, Castlevania constitue l'un des pionniers du jeu d'action et il permet de redécouvrir un genre héroïque où la moindre action doit être calculée, millimétrée et anticipée pour pallier le manque de mouvements du personnage principal. Cruellement difficile, le titre de Konami compte parmi les indémodables de la NES.
Game Boy Advance1UP
Castlevania was a great game in its time. It's still pretty good today, and it represents a whole lot of gaming history. It's a short quest, but while it lasts it's a genuine challenge that promises to kick you in the pants and make you like it. It's nothing to excite devotees of the latest and greatest, but for Castlevania fiends and classic gaming nuts alike it's definitely worth a look.
Game Boy AdvanceRetro Gamer
Simon Belmont’s first adventure makes a great transition to the GBA, and although it’s over 10 years old, you can clearly see where the slew of sequels got their inspiration from. The gameplay is tough has old boots, and more than a little frustrating. But it’s all handled so well that you can’t help yourself coming back for just one more go.
Die bekannteste und beste Version des Castlevania-Erstlings ist für das NES erschienen, aber auch für den C-64 gibt es eine passable Umsetzung dieses Klassikers, die von Unlimited Software Inc. programmiert wurde. Während die NES-Version grafisch alles rausholt, was die Konsole hergibt, wirkt die C-64-Umsetzung in dieser Hinsicht eher klobig und unausgereift. Gleiches gilt für die Spielbarkeit. Auf dem NES gehorcht Simon einwandfrei und ohne zu zögern eurem Kontroller, auf dem C-64 sind die Aktionen von Simon (vor allem der Angriff mit der Peitsche) immer etwas verzögert, was träge wirkt und sich negativ auf den Spielfluss auswirkt. Nur die Musik ist bei beiden Versionen gleichermaßen gut gelungen.
Game Boy AdvanceArmchair Empire, The
It’s unfortunate that the simple gameplay hasn’t held up well over the years, because most of the fun here is had through shear nostalgia (whipping candles, etc).