[[caption-width-right:300:[-Since Dracula was dead at the time, [[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Count Strahd von Zarovich]] filled in for him for the box art.-]]]


[[folder: What a horrible night to have a curse. ]]
"''[[note]]Or, loosely translated: "And so begins the frightening night", in the Japanese version.[[/note]]
-->-- '''Narration'''

The second entry in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, set seven years after the original. Simon Belmont was victorious over Dracula, yet it feels like someone's driven a stake through ''his'' heart: He's been struck with Dracula's curse (not to be confused with the game called ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse Dracula's Curse]]''), [[WoundThatWillNotHeal preserving the injuries]] he sustained in that battle.

With not long to live, Simon is met by a WaifProphet in a dream who reveals how to shatter the curse: Simon must [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the five body parts of Dracula]] from five well guarded mansions and deliver them to the ruins of Castlevania. There, Simon can resurrect Dracula in order to face him again in a final battle to decide the fate of both himself and Transylvania.

A very ambitious title for its day, ''Simon's Quest'' took the basic gameplay of its predecessor and mixed in RPGElements such as experience levels, shops, a [[EternalEquinox day/night cycle]], and a freely-explorable world. It is the first ''Castlevania'' game in the {{Metroidvania}} genre. As a result of this (particularly its ambition perhaps exceeding the capabilities of its target platform and alloted development cycle), it received a ''very'' mixed reception and its triumphs and failings remain topics of debate even today.

[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse The next game]] in the series would abandon most of the innovations in ''Simon's Quest'' to focus on improving the original PlatformGame model. However, Konami would revisit the ''Castlevania II'' mold with ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'' ten years later, and this style would end up defining the subsequent decade of the franchise.

This game also holds the distinction of being the very first game Creator/JamesRolfe reviewed as WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.


* AllThereInTheManual: A lot of the the things the townspeople tell you that are chalked up to BlindIdiotTranslation are actually just plain lies. The manual tells you that townsfolk, and even some of the books, lie. The Japanese version also had the dialogue boxes themselves hint you as to whether their content was true or false (anything presented as truth was true, anything presented as a rumor wasn't), but it got lost in translation.
* AntiGrinding: Collecting hearts also gives you experience points, but once you reach a given threshold of experience in any given area, this stops. It's roughly analogous to one level per mansion visited.
* BeefGate: Left from the starting town, the fireball spitting fast-moving monsters that take 8 hits with the starting whip to kill ensure that the player knows he's supposed to start out [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight by going to the right]]. Their first hit generally knocks you back into town, but if you get past them, there's also a poisonous marsh with additional monsters in said marsh that inflict heavy damage.
* BlindIdiotTranslation:
** The game was already full of vague or straight-up lying [=NPC=]s -- the English translation added some more by accident. Thoroughly dissected [[http://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/diff here]].
** The [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/nes/a/cv2-3.htm worst ending]] has the most upbeat description, the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/nes/a/cv2-2.htm middle ending]] has the worst description, and the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/nes/a/cv2.htm best ending]] has a good but unenthusiastic description, suggesting that somebody mixed up what ending text goes with which ending image.
* BlobMonster: One of the blue enemies.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: The wounds from Simon's battle with Dracula in the previous game are the setup for this one.
* {{Cap}}: You can only carry 256 hearts, and Simon's level caps at a mere 6.
* CollisionDamage
* ContinuingIsPainful: Dying on your last life results in the reduction of your heart count to zero. Since hearts are used as currency and ammunition and every item has an expensive price tag, this always equates to a severe loss of time invested in collecting them. It also adds several hours to the in-game clock, making it that much harder to get one of the better endings.
-->''Oh look! I finally got enough hearts to go and buy a plant that I need to cross the swamp. Now let me get to the store. Oh shit! It's fucking night time!! Now the stores are all closed and I have to wait for it to turn day again! Oh well, I might as well kill some zombies in the meantime and stock up on some more hearts. *Dies on his last life* Oh shit!! Now I have to start all over again!''
-->-- The Angry Video Game Nerd
* ContinuityNod: The final part of the game has you revisiting the ruins of Dracula's Castle from the previous game.
* CueTheSun: Whenever the game changes from night to day.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Losing all your lives will simply dump you back at the start of the screen you were currently on. Sure, it'll strip away your hearts, but it doesn't take long to mine those (especially at night).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: This game has a few parallels with ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''; in both games, the main villains are dead and their minions are causing havoc across the countryside, and the entire format changes from their respective originals, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks which many people complained about]], thus making both games the "Blacks Sheep" of their respective series.
* EarnYourBadEnding: The ending you get depends on how quickly you beat the game. Beating it within 8 days grants you the only ending where ''Dracula comes back to life''. The other endings have Dracula permanently dead.
** EarnYourHappyEnding: However, in that ending, Simon is free from the curse and he can live the rest of his life until the next time Dracula rises. In the other endings, Simon succumbs to his wounds and dies as well.
* EternalEquinox: Day always starts when the timer hits 06:00, night always starts when the timer hits 18:00. The timer resets at 24:00, making day and night equal length.
* FakePlatform: Plenty.
* FanRemake:
** There's been numerous attempts at 'fixing' the game, especially after WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd made his first video. But the most complete one is called ''Castlevania II: Dracula's Shadow''. Adding new characters, item crashes, alchemy, new areas, bosses, and a host of other improvements while making the game a whole lot clearer. You can check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QouE-JHDq0 this review for more details.]]
** Related to this, but more of a GameMod, is ''Castlevania 2: Simon's Redaction'', as seen below.
* FollowTheLeader: After WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd ripped this game a new one purely as a comedy bit he didn't really mean as James Rolfe, real angry video game nerds everywhere started bashing it furiously in droves for real.
* GameMod: Like a lot of classic NES games, multiple hacks exist, such as one that replaces the townsfolk and enemies with characters from other games. One of the more noteable mods, despite changing very little, is ''Castlevania 2: Simon's Redaction'', which replaces the cryptic dialog with more well-written and accurate dialog, speeds up the day/night transition, and even changes Dracula's face to look more like Dracula as we know him.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: The gold knife.
* GuideDangIt: WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd had a field day with this one as his first episode.
** See the AllThereInTheManual entry.
** [[http://www.gamespot.com/castlevania-ii-simons-quest/reviews/castlevania-ii-simons-quest-review-6182311/ GameSpot's review]] makes sure to point out that internet guides make the game easier than in its release (but point out "[[SelfImposedChallenge you can try to work through the game the old-fashioned way by throwing holy water on every brick and kneeling down on every inch of ground.]]").
** If you hadn't already found out through experimentation that Dracula's Nail lets you break down walls with your whip, odds are you learned about it just now by reading this. There sure isn't anything in the game that so much as hints at it.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: The levels can be pretty hard at times, but the boss fights are pathetic. You can literally walk past and ignore them. And even if you do fight them, they usually have one attack that's very easy to dodge.
** SequelDifficultyDrop applies, but the mansions are full of dead ends, pitfalls, secret passages through seemingly solid walls, and strategically placed enemies that can make things really challenging. It doesn't help that, even when you get the body part inside the mansion and defeat the boss (if there is one), you have to backtrack to the entrance.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Implied in the worst ending, since Simon is not standing by Dracula's grave, though the text is cheerful. Outright stated in the moderate ending, though he is standing in front of the grave.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The reason the townspeople often lie to you is because they blame Simon for Dracula's curse that has befallen the land. In one of the last towns, the locals are hostile and tell you to leave, and it also doesn't help that Simon intends to resurrect Dracula in order to kill him.
* InfallibleBabble: Averted. The townspeople will often offer clues that are misleading, confusing, or just plain false. This was deliberate from the get-go rather than a case of mistranslation, since the Japanese version also has plenty of bogus clues.
* InUniverseGameClock: There is a day/night cycle. Enemies take twice as many hits to kill at night, but give greater amounts of currency for doing so. Towns are also closed at night. Time moves at 240x real time -- that is, 6 minutes of real life equals 1 day in the game. Time is frozen when indoors. Finally, the number of days that pass in the game [[MultipleEndings determines which ending you get]].
* InvincibilityPowerUp: Laurels, which make you invincible and can be stockpiled.
* KillItWithFire: The Sacred Flame, the Flame Whip.
* LevelUpFillUp: Your only way of restoring life short of visiting a church. Or [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist dying on purpose]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: The Famicom Disk System version takes a while to load between each screen, particularly bad if an enemy causes you knockback that sends you back to the previous screen. Fixed in the international/cartridge version where the loading became instantaneous.
* LowLevelRun: It's possible to beat the game at level 0. The trick is to immediately go LEFT from the first town and get to the Morning Star with your original 50 hearts plus every small heart you can get. Your defense will suffer, but your attack won't. Dracula can kill you in one hit.
* {{Metroidvania}}: [[OlderThanTheyThink Predates SotN by eight years.]]
* MadeOfIron: Simon was relatively fragile in the first game, but by the time you reach the maximum level, he can take ''96'' hits without dying from all but the strongest enemies. But he still sinks in water like...well...''iron''.
* MoodDissonance: Related to the MultipleEndings, the "Worst" Ending (the one you get if you take too long) is in black and white and [[spoiler:Simon is not standing at Dracula's grave, implying that he died]], but the text is the most uplifting of the three endings and there is no mention of [[spoiler:Simon dying]]. The "second-worst" ending is in color on a bright sunny day, and Simon is at Dracula's grave, but the text is the most bleak and depressing of the three, explicitly stating [[spoiler:that Simon dies]]. And finally, the "Best" ending has [[spoiler:[[SequelHook Dracula's hand breaking through the soil]]]].
* MultipleEndings: [[InUniverseGameClock Take too long]] to kill Dracula, and it's DownerEnding time for you! Of course, once you know where time runs and where it doesn't, the bad ending is easily avoidable.
** Some guide at [=GameFAQs=] or somewhere once made an elaborate explanation of the three endings pointing out how there is an extremely complex system that calculates several other things in addition to time, but almost no one can understand it and somehow time always seems to be the main deciding factor.
** The Best Ending requires you to beat the game in less than 8 day-night cycles, the bad ending in 8 to 15 cycles, and the worst ending in +15 cycles.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The second-to-last town thinks you're the direct cause of all the havoc that's being wreaked throughout Transylvania. [[TheLegionsOfHell Dracula's minions]] are still out for blood, after all. (To be fair, they have a point: Simon is trying to resurrect Dracula purely for his own sake, now.) [[GhostTown The last town is deserted.]]
-->"After ''{{VideoGame/Castlevania|I}}'', I warned you not to return."
* NothingIsScarier: Possibly what the developers were going for with Dracula's Castle, which is completely abandoned.
* PointOfNoReturn: There's a long drop just before Dracula. Simon doesn't have the means to get out of this pit once he falls down.
* PlotCoupon: This game introduced the concept of collecting body parts to reach the final Dracula fight, which was repeated in ''Symphony of the Night'' and ''Harmony of Dissonance''.
** PlotCouponThatDoesSomething: Four of the five parts give you secondary benefits if you equip them. Dracula's Rib gives you a shield that takes effect when standing or crouching, Dracula's Eye makes hidden clues visible, Dracula's Heart prompts the ferryman to take you to a different location, and Dracula's Nail lets you destroy walls with your whip.
* RaisedHandOfSurvival: If you beat the game quickly enough, the ending you receive will show what happens to Simon, then the screen goes dark except for Dracula's tombstone and a hand reaches through the ground.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: After the first game, Dracula was defeated and his body was divided into five parts, which Simon Belmont must put together, to resurrect Dracula and kill him again.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: Getting past the [[GuideDangIt obtuse hints]], the sequel to the first is ridiculously easy due to a variety of factors, such as:
** Permanent whip upgrades which do a lot more damage than in other Belmont-based titles.
** Less aggressive enemies that [[FlashofPain freeze]] more than usual on hit.
** A relative lack of BottomlessPits and LedgeBats.
** Simon getting a ''ridiculous'' amount of health thanks to the game's [[RPGElements leveling system]], as well as respawning in the same location after dying ''and'' continuing.
** The overpowered sacred flame and golden dagger.
** Only three bosses in the game, two of which can be [[SkippableBoss skipped]] and the [[FinalBoss last]] of which can be defeated easily with one of several exploits.
* SequelHook: The "best" ending [[spoiler:shows Dracula's hand rising out of the dirt in front of his grave]].
** This example is notable because the next game ended up being a prequel. The story timeline [[SequelGap wouldn't be advanced until a half decade later]].
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: Averted. The dagger has a short range, no cost to use, and can be spammed. The silver knife and golden knife can only be thrown one at a time, and they cover the whole screen.
* ShoutOut: The infamous line "DON'T LOOK INTO THE DEATH STAR" likely refers to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', rather than the [[Franchise/StarWars more infamous battle station]].
** The artwork of Dracula on the front cover of the game resembles the Clyde Caldwell cover of the original ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' module from [[Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]]. "Resembles" here means "identical except that Dracula/Strahd is looking at the viewer instead of directly forward, and Simon Belmont is superimposed on the foreground."
** The Black Dahlia Murder, the heavy metal band, named their first demo album after the quote at the top of the page.
* SkippableBoss: Most avoidable reaper ever. Even if you do fight him, he's pathetically easy, which is funny, considering he's usually the ''hardest'' boss of most of the ''Castlevania'' games he's in. Technically, he still is the hardest boss if not skipped, but see HardLevelsEasyBosses above.
* SuperDrowningSkills: For some reason, Simon Belmont sinks like a rock.
-->''This guy can go all over fighting hordes of evil monsters... but he can't even fucking swim!?''
-->-- '''The Angry Video Game Nerd'''
** Simon ''is'' wearing metal armor (as depicted on the cover art), which would make anyone sink like a rock.
** This game also has poison water, which is just a different color. But landing in poison water just drains your health slowly, compared to regular water which kills you instantly. Yes, in this universe, adding poison to water makes it LESS deadly.
* TakeYourTime: The in-game clock is paused whenever indoors, which means you can spend as much time inside the mansions as you want without it affecting the time of day or the game's overall runtime. Abusing this is essential to getting the best ending; you can level up and grind for hearts all you want inside mansions while the time is frozen.
* {{Trailers}}: You can take your pick of the classic 80's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkqbw9Y0fVM commercial]] or the modern fan-made trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGudlj4kxSo&list=PLSQLREUw9vwmE8HYXkE0uYgR6ur64hjIQ&index=19 here]].
* [[{{Uberwald}} Überwald]]: Almost the entire game other than the mansions and the ruins of Dracula's Castle. It's one of the things that makes it stand out among other games where it's either all castle or a more balanced mix of outdoors and castle environments.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Compared to other incarnations, this version of Dracula is perhaps the easiest to dispatch, with a couple of glaring "he can't hurt you if you use this" methods of taking him out. [[spoiler:There's the obvious method of spamming [[InvincibilityPowerUp laurels]], which should last you more than long enough to win, or spamming the Golden Dagger or Sacred Flame at Drac, which freezes him in place and prevents him from attacking.]]
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: What Dracula's curse entails for Simon.