Review: Castlevania – Dracula X – Rondo of Blood

The next stop in my playthrough of the series is the mythical “Rondo of Blood“. This game was originally released on the TurboGrafx16, a system I never had any experience with. Long hailed as one of the best Castlevania games of all time, I was always very curious about it. There was a watered down …
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Review: Super Castlevania IV

 Castlevania, the company surprised everyone by releasing a revamped version of the original game instead of launching a brand new title. Sold in the USA as Super Castlevania IV, many bought it thinking it was one of Simon’s “further adventures”. However, as mentioned above, it has since been declared to be a glorified re-telling of …
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Review: Castlevania Adventure II – Belmont’s Revenge

I’ve moved on the the next installment of the Adventure series, Belmont’s Revenge. This game takes place in 1591, several years after the original. In this chapter, Christopher Belmont’s son, Soleiyu, goes exploring and discovers four unmapped castles. During his exploration, he is enveloped by a supernatural mist and disappears. Suspecting the forces of evil …
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Review: The Castlevania Adventure

The Castlevania Adventure is the first handheld Castlevania title. In the early days of the Game Boy’s release, developers were in a rush to make a GB title for their franchises. Many of these early games were thrown together and done rather poorly. Fortunately, as time went by, developers figured out how to better implement …
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Review: Castlevania III – Dracula’s Curse

Finishing off the original trilogy is Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Despite its name, this game actually serves as a prequel to the first two titles in the series. In it, you play as Trevor Belmont, one of Simon’s ancestors. After years of exile due to their Supernatural powers, the Church calls upon the Belmont family to rid the …
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Review: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Back for the next installment of the Castlevania playthrough and review. As one might predict, the success of Castlevania brought a sequel. However, it is not what you might expect. Castlevania II is not merely an update to the original stage-by-stage platformer. It is something altogether different. The game takes place 7 years after the …
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Review: Castlevania

When I was a kid, no other game had cooler monsters and a scarier atmosphere than Castlevania. It’s creepy, but just campy enough to keep you from getting scared. For those that are not familiar, here’s the set up: Transylvania, a place we all know and love. Filled with gypsies and creepy things. But, every …
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October, Dracula, and Castlevania…

Well, here we are: October. Probably my favorite month of the year. There’s just something about the change of the seasons that appeal to me. I enjoy the crisp bite in the autumn air, the sound of the breeze through the leaves, and something childlike in me really enjoys the creepy feeling that you get …
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Review: Zelda II – The Adventure of Link

As one would suspect, after the smashing success of The Legend of Zelda, a sequel was not too far behind. For the follow-up, Nintendo made the bold move to creating an entirely different game. Unlike it’s predecessor, Zelda II is not presented entirely in a top-down, bird’s-eye view. Instead, this game consists of two different …
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Review: The Legend of Zelda

It didn’t matter if you were a fan of “sword and sorcery” games or not. When you saw the shiny gold cartridge that contained The Legend of Zelda, you were intrigued. At least, this was true for me. Until Zelda came along, I never gave much thought to things like wizards and dragons. I was …
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