Castlevania: The Adventure
|Castlevania: The Adventure|
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|Release date(s)||Game Boy
Castlevania: The Adventure, originally released as The Legend of Dracula (ドラキュラ伝説 Dorakyura Densetsu?) in Japan, is a platform game released for the Game Boy in 1989. It is the first Castlevania title for the system. Castlevania: The Adventure was re-released as part of the Konami GB Collection compilations in Japan and Europe. A remake titled Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth was released as a WiiWare game for the Wii.
The game consists of four stages, and unlike other Castlevania games, there are no sub-weapons, but hearts are used to restore health. The player has three lives, after which the game ends. Weapons can be upgraded, such as the whip into the chain whip and flame whip, but any enemy damage will downgrade an upgraded weapon. There are no stairs, unlike other Castlevania games. At the end of each level, there is a "primary evil" to confront. Players can utilize crystals, hearts, and crosses of gold. There is also a point counter, and at 10,000 points, a player receives an extra life, and also receives one for every 20,000 points after that. Each stage also has a time limit in which to complete the level.
Reception and legacy
Castlevania: The Adventure generated both favorable and negative reviews. The game was regarded difficult at times, with long levels and only three lives before playing the second cycle. The graphics were thought to be "competent", the music well-composed with memorable tunes. IGN said it had a basic design, none of the series' staple bosses, and nothing original. Game Informer's Tim Turi felt that it was held back by its technical limitations but praised its sound quality.
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