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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami
Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis)
Castlevania: Bloodlines (AKA バンパイアキラー Banpaia Kira, Vampire Killer in Japan) is a 2D adventure platform video game developed by Konami for the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive in Europe) in 1994. Next to Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, it was one of the better and more memorable entries in the Castlevania series.
Players can play as either whip wielding Belmonte, yes that Belmonte clan, descendant John Morris or the spear stabbing Spaniard Eric Lecarde. Each character has different mechanics that provide players with a different play style. This, at the very least, has the effect of doubling the game’s play value since playing as either character for the length of the game makes for a different experience.
Castlevania: Bloodlines was memorable for being the first title to not be set in a single location. Both characters travel to different locales throughout Europe in pursuit of Dracula’s beautiful niece, Elizabeth Bartley, who instigated World War I to collect souls so she can resurrect her dead uncle dearest.
Nothing can be said about the gameplay of Castlevania: Bloodlines other than it delivers the kind of solid action platformer action that the series was known for. The levels are well designed with very macabre aesthetics. All the bosses are as challenging as they are creatively designed. And the level of difficulty is what one would expect for a game that was released during this era.
The graphics and audio presentation are both executed well. The looks and animations are some of the best to have ever been produced for the Sega Genesis. The audio track’s gothic anthems mesh well with the looks of the environment and the pacing of Castlevania: Bloodlines.
Players who aren’t used to early era platformers will note a significant difficulty in playing this game. Again, this game was released during an era where nearly everything in a platformer game was trying to kill the player, so that’s something that gamers should learn to appreciate.
Castlevania: Bloodlines was not a revolutionary title, but was one of the better entries to a classic series on the Sega Genesis. Fans who want to a solid Castlevania title to play would do well to play this game.