Castlevania (I) (1986)
"Akumajô Dorakyura" (original title)

Video Game  |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  1 May 1987 (USA)
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In the late 15th century, vampire slayer Simon Belmont must destroy Count Dracula by infiltrating his sanctuary, Castlevania.

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In the late 15th century, vampire slayer Simon Belmont must destroy Count Dracula by infiltrating his sanctuary, Castlevania.

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In this game the Watch freezes some of the early bosses. In nearly all subsequent Castlevania titles, this weapon has no effect on bosses. See more »


The hero Simon's last name is spelled "Belmondo" in the end credits. In all subsequent games it is changed to Belmont in the United States. In Japan, the last name is kept as Berumondo, which is the transliteration of Belmondo. See more »

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Death: Belo Lugosi Frankenstein: Boris Karloffice See more »


Followed by Super Castlevania 4 (1991) See more »

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The original terror, find and defeat Dracula and his castle full of nightmares
6 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those early NES games that really set the NES apart from the old gaming systems such as the Atari. A game with multiple levels and stage bosses, a password system and an ending. It is a fun side scrolling game that is not quite as fast paced as Ninja Gaiden, but has a charm all its own. I especially like the horror theme of the game as the protagonist must fight many old monsters from stories and movies of old. The game is extremely difficult, but once again it is not as difficult as Ninja Gaiden and the three games that make up the Castlevania trilogy is a difficult one, but not as hard as the Ninja Gaiden one. Hard to say which of the two series I like more, this one though would go on to have life after the NES and on the SNES, the Genesis and all the way up to now without really missing a console.

The story is simple enough. Dracula terrorizes the countryside of Transylvania and it is up to Simon Belmont to brave Dracula's castle and destroy the prince of darkness! It will not be easy as he has many monsters roaming the halls of his castle including zombies, bats and Medusa heads! You will also have to take on other classic monsters such as Frankenstein and you will even have to challenge Death itself in a life or dead duel! The game play is standard side scrolling fashion, a fashion that this series pretty much helped shape. Other games would mimic this style of having a character going through a stage fighting monsters and overcoming obstacles before facing a boss at the end of each stage.

So a good game, not as good though after you play part IV which is a remake of this game. That one is longer, has better graphics and controlling Simon Belmont is much easier to do than here. However, the harder controllers here add to the challenge and thus extend the game play a bit. If you were able to use the 16-bit Simon from IV, the game would not last long or have any real challenge to it. So while it is not as good as the remake or the Castlevanias of the later systems, this one has a special charm all its own.

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