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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami
Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES)
Castlevania: Dracula X (AKA 悪魔城ドラキュラXX, Akumajō Dorakyura Ekkusu Ekkusu, lit. Demon Castle Dracula XX in Japan) originally Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the PC Engine version) is a “remake” version developed by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in the early 90’s. In other countries, it is better known as Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss and, yes, the name game can be a little confusing. This doesn’t make Dracula X less than worthy, though, and it is still worth checking out. This game is the sequel to Super Castlevania IV.
Castlevania: Dracula X, just like its predecessors, is a platform-adventure game in which you’ll assume the primary character’s role. In this game, Richter Belmont (from a family of vampire-hunters) takes the spotlight and sets out to save his beloved Annette. As always, the location is in Dracula’s castle and it is him that must be defeated in the end.
Gameplay mainly involves using your trusty whip, which you can only whip in two directions in this game, to slash through the 7 levels that lead to Dracula himself. Also part of Castlevania: Dracula X are jumping over pits, discovering hidden stashes, and defeating bosses using your whip or one of the classic sub weapons (axe, holy water, etc.). Yes, they’re back from the old school Castlevania games.
Furthermore, as with the other games in the series, you will have to defeat a myriad of the undead before reaching the main man, and as characteristic of a true-blue Castlevania game, it will be hard – extremely hard – which is great if you want some real challenge.
But, that said, Castlevania: Dracula X for SNES does not really stand out among the other games under the popular vampire-themed video game title.
Well, the developers have added some new stuff like Richter’s ability to do a super-charged attack that can wipe out enemies. To be able to do this, you must collect and use large sums of hearts. This is definitely a great addition.
If there’s one thing to note about this installment, though, it would be the graphics. Konami did a great job with such a vibrant backdrop and effects for the entire game. Castlevania: Dracula X on Super Nintendo has one of the best visuals in the series and its music is good, too, although probably not as great as Bloody Tears and the other songs from Simon’s Quest.
Generally speaking, this game does what it does best – be a Castlevania game, albeit on the classic side.
Castlevania: Dracula X has been ported to SNES (this version), Virtual Console and NEW Nintendo 3DS.