Damn, that's a bit of a let down really.
I'm not sure about the swirly trees (or Simon's pink outfit), but I think overall the game is nicer looking than the NES version so far.
Castlevania. The gameplay is the same but the level design has changed. This is a different game after all!
I tried to get into that blue chest, but it seems unsmashable. Oh well, it's probably not important.
Inside I found a silver key. It did not open the chest.
Wait... I needed a secret key to open the door to the next level? That's not exactly great game design.
I've got a brown key, but nothing to use it on. Though I'm betting it'll open that chest over there if I can just find out how to get there.
Fine, I'll just find another key. I bet they're lying around everywhere.
Plus I'm getting sick of being continually harassed by these damn bats. It's kinda frustrating to try to navigate stairs when infinite bats keep flying across the level.
It would be really nice to have a map right now. Or maybe I've had a map the whole time and I just don't know how to bring it up.
SOME WANDERING AROUND IN CIRCLES LATER.
Okay, this is ridiculous. This game is making me miss Medusa heads and boss fights. I eventually looked up how to use the map (apparently the document in the ribbon was a map, and I activate it by pressing F2).
I think the trouble here is that the key I need is probably hidden in a wall. So unless I go hitting every wall with my whip I'll never find it.
Next game then.
1986 - Castlevania (NES)
1986 - Vampire Killer (MSX2)
1987 - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
1988 - Haunted Castle (Arcade)
1989 - Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy)
1990 - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
1991 - Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy)
1991 - Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
1993 - Akumajō Dracula / Castlevania Chronicles (X68000)
1993 - Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo / Rondo of Blood (TurboGrafx-CD)
1994 - Castlevania: The New Generation / Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis/Mega Drive)
1995 - Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss / Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES)
1997 - Castlevania Legends (Game Boy)