Video Game: Castlevania: The Adventure

The first Castlevania game for the Game Boy, released in 1989. It also received a Compilation Re-release in the first volume of the Konami GB Collection.

It is 1576, and Dracula once again awakens from his slumber of a hundred years to terrorize Transylvania. As Christopher Belmont (Simon's famed ancestor), the player is tasked with hunting down Dracula.

This game is particularly known for introducing the "whip fireball" to the series, a new whip upgrade that shoots a fireball in the direction of whipping. This power-up returns in the next two Game Boy entries (Belmont's Revenge and Legends), as elemental variations in Circle of the Moon, and as an equippable item in Harmony Of Dissonance.

The Adventure also received a Milestone Celebration Video Game Remake titled, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth.

Castlevania The Adventure provides examples of:

  • Advancing Wall of Doom: Stage 3 is essentially this trope. Not only did you have to destroy gigantic screws in order to keep the spike-laden roof from crushing you to death in the first third of the stage, but you also had to contend with the rising spike floor variety as you SLOWLY climbed up ropes in order to survive the second third of the stage, and then outrun a spike wall for the final third.
    • Soundtrack Dissonance: All that hell of a level is coupled with probably one of the more cheerful-sounding tracks of any Castlevania-game.
  • All There in the Manual: The English manual is pretty ambiguous about the game's storyline, never actually identifying the game's protagonist by name. The American print ad for the game promoted it as Simon Belmont's third adventure, following Castlevania I and Castlevania II Simons Quest. On the other hand, the Japanese manual is pretty clear that the protagonist is Christopher Belmont, Simon's ancestor, who was actually mentioned in the manual for the first Famicom game. The game's sequel, Belmont's Revenge, would be more consistent with the Japanese setting.
  • Degraded Boss: The first boss.
  • Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: Bosses are typically easier than the levels themselves.
  • Enemies with Death: Subverted by the fact that Death doesn't even appear anywhere in the game.
    • However there is a Grim Reaper-esque enemy in the game that throws sickles like a boomerang.
  • Faceless Eye: The Big Eye enemies.
  • Made of Explodium: The rolling eye enemies explode when they're killed. The explosion is potent enough to blow apart pieces of the bridge in Stage 2.
  • Nintendo Hard: Though there are only four stages in the game, said stages are quite lengthy and you only have three lives (assuming you don't pick up 1ups) before starting over at the beginning of the level.
    • Christopher is also the slowest-moving Belmont in the entire series. Until the remake, that is.
  • Power Up Let Down: Christopher's whip downgrades by one level whenever he gets damaged by the enemy. And unlike other games in the series, there are no sub-weapons. Better get used to the Vampire Killer...
  • Rise to the Challenge: One of the sections in the third level had rising spikes.
  • The End... Or Is It?: After the credits roll and our standard The Ruins I Caused shot, all is well in the world. But wait... what is that bat flying out from the ruins of the castle?
  • Whip It Good

Alternative Title(s):

Castlevania The Adventure