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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 (Arrange Mode) Entering the next stage.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) In case it wasn't obvious, this is the clocktower stage.
Castlevania Chronicles Sharp X68000 First boss
Castlevania Chronicles PSP Map (Original mode)

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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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Critic Reviews

Oldies Rising Sharp X68000 Mar 12, 2012 19 out of 20 95
Original Gamer Sharp X68000 Jan 01, 2009 7.6 out of 10 76
Gaming Target PlayStation Nov 12, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
PSM PlayStation Oct, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Nov, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Jun, 2007 6.75 out of 10 68
Defunct Games PlayStation Oct 30, 2017 B- 67
Gamezilla PlayStation Nov 26, 2001 58 out of 100 58
Game Revolution PlayStation Oct, 2001 C 50
Consoles Plus PlayStation Nov, 2001 50 out of 100 50


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