Castlevania

Castlevania

released on Sep 26, 1986

Castlevania

released on Sep 26, 1986

Step into the shadows of the deadliest dwelling on earth. You've arrived at Castlevania, and you're here on business: To destroy forever the Curse of the Evil Count. Unfortunately, everybody's home this evening. Bats, ghosts, every kind of creature you can imagine. You'll find 'em all over the place, if they don't find you first. Because you've got to get through six monstrous floors before you even meet up with the Master of the House. Your Magic Whip will help, and you'll probably find a weapons or two along the way. But once you make it to the tower, you can count on a Duel to the Death. The Count has waited 100 years for a rematch.


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Castlevania: The Adventure
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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
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Vampire Killer
Vampire Killer

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It's still a fun platformer. There's some NES bullshit of course but this one is still very playable.

So after playing 3, I decided to go back to 1 and try it out again. I will say, beating 3 makes 1 seem like a cake walk for a majority of the game. It's only the last 2 levels where it starts to piss me off.

3 is a harder game, but it also felt more like a fair game (i know the nes version adds more bullshit but i played the famicom version). 1 starts off simple enough but then once it decides to start spamming medusa heads & hunchbacks is where I get annoyed. The fact that frankenstein's monster has an unkillable hunchback in the boss arena with you is where it really started to annoy me. That boss fight sucks ass.

The final few levels leading up to dracula aren't super notable. I mainly remember them for how many skeletons & medusa heads they liked to throw at me. The knights were also pretty annoying but once I realized their pattern it was simple enough, at least until they decided to once again throw medusa heads into the ring.

The dracula fight is just ass. 3 had a pretty annoying first phase too, but it didn't feel like i was fighting the controls. By the time I finally got to the 2nd phase I was just kinda done. Thankfully, the second phase is pretty piss easy compared to the first phase, but I think that phase is only to kick you while your down, cuz more than likely you're gonna get hit multiple times during the first phase.

Overall? I liked it, but by the end it was kind of a drag. I'm not really interested in playing 2, so I'll probably just skip to 4 whenever I get around to it.

If I can beat this game while exercising the entire time on an actual NES without getting a single game over in under 30 minutes, you can beat it normally. I believe in you!
And if that doesn't mean I mastered the game, I don't even know what would.
Also also, no, I have no idea why I did it.

I’ve only played the original Castlevania at the time of writing, but it’s so damn refreshing to play something that isn’t quite an antithesis, but so far removed from modern game design philosophy.

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Castlevania 1 for the NES

It's definitely better than Mega Man but my days of giving games a pass for being old and frustrating as fuck especially when a game like Mario exists that actually controls well and isn't cheap are over.