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->''"Courage, don't leave me."''
-->-- '''Reinhardt Schneider'''

->''"Whatever awaits, I have no regrets."''
-->-- '''Carrie Fernandez'''

''Castlevania 64'' (Japanese: ''Akumajō Dorakyura Mokushiroku'', "Demon Castle Dracula Apocalypse") was the [[VideoGame3DLeap first 3D entry]] in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' franchise, one that was later given an UpdatedRerelease known as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness''.

Actually, this game's proper name is merely ''[[RecycledTitle Castlevania]]''; [[SuperTitle64Advance the "64" is only added]] to differentiate it from [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI the oft-remade adventure of Simon Belmont]]. For clarity's sake, however, we'll stick with tacking on the "64" moniker.

Both the original and ''Legacy of Darkness'' chronicle the adventures of Reinhardt Schneider, a member of a Belmont branch family who inherited the Vampire Killer, and Carrie Fernandez, related to the Belnades clan, as they enter Dracula's castle to take the vampire out.

Most players think they hit the PolygonCeiling really hard, especially in light of the recent release of the critical darling, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. [[WordOfGod Koji Igarashi]], himself, effectively struck them from the official canon at the same time he disowned ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegends'', but he seems to have warmed up to them significantly in later years -- they were both included in the more recent publications of the ''[=CV=]'' timelines (though [[BroadStrokes minus the descriptions]]), and ''Legacy of Darkness'' star Cornell has roles in both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment Judgment]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Lords of Shadow]]''.

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!! ''Castlevania 64'' provides examples of:

* ActionBomb: Blue Skeletons are ignited to explode, and they chase the player characters relentlessly to hurt them.
* AnachronismStew:
** Skeletons on motorcycles... in the 19th century. And some of them have a buddy in a sidecar wielding a machinegun! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C0xI41RtaU And this is lampshaded by]] WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.
** The Castle Center has models of many things not invented until way after 1852. Could Dracula know the future of mankind?
** The Tower of Science, with its giant formaldehyde canisters, futuristic motif, electric shock currents and guard robots with infrared beams and machine guns.
** And let's not get started on the robotic chainsaw-wielding Frankenstein's monster in the hedge maze.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Finding certain items give an extra outfit to Reinhardt and Carrie. They are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to previous games, letting them dress as [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI Simon Belmont]] and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Maria Renard]], respectively.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The middle game is different for each character, with their own levels and recurring characters.
* AnArmAndALeg: King Skeleton loses three of his limbs (first his free arm and then his legs) as he comes closer to defeat.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Certain bosses are characters with a just cause turned into vampires, including Fernandez Warrior and and Charlie Vincent in the path to the bad ending.
* BroadStrokes: It is debated whether these games are part of IGA's official timeline. IGA, in a 2008 interview with ''Nintendo Power'' magazine (covering ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''), considers these games [[GaidenGame side stories]] and [[CanonDiscontinuity not part of his timeline]], as they're unmentioned on [[http://www.konami.jp/gs/game/dracula/product/data.html the Japanese timeline]] (updated as of 2007's ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles The Dracula X Chronicles]]''), though they were shown in the timeline that came with pre-ordered copies of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', minus the descriptions.
* CameraScrew: Almost a given for early 3D platforming.
* ChainedByFashion: Cornell, the initial protagonist of ''Legacy of Darkness'', was supposed to be in the game in a ball-and-chain prisoner outfit.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler:Under a pretension of PuppyLove, Malus pesters Carrie to marry him in her bad ending. After she accepts, he ominously says, "Now we have a binding contract..."]]
* CreepyChild: Malus, who, after being seemingly escorted out of the castle, is suddenly back with worrisome dialogue. [[spoiler:He's actually Dracula himself, reincarnated in a younger body.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Buy too much stuff from Renon and you'll have to fight him later when he comes to collect his "payment".
* DemBones: Very first enemy to be fought, they are later shown to be led by [[KingMook King Skeleton]] who can call them to his side at a whim.
* DifficultySpike: The nitro/mandragora escort business; before it, you are happily [[WhipItGood whipping]] or [[MagicMissile magig missiling]] enemies on your path, but now you have ''carefully'' move a dangerous item along a hazardous path.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Used on two different occasions during the game. The first example is the Behemoth encountered in the Castle Center, which uses the same battle theme as the final boss. The second is [[spoiler:Dracula's Servant]] atop the final stage, which has a unique battle theme to himself.
* DramaticThunder: A lightning bolt strikes in the background just as Actrise reveals that she [[OffingTheOffspring killed her own child]] to further her goals.
* EarlyBirdBoss: Skeleton King, thanks to appearing before the player gets the hang of the controls.
* EasyModeMockery: If played on Easy, the game ends after the Behemoth boss battle in the Castle Center.
* FastForwardMechanic: The Sun and Moon cards can be used to advance the current time so you can (among other things) have certain timed encounters and battle vampires during the day when they're weaker.
* FlunkyBoss: King Skeleton summons common skeleton enemies to its aid by bashing the ground with its bone-club.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: When you open the second gate to the castle, the clock tower bells begin to ring. Then the camera pans up...and ''Dracula'' is seen [[PowerFloats hovering in the sky]]. He then threatens you with a painful death, indulges in an EvilLaugh, and vanishes.
* FrankensteinsMonster: The gardener of the Villa's maze garden. Taking a page from [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]], his right hand is replaced by [[ChainsawGood a chainsaw]].
* GardenOfEvil:
** While the surrounding garden of the Villa doesn't have any evil plantlife, it does have its guardians to make up for that slight.
** There's also the garden of white roses, which are periodically watered with blood.
* GoodWingsEvilWings:
** In the evil side of things, Death has a pair of black wings to fly around.
** In the path to good ending, [[spoiler:Malus approaches the player on a winged horse. It would be suspicious enough by itself , but the horse has bat wings]].
* GuideDangIt:
** The game doesn't really tell you that the ending is in fact impacted by how much time you took to get there.
** Most of the secrets require the player to locate insanely-placed invisible platforms that are usually exactly halfway between the nearest savepoints and / or right before the end of the level. There is ''never'' any indication of the platform's position, and one even has a gap deliberately placed right before the nearest visible platform to kill you on the way back.
* HappilyAdopted: Carrie mentions that she was raised by a loving and caring step-mother who ultimately sacrificed herself to save her, to contrast the villainous Actrise who just casually claimed she slew her own biological child as the first of 100 child sacrifices to resurrect Dracula.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The vampire hunter Charles Vincent warns you against trying to defeat Dracula in his place. Take too long, and he himself will be vampirized. Win quickly enough, and [[TheCavalry he'll come through for you when you need it]].
* HedgeMaze: The villa stage has a nasty hedge maze you have to run through while being chased by its gardener and his two [[AttackAnimal stone dogs]]. Of course you only have to explore about an eighth of the maze and, if you know where to go, will likely get through before the chain-saw monster and his pals even shows up.
* InUniverseGameClock: The game has a day/night cycle, which affects some enemies.
* IntimidatingRevenueService: Renon starts out as a demon shopkeeper; you can use his contract to summon him if you should happen to find it lying around for a DungeonShop, and purchase any supplies you need. Just before the final boss, he shows up to let you know you won't see him ever again, but how the story plays out depends on your spending habits; if you were thrifty, he tells you a war is brewing elsewhere, which will give better profit margins than selling chicken drumsticks to a single adventurer. If you spent more than 30000 gold, he reveals that there was some fine print in the contract that Carrie ([[LoopholeAbuse could not read because it was written in a demonic language]]); specifically, there's a tax on his services that he has to collect now, and that tax is '''''your soul!''''' Cue fighting for your very life.
* KickTheDog:
** Actrise forces Carrie to fight her vampirized cousin.
** Reinhardt being forced to attack Rosa counts as this.
* KidHero: Carrie is 12 years old.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler: Malus is actually reborn Dracula, the one you fight in the Castle Keep is just an impostor]].
* LizardFolk:
** Lizardmen armed with [[ProngsOfPoseidon tridents]], [[DualWielding dual weapons]] and swords and shields are an encounters in the Undergorund Waterway and inside the Dracula's castle.
** Player character also comes across one Heinrich Meyer, a merchant who was turned into a lizardman when he came to the castle looking for a good deal. He helps the player by giving information regarding the upcoming nitro and mandragora business, and handing out a key.
* LoveRedeems: The vampire Rosa appears in everyone's plot, but it is Reinhardt who comes to know her, stops her SuicideBySunlight attempt, [[spoiler: and refuses to kill her in battle later. She eventually [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices herself to save him from Death]], and [[DeusExMachina she is reborn as a human at the end]].]]
* MultipleEndings: There's a bad and good ending, and getting them depends on how fast you make your way through the castle.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Malus, whose name means "evil" in Latin. Then there's his ''real'' name, Dracula (Romanian for "dragon)]].
* NitroExpress: Carryin the nitro causes the player to explode from enemy attacks and attempts at jumping, forcing the player into various InsurmountableWaistHeightFence situations.
* NoHeroDiscount: Justified. Renon is a demon, and he has no reason to care less about saving the world from vampires. As long there is profit to be made, he is content.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Malus's outfit when turns into an adult. [[spoiler:An adult Dracula, that is]].
* NothingIsScarier: The Room of Clocks. Its soundtrack is made of ticking noises and it has SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity for... nothing at all.
* OminousLatinChanting:
** The game's version of "Dance of Illusions" has a (synthesized) choir as part of the music.
** There is also a track called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWENQZlkrgU Stairway to the Clouds]]", that plays before entering the Castle Keep. It is made of nothing but an ominous male choir and [[ForDoomTheBellTolls bells]].
* OneWingedAngel: Dracula's final form, which has an upped body of a demon/dragon and [[OurCentaursAreDifferent the lower body of a centipede]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The [=N64=] games are, thus far, the only games in the franchise to have vampires as common {{Mook}}s, and vampirism is even a [[StandardStatusEffects status effect]]. If you contract it and it's not healed in time, you get a NonstandardGameOver after watching your character sprout an angry face and fangs.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Alongside with the standard werewolf, Duel Tower also features a werejaguar, a weretiger and a werebull.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Reinhardt and Carrie go to Dracula's castle in the year 1852 for their respective missions, but they never encounter one another.
* SeeYouInHell: Upon defeat, Death angrily tells Reinhardt that he'll be waiting him in hell, and "keep a warm place" for him.
* ShamuFu: Death can cast a spell that throws a giant demonic fish at you.
* ShowsDamage: King Skeleton and Behemoth lose pieces of themselves as they lose health.
* SpiderPeople: Arachnes, women whose lower body is that of a GiantSpider. The spider still has its own head, giving the creature two mouths.
* StockSoundEffects: Every metal gate in the game seems to suffer from [[http://www.entertonement.com/clips/glnvyhrndp--metaldoor The Creaky Metal Door]] syndrome.
* StockSubtitle: Used for the original Japanese title, ''Demon Castle Dracula: Apocalypse''.
* StorybookOpening: The game starts with the book already open on the a page holding the file select menu. Starting a new game results in your signature appearing on the document, and the pages flipping backwards to reveal it's a copy of [[spoiler:the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necronomicon]]]].
* SuperDrowningSkills: {{Handwave}}d by the protagonists by having them remark that the water has been '[[GrimyWater poisoned]]' by the evil of the castle. The steam that rises whenever you fall in seems to suggest a more malicious chemical at work, though.
* ThemeTuneCameo: In the intro to the game, Malus plays a haunting song on his violin. The song is actually a DarkReprise of "Opposing Bloodlines" from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'', with a slower tempo.
* VillainBall: In the good endings, [[spoiler:the player doesn't catch on the ruse that Dracula that they just defeated was just an impostor until Malus reveals himself to be the real Dracula, for no other reason than to give the player a TrueFinalBoss]].
* WarForFunAndProfit: In the final, non-confrontational (if you played your cards right) encounter with Renon, he states he is needed elsewhere, since an impending global war is about to break out, and it is going to open wonderful business opportunities.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the path to good ending, Vincent appears to dose [[spoiler:Dracula, who has again assumed the shape of young Malus to trick the player character,]] with holy water. After the ensuing TrueFinalBoss fight, he disappears from the game.
* WickedWitch: Actrise, who is willing to slaughter children in order to gain her goals.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Carrie, Malus and Actrise.

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