Castlequest (Sharp X1)

Castlequest Sharp X1 Title screen


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The puzzle and platform game Castle Excellent is a sequel to The Castle. In Castle Excellent you control a prince that has to save the princess again.

To find your princess you have to explore the castle, which has 100 different rooms. Each room is a puzzle on its own as you have to avoid enemy knights, fat Tiroler men, hazardous objects and have to use objects to get to the next door. In each room you have to collect keys and items like rings and gold bars. The keys may have different colors and only opens doors with the corresponding key color.

The main difference with the original The Castle game is that the castle rooms are completely redesigned and contain many new challenges. The game play has not changed.


Castlequest Sharp X1 The red and blue lines represent a force field, when it's shimmering you can walk on it, when it becomes stationary you will fall through it
Castlequest Sharp X1 You can find yourself in unwinnable situations very easily in this game, like here I don't have the green key and there's no other way out
Castlequest Sharp X1 First screen, need to get that map. Unlike in the Famicom/NES version, here the Knights don't shoot arrows at you
Castlequest Sharp X1 Need to grab the Oxygen tanks to breathe underwater

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Alternate Titles

  • "Castle Excellent" -- Japanese title
  • "キャッスルエクセレント" -- Japanese spelling

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Famicom save data support

In the original Famicom version, the game saved the player's progress provided they had either the Famicom Data Recorder, which records game data to audio cassettes, or the ASCII Turbofile, which saves game data to battery-backed RAM. Since neither of these peripherals were released outside Japan, non-Japanese versions did not support saving. However, The number of lives the player starts out with was increased from 4 to 50, among other differences.
Infernos (18017) added Castlequest (Sharp X1) on Apr 03, 2014
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