Castlevania by Konami

castlevania_01Publisher: Konami
Developer: Unlimited Sofware
Release Date: 1990
Code: Alan Stewart
GFX: Faye Hoffman, Mike Smith, Tom Singleton
Music: Kris Hatlelid
Our Game Rating: 81%
Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
I’ll be totally honest here and say that I have never played this game in my life; in fact, I didn’t even know it existed on the Commodore 64 until Brendan sent in the ending! Sure, I’ve played it on the Gameboy Advanced, but I had no idea it was an eighties game that first appeared on home computer! Anyway, thanks for Brendan for the ending…
Now you see it…
…now you don’t 🙂
Time for some credits.
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: A trainer was used but Brendan still had to play through all 18 levels!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have picked up the orb, the ending sequence kicks in with a view of the castle, which quickly collapses and the ending credits start. This is accompanied by an ending tune.
Brendan: To be honest – I like this ending, the graphics are poor and look way earlier than 1990 but the end is done really good. Animation of the castle being destroyed to the ground, a little tune (pretty poor to be honest) but some great movie like end titles. All in all I am surprised by the ending and would rate it slightly above average.
Vinny: I have to agree with Brendan and say that I like the ending, but for a 1990 release it could have been a little more polished. It still has the air of a good ending an so I too would score it above average (average for me being 5).
Andy Vaisey: This game is new to me as well, so I’ve done some research and apparently it’s a conversion from the NES, that version being from 1988. And unfortunately it shows. Castlevania looks and sounds like a mid-80’s game and the 1990 release is a bit of a joke in my opinion considering the advance in C64 code, GFX and sound by that point. I’ve played it for about an hour now and find it a little dull and uninspiring; maybe I’ll return to it in the future to give it a proper (and fairer?) bash.
The ending is similarly very mid-80’s. The sound grates on my ears I’m afraid and the castle collapses in a rather unrealistic manner. 3/10 for me, just for the effort.
Matt Rogers: I only discovered the arcade version fairly recently on MAME and had no idea it had been converted! I like it – it may be worth checking if it’s the same as the arcade…I can’t remember what that end was like.
Andrew Fisher: It was converted in the USA by Konami from the NES version, but never released over here (a bit like Metal Gear). Not bad – I like the joke names in the text (all inspired by old horror movie stars).
FINAL SAY: It’s a little above average and worth a look.

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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