The intro tells the story of how Dracula is resurrected with the sacrifice of an innocent, and how professional vampire slayer Richter Belmont steps to up save the world from his reign of terror... with weirdly cheerful music playing.
At least that's what I think is happening there. The text is in Japanese and the narration seems to be spoken in German.
Castlevania game. Richter stomps around like the earlier protagonists instead of his slicker incarnation in Symphony of the Night. He can't swing his whip around like in Super Castlevania IV, he can't move while attacking, can't double jump, can't even steer in the air mid-jump.
But he can moonwalk, backflip, and jump on stairs.
Oh by the way, the water doesn't lead anywhere but a watery death. I checked.
|Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)|
That looks a lot like the Tower of Pisa in the background, except not so leaning. I don't even know where this game is meant to be set except 'Europe', so we could be in Italy for all I know.
At least I'm not put back far when I lose a life, but it would have been nice to have been given a fighting chance against the guy first time around.
...and then a couple of deaths later I actually manage to defeat the bastard.
Well fuck that game then. I am through with it. There's no way on Earth I'm gonna replay all that from the start.
Okay FINE, I'll give it one more shot. To be honest I mostly just want to listen to the music some more. Stage 2 has 'Vampire Killer' from the first Castlevania playing in the background, and I love that track.
SEVERAL EMBARRASSING BIRD RELATED DEATHS LATER.
On the section I have to keep moving to avoid being stomped by the thing chasing me, while jumping the gaps in the ground. Trouble is, this is the entrance hall to the castle so it's full of those zombies everywhere. And if I jump into a zombie, then I'm going to get knocked back into the bottomless pit I just leaped over. Then I'm put back at the start of the level and I have to try again.
SEVERAL DEATHS, A CONTINUE, AND A REPLAY OF ALL OF STAGE 2 LATER.
He keeps running up the walls, across the
Okay, FINE! I'll replay all of stage 2 one more time. Just because I want to get past this asshole werewolf boss.
HALF OF STAGE 2 LATER.
2 health left!
I don't like the look of these guys. They've got a pretty big attack range, and I'm almost out of holy water. If I have to fight many more of them I might be in serious trouble.
AND SURE ENOUGH.
Wait... player select? I can play as the girl I rescued? Well it's worth checking out before I turn this off.
And then the path led to a minotaur boss, which led to me getting caught on a dip in the floor and axe murdered.
Okay I'm going to try stage 3 again one more time, but that's it. Then I'm done playing.
It's nice that this time I can actually find a health refill before the boss fight for once. Also I brought a secret weapon.
He dies in seconds without even getting a hit on me. Cats 1, minotaurs 0.
This would be more heroic if I hadn't lost most of my health to a stupid bone throwing skeleton enemy.
I manage to get past all those enemies with a hit point and a half left in the tank, and then I'm taken down by some red floor tiles. Tragic.
I don't know if this is a better game than Super Castlevania IV, but it's got a level select, player select, cutscenes, cd music... all kinds of extra stuff. It doesn't let me spin my whip around however, and I miss being able to steer my character in the air.
I'm pretty sure it's one of the better ones in the franchise at least, and starting to see why out of all the 16 bit era Castlevanias, this is the one that led to Symphony of the Night.
1986 - Castlevania (NES)
1986 - Vampire Killer (MSX2)
1987 - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
1988 - Haunted Castle (Arcade)
1989 - Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy)
1990 - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
1991 - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy)
1991 - Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
1993 - Akumajō Dracula / Castlevania Chronicles (X68000)
1993 - Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo / Rondo of Blood (TurboGrafx-CD)
1994 - Castlevania: The New Generation / Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis/Mega Drive)
1995 - Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss / Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES)
1997 - Castlevania Legends (Game Boy)