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Castlevania, or Akumajō Dracula (Japanese: 悪魔城ドラキュラ, "Devil Castle Dracula"), is a series of action games by Konami. The series' setting and plot elements are loosely based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, focusing on the titular fictional character. Most of the protagonists in the series (with a few notable exceptions) belong to the Belmont family and are vampire hunters who venture into Dracula's castle with the goal of defeating the powerful vampire following one of his resurrections. The games usually take place in a dark castle and its surroundings, which are populated by horror-themed enemies.

Classic Castlevania games are 2D platformers in which the protagonist advances through linear stages, defeating regular enemies and bosses. Members of the Belmont family are armed with a whip, which they can also use to destroy parts of the scenery (candle, walls, etc.) to obtain hearts, food and items. Health can be replenished by eating; hearts are used to execute special attacks with equipped items, e.g. throwing axes, daggers, holy crosses, etc.

The first game in the series came in two variants, one of which, Vampire Killer (1986), introduced non-linear exploration elements to the standard action platforming formula. Simon's Quest (1987) expanded upon that idea and added light role-playing elements such as a world map, monetary system, and a day-and-night cycle.

Of the subsequent installments, Symphony of the Night (1997) took the farthest step on the RPG road, adding experience points and leveling-up to the core gameplay. It also greatly expanded the playing environment, introducing large interconnected stages, some of which could be explored in a non-linear fashion. Some of the series' further incarnations emulated this gameplay concept.

Together with Metroid, later Castlevania installments lead to the concept of a sub-genre dubbed Metroidvania, in which traditional platform elements are combined with heavier character customization and a large game world that the player can explore in a non-linear fashion.

Related Site(s)

The Castlevania Dungeon - A fansite devoted to the games of the Castlevania series. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Castlevania-related sites.

Trivia

Cancelled Dreamcast game

There was a Dreamcast game that was in the works but was canceled sometime around March of 2000. A playable demo that was made for E3 exists.

Cancelled Sega 32X game

There was a Sega 32X game that was in the works but was canceled sometime between December 1994 and October 1995. It is usually referred to as Castlevania: The Bloodletting, although the subtitle was most likely never meant for this particular Castlevania game.

Captain N: The Game Master

Simon Belmont, the protagonist from the first installments of the series, appeared as regular character in the Saturday morning TV cartoon Captain N: The Game Master.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade 2009 Arcade Action
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box cover thumbnail Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun 1990 NES, DoJa Action
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box cover thumbnail Bail or Jail: Castlevania Collaboration... 2022 Nintendo Switch, Windows Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania 1999 Nintendo 64 Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania 1986 DOS, Game Boy Advance (+10 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania Chronicles 1993 PlayStation, PSP (+3 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge 1991 Game Boy Action
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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 1989 Dedicated handheld Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 1987 NES, Wii (+2 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 1989 NES, Wii (+2 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania Judgment 2008 Wii Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania Legends 1997 Game Boy Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night 2010 iPhone, Windows Phone Puzzle
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night &... 2018 PlayStation 4 Action, Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
7.5
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Advance Collection 2021 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+3 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Anniversary Collection 2019 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+3 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 2003 Game Boy Advance, J2ME (+1 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Bloodlines 1994 Genesis, Nintendo Switch Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Circle of the Moon 2001 Game Boy Advance, Wii U Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Curse of Darkness 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow 2005 Nintendo DS, J2ME Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Double Pack 2006 Game Boy Advance Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Dracula X 1995 SNES, New Nintendo 3DS (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls 2019 Android, iPad (+3 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (+1 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Beauty,... 2010 Xbox 360 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Extra Stage:... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Extra Stage: Origins 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Extra Stage:... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Extra Stage:... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Getsu Fuma... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Maria Renard... 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Music Pack 1 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Music Pack 2 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Richter... 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Simon... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Despair - Yoko... 2010 Xbox 360 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance 2002 Game Boy Advance, Wii U Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lament of Innocence 2003 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness 1999 Nintendo 64 Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Limited Edition) 2010 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate 2013 Xbox 360, Windows (+2 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Resurrection 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Reverie 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition 2013 Windows Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 2014 Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Armored... 2014 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Dark Dracula Costume 2014 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - Digital Bundle 2014 PlayStation 3 Compilation
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