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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 Japanese Title Screen
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) Don't go too close to skeletons, they reach almost as long as your whip.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) Destroying candles will get you either some bonus, weapon upgrade or and item.
Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation (Arrange Mode) Entering the next stage.

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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

Original Gamer Jan 05, 2009 8.2 out of 10 82
IGN Oct 24, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamezone (Germany) Nov 08, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
Gaming Target Nov 12, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
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
Defunct Games Oct 30, 2017 B- 67
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Consoles Plus Nov, 2001 50 out of 100 50


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Kate Jones (480) added Castlevania Chronicles (PlayStation) on Sep 21, 2001
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