The most recent version of Simon Belmont's assault on Dracula's castle in 1691.
Originally titled Akumajo Dracula
(same as the original Castlevania
) and released solely in Japan in 1993 for the Sharp X68000
computer, it was rereleased worldwide on the Sony PlayStation
in 2001 as Castlevania Chronicles
Castlevania Chronicles provides examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: Dracula keeps M. C. Escher's Relativity and Salvador Dali's Persistance of Memory (or pretty good copies of them) in his private art gallery!
- A.I. Breaker: The dolls in the tower freeze up and stop homing in on you when you climb the stairs, but they'll still move relative to your climbing. Reposition yourself and whip them as you see fit.
- Beastess: This is the only female werewolf in the series to date. How does she compare? The typical series werewolf uses charging attacks, fireballs and a ground pound. This werewolf rips the clock tower apart trying to kill you.
- Bilingual Bonus: The dolls shout at you in Japanese. When activated, they say either "Kaerinasai!" (Get out!) or "Omae Wa Dare?!" (Who are you?!). When they evade your attacks, they shout "Yamete!" (Stop it!) or if they're whipped, "Iyaa!!" (No!!)
- Creepy Doll: What do you expect from the place called Tower of Dolls?
- Denial of Diagonal Attack: Simon can only whip downwards or diagonally downwards when jumping, now. After Super Castlevania IV, this is very jarring.
- Disturbed Doves: Seen at the ending of Original mode.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: See No Fair Cheating below
- Each new game plus tweaks the obstacles you face. For example, by the second loop, the black panthers in Dracula's Castle can jump at will, and the ninja maids can roll at you ala Blanka. By the third loop, the animated patrol armors get aggressive when you occupy the same platform as them.
- Elite Mook: Frankenstein's Monster appears as a sort of midboss in Stage 7. In a similar vein, a Stained Glass Knight appears just before the fight with Medusa.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: And they also set the stage (and the enemies) on fire.
- Foreboding Architecture: The skull door to the last section of Dracula's keep, attended by Ninja Maids.
- Foreshadowing: Half-way through stage 2 you'll see the giant dragon skeleton. Guess who's the Boss?
- A Glass of Chianti: This is the first game to depict Dracula with a glass in hand.
- An Ice Person: The Ice Wizard.
- Mana Burn: If the Ice Wizard boss hits you with the dragon head attack, it'll drain your heart stock.
- Meaningful Background Event: On the background of the second area of stage 2 you can see winged shapes with spears flying by. They attack you ten seconds later.
- New Game+: Each play through bumps the difficulty, for a max of 8 different play throughs
- Ninja Maid: Unlike the later vacuuming martial artists, these lithely leap around and throw knives.
- Turns Red: Some of them turn wild and shoot homing fireballs at you if you strike them.
- Nintendo Hard: Thankfully, the remake tones down the difficulty for the Arrange Mode.
- If you're a sucker for punishment, try taking on the original mode and all its New Game Pluses.
- No Fair Cheating: The first stage closely resembles the first stage of the original Castlevania. Thus, you might know exactly where the wall meat is hidden. Nope, it's been moved. In its place, how about an infinite supply of fleamen?
- Nostalgia Level:
- Stage 1 is copied almost brick-to-brick from original Castlevania.
- Stage 2 has elements from original game's first half of Stage 4.
- The first of Stage 3 has elements from original game's second half of Stage 4.
- Stage 4 is basically Stage 2 from original game with the giant blood crying statue. It also has elements of the Church segment from the first level of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
- The beginning of Stage 6 is the same as the beginning of final stage from Super Castlevania IV.
- Stage 7 is stage 5 from the original game.
- Orchestra Hit Techno Battle: The final boss track "You Goddamned Bathead!"
- Redheaded Hero: The remake was the first game to depict Simon with red hair (and drawn by Ayami Kojima). He hasn't been seen with another color since.
- Scenery Gorn: Stage 7 is given a much bloodier overhaul from the original Castlevania's Stage 5, complete with hanging, partially dismembered corpses and gory body parts left on several operating tables.
- Stalactite Spite: In stage 2.
- Subverted Innocence: One of the later rooms is an art gallery that starts off with a colorful mural of an outdoor scene on the back wall. (It even changes season based on the time of year.) The beauty of the area doesn't last.
- Tears from a Stone: A large statue produces Tears of Blood. They turn into red skeletons, too. Guess what BGM plays in that stage? (which is stage 4 by the way).