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The plot of Castlevania Chronicles is similar to that of the first Castlevania: in the end of the 17th century the dreadful vampire Dracula is resurrected after a century of slumber. The people in Transylvania flee in horror, but the brave Simon Belmont takes his Vampire Killer whip and ventures into the ominous castle to put an end to the Lord of Darkness.

The similarities to the first installment of the series are also evident in the game's overall structure and basic gameplay, as well as in level design and usable items. Most of the weapons and items from the first game return, with more rare and hidden items making an appearance. Familiar stages have been re-designed, and many new stages are introduced as well.

The PlayStation version includes a new rendered intro and ending, enhanced music and graphic effects, as well as an easier difficulty level ("Arrange Mode"). The original difficulty level from the Sharp X68000 release is present as well ("Original Mode").


Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Original Mode) Encountering first wave of your victims.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) The main character prepping to enter the infamous castle of evil.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) Don't go too close to skeletons, they reach almost as long as your whip.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Original Mode) Entering the point of no return, castle of terror.

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Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城年代記 悪魔城ドラキュラ" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Castlevania Chronicle: Akumajō Dracula" -- Japanese PlayStation title
  • "Akumajō Dracula" -- Sharp X68000 title

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GamePro (US) Oct 09, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Gaming Target Nov 12, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 04, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
PSM Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics Jan 11, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Quebec Gamers Apr 17, 2004 6.9 out of 10 69
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2007 6.75 out of 10 68
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Consoles Plus Nov, 2001 50 out of 100 50
Game Revolution Oct, 2001 C 50


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