• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2001
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  • Summary: Count Dracula has been resurrected to begin a new reign of terror across the land. As Simon Belmont, descendant of legendary vampire hunters, you enter Dracula's estate to face the Count and his minions - alone. Be prepared for one of the first adventures in the Castlevania series ever!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It's only too bad that a few extras couldn't be included. I would have loved to have a couple of the NES sequels on the disc. Also, all the technical aspects (graphics, sound) are dated (as they should be).
  2. This one is just a trip down memory lane that will bring a tear to the eye of old-school gamers, and tears of frustration to the eyes of newbies who don’t understand that this was gaming way back when.
  3. 78
    It is a concept and a series so classic, and so almost universally superb in all of its available incarnations, that it holds an almost unique place in the sort of collective gamer consciousness.
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    You'll be surprised how the 2D backgrounds still hold up despite being 10 years old. [Nov 2001, p.166]
  5. If your first encounter with Castlevania was "Symphony of the Night" or even some of the SNES games, you'll be disappointed by the dated graphics, static gameplay, and lack of replay value.
  6. It's certainly a graphical step down from the usual PSX fare - for that matter it's a graphical step down from the NES.
  7. Gameplay is pretty shallow stuff, but it's also somehow more intense, and much more challenging, than recent games in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. PiddyP.
    Dec 9, 2001
    8
    It all depends how old you are, and when you got into gaming. If you've been playing Castlevania since the NES days, you have to do It all depends how old you are, and when you got into gaming. If you've been playing Castlevania since the NES days, you have to do yourself the favor and pick up this game. "Super Castlevania," "Dracula X" and "Symphony of the Night" are way better games, (the gameplay and controls are much simpler than the other games) but this one should still be in you collection. Like all the other reviews said; if you don't understand what the Castlevania phenomenon is all about, definately don't bother. Kudos to Konami for bringing this one to the States, some of us reday love classics remakes/reisuues. Expand
  2. XV_
    May 5, 2018
    8
    The game itself has 2 modes: original mode and arranged mode, the arranged mode has different more "modern" music and is easier, mostlyThe game itself has 2 modes: original mode and arranged mode, the arranged mode has different more "modern" music and is easier, mostly because the character moves faster. I played in original mode and while the 1st stages where kind of easy, soon the difficulty starts to get really punishing, this can be good or bad depending on the person. You can Save your file from the start of each stage which made things easier. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    8
    Castlevania Chronicles is a reimagining of the original Castlevania on NES, originally released for the Sharp X68000 gaming computer in Japan.Castlevania Chronicles is a reimagining of the original Castlevania on NES, originally released for the Sharp X68000 gaming computer in Japan. The game would later receive a port for the PlayStation, with the original game (Original Mode) and an updated version (Arrange Mode). Original Mode is very difficult and plays like a second quest, where enemies do much more damage and the jumping controls feel stiff. Arrange Mode is more beginner friendly with easier difficulty and smoother controls. While the game doesn't bring anything new to the table as far as the Castlevania series goes, it's a solid entry in the series and worth playing for any fan. Expand

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#29 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2001
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#11 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2001