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  • Summary: Classics that defined the Castlevania series.

    This KONAMI Castlevania Collection is designed to be a collection around the origins of the historic franchise. Included is a unique eBook that has details provided by developers, artists and other inspired by the Castlevania legacy. Released as
    Classics that defined the Castlevania series.

    This KONAMI Castlevania Collection is designed to be a collection around the origins of the historic franchise.
    Included is a unique eBook that has details provided by developers, artists and other inspired by the Castlevania legacy.
    Released as part of the KONAMI 50th Anniversary celebration, now the best time to relive these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre.

    Game List:

    Castlevania (1987/US, 1988/EU)
    Enter At Your Own Risk! If you think it's scary on the outside, wait till you see the basement.
    You're in for the longest night of your life. Ghosts, goblins, demons, wolves, bats creatures lurking around every corner. Better pick up a weapon or two, because when you finally meet the Count, you know he'll be going for the jugular.

    Castlevania Simon's Quest1988/US, 1990/EU) NES
    This title tells the tale of Simon's subsequent adventures following the events in Castlevania.
    Unlike the previous installment, this one was developed as an action RPG. It maintains the action elements of its predecessor but mainly focuses on exploration and puzzle solving within a far more expansive game world.

    Castlevania Dracula's Curse (1990/US, 1992/EU) NES
    Led by the immortal Count Dracula, the greatest army of evil ever assembled is poised to bury mankind in a tomb of terror. Destroying His legions will be the supreme challenge for the mightiest warrior.
    100 years before Simon Belmont's birth, Dracula is young at heart and it will take more than a stake to penetrate his evil. Luckily, you command the role of Trevor - Simon's forefather and the original vampire slayer.

    Super Castlevania (1991/US, 1992/EU) SNES
    A century of Transylvanian tranquility is about to come to a shocking end. Once again the mortifying screams of helpless villagers shake the ground as they shrink from new horrors unleashed by the Duke of Darkness, Count Dracula. And this time he has a tombstone with your name on it, Simon Belmont.

    Castlevania The Adventure (1989/US, 1991/EU) GB
    This is the first title in the series to be released on the Game Boy handheld game console.
    The variety of power-ups available for the whip added depth to the strategy of the gameplay.

    Castlevania Belmont's Revenge (1991/US, 1992/EU) GB
    Fifteen years after vanquishing the evil Count Dracula, Christopher Belmont now faces a vampire swearing vengeance. Drac's back. And he's turned your son, Soleil Belmont, into a deadly demon to do his dirty deeds. To rescue him from the Count's clutches, you must first track him down through four creep packed castles.

    Castlevania Bloodlines (1994) GEN
    Unlike the medieval setting of the other titles, this installment takes place during World War I. It introduces new elements to the series, such as the ability to choose one of two characters when starting the game.
    Huge bosses with dynamic, multi-jointed limbs that move erratically are just one of the many examples of the cutting-edge effects the game had for the time.

    Kid Dracula (1990/Japan exclusive) NES
    With its laugh-inducing content and world full of gags, this spinoff is unlike anything else in the series. Players take control of Dracula's son (or so he says...), Kid Dracula, as he goes on a hilarious adventure filled with laughs that also satisfies as a full-fledged action game.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 16, 2019
    93
    With 8 classic games from an iconic series, Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a must-play compilation for any gamer whether you're a retro junkie or you simply want to explore the roots of gaming. If you'll excuse me, I have to slay Dracula for the umpteenth time.
  2. May 20, 2019
    80
    The eight retro games in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection focus on the early traditional platforming era from 1987 to 1994, and quality is assured in the four main numerical entries in the series. The way these games are balanced alongside the previously untranslated NES Kid Dracula, and the superb but overlooked Castlevania: Bloodlines on the Mega Drive provides value, despite limited extras beyond a bonus book and a replay recording function. There's also novelty from playing two Game Boy games on a modern PS4, but their inclusion highlights omissions of remakes like M2's Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth.
  3. May 24, 2019
    80
    When it comes to compilations like this, there’s three criteria to meet. One, the games have to stand the test of time. Two, they have to be emulated well. And three, substantial historical features and content must be added. In all three categories, the team at M2 knocked it out of the park. While there are a couple of clunkers here, that doesn’t diminish the fact that there are four outright classics available in this package. Anyone interested in spectacular 2D action titles or in learning about Castlevania‘s history would do well to bite on this collection.
  4. May 17, 2019
    72
    Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a rock solid collection of (some) great old school games. Anyway, the lack of real extra features, apart from the ebook, the absence of a masterpiece as Rondo of Blood and some odd choices by Konami make the collection feel a little bit pedantic.
  5. May 22, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. May 22, 2019
    70
    Another Anniversary Collection which, like the Arcade one released a short time ago, leaves a bitter taste for the choices made by Konami in both quantitative and qualitative terms.
  7. May 18, 2019
    60
    The Castlevania Anniversary Collection has great historical value, and it would be a mortal sin to ignore it. Unfortunately Konami pursues the philosophy of "maximum results with minimum effort", setting up a collection that is so rich but also not very refined.

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Score distribution:
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  1. May 24, 2019
    8
    A collection of eight absolute classics! Not any of them is a masterpiece. 'The Adventure' is actually a pretty bad game but still kind ofA collection of eight absolute classics! Not any of them is a masterpiece. 'The Adventure' is actually a pretty bad game but still kind of interesting to play these days since you can see how they tried (and failed) to master the Game Boy Hardware.
    In the second Game Boy Game of the collection you can see how they succeeded.
    Most games are simply fun to play even at todays standards.

    The emulation is nearly perfect. Everything feels, looks and sounds like back in the days.

    When it comes to extras there could have been more.
    You got some Screen-Filters, an anywhere-save-option and a nice bonus book - That's it.

    Overall a must buy for Castlevania Fans of the 'Pre-SOTN era'.
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  2. May 21, 2019
    5
    Sorry but this is not the game we expected. I bought this edition because I played the original one a long time ago, but I was a bitSorry but this is not the game we expected. I bought this edition because I played the original one a long time ago, but I was a bit disappointed. Unfortunately, Konami has not put all his effort into bringing forward a splendid edition, and has been limited to playing with nostalgia to sell us this game. Expand