Haunted Castle

Born in 1988

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  • Konami

  • FormatArcade & Video Game
  • TypePlatform
  • SystemArcade

Haunted Castle, known as Akumajō Dracula in Japan, and is the first arcade game in the Castlevania series, released by Konami in 1988. It was later re-released on the PlayStation 2 exclusively in Japan. Sadly not released outside of Japan, which is a shame.

These bosses are generally taken from horror literature or legend, and include Medusa, Frankenstein's monster, and of course, Dracula himself!Wyn James

I had a school friend who absolutely enjoyed playing this arcade game and I'm sure I witnessed him completing it. He was more skilful than me in beating the last Boss I can tell you. I really enjoyed playing this game myself and took many coins to defeat even the first boss. But I found an easy way in the end of disposing of Medusa. You just have to place yourself in the right spot, which is easier said than done mind. I did manage to get to the last level, but I failed in reaching the last boss, which is of course the one and only Dracula . I read somewhere that some people didn't like this game at all because of it's flaws and constant glitches, but I on the other hand enjoyed it immensely despite how it played. Quite simply, as Simon Belmont you have to defeat the Lord of Darkness to complete the game, and rescue your princess.

Haunted Castle is a typical platform game with six levels, which are played through in a linear progression. The player controls the main character, whose primary mode of attack is via his whip. He must fight various enemies which consist partially of skeletons, zombies, fishmen, and hunchbacks. By destroying certain enemies, he can switch his weapon to a more powerful spiked mace. In addition, various "sub-weapons" can be obtained which provide different means of attack which consist of bombs, boomerangs, stopwatches, crosses, and torches. Hearts are collected to use each of these "sub-weapons." The player can only carry one sub-weapon at a time.

Each of Haunted Castle's six levels conclude with a boss fight. Like in other games of the series, these bosses are generally taken from horror literature or legend, and include Medusa, Frankenstein's monster, and of course, Dracula himself who sure puts up one heck of a fight.

It won't be easy that's for sure!!!

Review by Wyn James - @Hekatonchieres

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  • Konami

  • FormatArcade & Video Game
  • TypePlatform
  • SystemArcade

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