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Super Castlevania IV

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MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
88
4.1
Wii
83
3.7
Wii U
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Description

Super Castlevania IV is, story-wise, a remake of the first game in the series. Set in the year 1691, the game casts the player in the role of Simon Belmont, a vampire hunter armed with a powerful whip, on a quest to defeat the evil Count Dracula in his castle. Despite the identical plot, the six castle stages have different layouts and themes; also, five initial stages that depict Simon's advancement towards the castle through various environments have been added.

The gameplay consists of traversing timed, linear platform stages, defeating enemies with the whip or sub-weapons that require collecting hearts and can be found by destroying parts of the scenery. Simon's stand-out ability in this installment are eight-directional attacks with his whip, which allow him, among others, to damage enemies standing below and above him. Holding out the whip will block enemy attacks. Simon can also latch his whip on special grappling points to swing over pits and obstacles. Game progression is saved by passwords given to the player after a stage has been completed.

Visually, the game uses hardware "Mode 7" effects such as parallax scrolling, rotating rooms, and pseudo-3D objects in some locations.

Screenshots

Super Castlevania IV SNES In a cave - if you hit them, golems split up into several smaller golems.
Super Castlevania IV SNES The final battle
Super Castlevania IV SNES When you hold down the action button, the whip can be moved freely and in any direction.
Super Castlevania IV SNES Boss-fight

Alternate Titles

  • "惡魔城" -- Chinese Title (traditional)
  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Castlevania 4" -- Common Informal Name
  • "Akumajo Dracula" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Easily one of the most enjoyable platformers for the SNES. SNES Bregalad (914)
One of the best games for the SNES and of the entire Castlevania series SNES Xantheous (1296)
The best old-school Castlevania game in the series. SNES The Silverlord (4)
The "Belmont" Tolls For Thee... SNES So Hai (338)
The greatest 2-D platform game ever made. Period. SNES Simon Wingate (27)
An atmospheric masterpiece SNES Brad Shead (6)
Hey Drac. How's It Goin? SNES Lake Hylia (3)

The Press Says

Player One SNES Sep, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Micro News SNES Dec, 1991 19 out of 20 95
Game Zero SNES Apr, 1992 93 out of 100 93
N-Force SNES Jun, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Mag'64 Wii Feb 28, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play SNES Feb, 1992 80 out of 100 80
IGN Wii Jan 11, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Wii Jan 10, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES May 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Retrogaming.it SNES Jan 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70

Forums

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Trivia

There are some interesting and quirky boss names in this game. The level 4 mid-boss "Puwexil", the skull with the lashing tongue, when spelled backwards is "Lix Ew Up". The level 4 end boss, a huge rock monster named "Koronot", when spelled backwards is "Ton O Rok". The level 6 end boss, the dancing spectres "Fred Askare & Paula Abgoul" is an obvious and very quirky play on names for Fred Astaire & Paula Abdul.

Related Web Sites

  • Mr. P's Castlevania Realm (A comprehensive hosted fan "shrine" site dedicated to everything and anything related to Castlevania including Super Castlevania IV. Tips, cheats, walkthroughs, enemy lists, backstories, collectors collections, the Castlevania timeline and more.)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Super Castlevania IV.)
  • The Castlevania Dungeon (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Castlevania series, including the SNES game Super Castlevania IV. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Castlevania-related sites.)
  • The Castlevania Treasury (A fan "shrine" site dedicated to all the games in the Castlevania series including Super Castlevania IV. Includes music from the games, backstories, walkthroughs, trivia details and much more.)
  • Video review of the Castlevania series (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews games in the Castlevania series. In part 3, he reviews Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Dracula X, both on SNES as well as Castlevania on Nintendo 64. He mentions Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness but does not review it.)
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69521), PCGamer77 (3028) and Michael Cassidy (4496)