Castlevania Nintendo 64
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Dec 31, 1998

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 90
    A gorgeous rendition of the old Castlevania tale. Castlevania’s a 3D platform spectacle that definitely warrants a good look from N64 owners everywhere--you won’t find better hauntings than this one.
  2. The first attempt to bring the Belmonts to 3D was, for its time, an excellent one. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  3. If you're prepared to overlook, or at least work around, the faults, Castlevania is well worth considering. The only thing that old hands at Castlevania will be left wondering is why you can't swing with the whip.
  4. 82
    Overall, we walked away from Castlevania relieved that Konami didn't screw up its more than 10-year-old gaming series. Whether the move to full 3D was smart, or not, Castlevania is fun to play -- and that's what counts. Turn up your stereo, turn off the lights and enjoy.
  5. Oddly compelling 3D vampire-hunting that fans of the series should definitely not miss. A well-balanced, challenging gameplay experience that's filled with pretty visuals, awesome (though limited) music, plenty of secrets, and some incredible bosses (just wait until you see Death... whew!).
  6. A refreshing change of pace from most of the cutesy games that come out for the N64. It's a fun ride, and as the first 3d game in the series, it shows the versatility of the series.
  7. I have never seen a land so desperately in need of a cemetery. A decent game. If you are a fan of the series, definitely pick this one up.
  8. While some people may feel that Castlevania was not meant to be 3D, we'd have to sorely disagree, being pleasantly surprised with the job Konami have done here. Have no doubt, Castlevania 64 kicks some major butt!!!
  9. Yes, the graphics are less than desired and the camera and control can be bothersome. But the quest as a whole -- action, platforming, story and challenge -- is so satisfying that the problems can be overlooked. Be sure to give it a shot.
  10. It's one of those games you just buy on the name alone -- unfortunately, it's also one of those games that hold the potential to make a killing, but leave the impact of a mosquito on a windshield. It's not horrendous or even bad; just extremely disappointing in execution.
  11. Very decent. Old fans of the 2D installment and first time players should look into this title.
  12. A worthy 3D update of the 2D classics. It's a decent third-person action game with a decent story and great atmosphere.
  13. I really want to like Castlevania, but I can’t. Konami made a truly complete quest by throwing in a very long section leading up to the Castle, but ultimately it becomes boring. Once you actually get into some of the architecture, the bad camera angles and less than perfect collision detection makes the game an exercise in frustration most of the time.
  14. Proves that the third dimension isn’t always the savior it claims to be when attempting to offer game series another shot at glory for a new generation. Certain transitions simply aren’t meant to succeed.
  15. Pales in comparison to its cousins and is not worth the money to buy. With repetitive gameplay and almost no depth, you're better off letting Dracula ravage the countryside. Might help lower global population numbers.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    this game is SOOOO underrated. Trust me this game is AMAZING. Do not listen all of these castlevania fanboys who say this game is sucks. First, it's the castlevania with the best atmosphere, the music are greats, two playable characters (Reinhardt and Carrie) with exclusive levels for each, alternative endings depending on your actions and unlockable costumes. But don't be fooled by the first level of the game (forest of silence), the game gets better thereafter. However, the game suffers of problems of camera, the platform sequences are sometimes difficult due to the camera and the lack of checkpoints within levels and levels are often labyrinthine so you will be often lost. But these problems are nothing compared to these great qualities and do not listen to people who tell you that this game is bad, IT IS NOT THE TRUE. Greatly underrated Full Review »
  2. May 27, 2012
    This game used to piss me off so much, but when I played it again when I was older I realized it was actually a pretty good game with a great atmosphere Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    i liked this game it had dark atmosphere the characters had personality, even though it had severe camera problems and bad implemented platforms the action and the story were fun enough to keep you interested Full Review »