Castlevania and Vampire Killer, and is the first arcade game in the Castlevania series.
There's actually at least five games just called Akumajō Dracula, annoyingly. They could have at least given them different subtitles or something.
But his marital bliss will be short lived. While Simon and his new wife continue their long trek home from the church, Dracula himself watches from a distance, unseen.
To be fair though he is pretty well hidden.
I would have thought it'd be more sensible to just kill Simon now while he's unarmed and defenceless, but I'm not a vampire, I don't know how this shit works.
Anyway, Simon gears up and races off to rescue his beloved Mrs Belmont. And he'll probably try to grab some revenge too while he's out.
Mighty Simon Belmont, slayer of vampires, humbled by a pair of bats zero seconds into the game.
Castlevania game so far, with the whip, hearts for ammo, stairs I can't jump from, no real control of my jumps when I'm in the air etc. Plus the bats of course.
I think besides from the graphics, the main difference from the games I've played so far, is that I barely made it off the first screen before dying.
Back to the start of the level then.
These zombies are a bit of a pain in the ass because they just keep crawling out of the ground. I sat at their spawn point killing them, but they just keep appearing.
40 SECONDS LATER.
I should give up right now because there's not a chance I'm going to get anywhere in this game, but I'm too curious what's on the other side of that wall. I want to see if I can at least finish stage 1.
MUCH MUCH LATER.
Well fuck it, I'm done. I lack the skill to get any further in it, and the interest to get any better at it. Suddenly Castlevania on the NES seems a lot more reasonable in retrospect.
Oh alright, fine...
ONE MORE TIME FROM THE START.
Well I lasted about 5 seconds against her in total, including the 3 seconds I'd been fighting before I took that screenshot. And I didn't even get a cool game over picture for my trouble. You know, I think given the choice I'd actually rather go back to Simon's Quest than play this one more time.
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)