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Game Description & Reviews:
The very first console title in a series of many, Castlevania, released in 1986 by Konami, was a typical platform game in which the player takes the role of Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters. He travels to Dracula's demonic castle in Castlevania to fight his way through the castle destroying the castle and Dracula himself. Belmont's main weapon is a whip called "Vampire Killer", while the secondary weapons are powered by Hearts, collected by attacking candles and killing monsters. Secondary weapons available are Daggers, Holy Water, Flying Axe and the Boomerang-esque Flying Cross. Hidden items such as power-ups and food (health replenishment) items are also found by attacking brick blocks within the levels, a feature inspired by Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers with countless hidden items across the game's levels so look around!
Castlevania is a classic NES game, one of the best and far better than most of its contemporaries. It features some of the best music of any NES game, and some of the best atmosphere, all at a very early stage in NES history. Simon battles enemies out of popular horror novels and movies, using excellent weapons such as a whip, battleaxe, boomerang, and the amazingly effective holy water. It does not, however, feature a password continue or battery. The key to winning this game is knowing the hidden bonuses and tricks.
With all the excellent features of this game, its drawbacks are sometimes overlooked. Gameplay is unique, and sometimes players will be frustrated by Simon's inability to do much while on stairs, for instance. He also frequently gets knocked into pits. However, overcoming these drawbacks will lead to a very rewarding gaming experience.