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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

by Konami
Nintendo NES
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Largest Castlevania yet!
  • 1 player game
  • new rpg elements added.

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  • ASIN: B000A4T1U6
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,036 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The exciting sequel to the original smash hit "Castlevania" for the NES.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse" January 22, 2006
By Joy
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is my favorite Castlevania game of all time and always will be.

You are Simon Belmont with the classic whip, trying to defeat the one who wants to keep the world shrouded in darkness, Count Dracula. As Simon, you go to different towns talking to different townspeople, going to Churches to replenish life, many different mansions to gather the different parts of Dracula. You get many different kinds of whips, including my favorite, the Flame Whip. You also get the classic subweapons like holy water, knife, and cross.

The mansions that you go through have one of the best pieces of music ever in a Castlevania game. As well as the title screen where you input the password and the music Bloody Tears. This game also lets you level up but it's still the adventure game. It's more action and adventure than anything.

The classic Ferry Man is reason enough to own this game. The classic line "I'll take you to a good place, heh heh heh" was one of the coolest things in the game. Along with the lines "What a horrible night to have a curse" at night and "The morning light has vanquished the horrible night" at daylight. I'll never understand why so many people hate this game. I keep hearing "it's not like the original." Oh please! I must be the only person who doesn't compare games and just plays games as their own. Whoever cannot appreciate this masterpiece is just very closed minded.

Oh yeah, there are 3 different endings for this and this game is so much better than 99% of the games out there today. Graphics don't mean a thing, it's the amazing platforming and adventure elements that make this game a must own for Castlevania fans!

If you have never played Simon's Quest, play it! And if you've played it before, play it again! It's one of a kind!!

"What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse!" Ha Ha Ha!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre sequel to something awesome May 17, 2012
Format:Video Game
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
You know, I was talking with my former science teacher (Who grew up in the NES era) about Super Castlevania 4 today, and how much fun the game was. Apparently, he told me he doesn't remember playing that one. He said he gave up on the series due to this sore thumb. According to him, he paid a big $40 for the game (I guess that's the standard price of NES games then), and the result was a boring/confusing sequel that didn't live up to the original.

Of course, I wouldn't be writing this review if I hadn't played it myself, but I still gotta agree with him. Castlevania 2 isn't about linear action platforming fun. Instead, it's about whipping monsters for hearts to purchase items and conquering lying civilians to progress forward. On top of that, the level design is bland, bland, bland. There isn't too much of a variety of anything (mainly enemies) when going anywhere.

Since there are certain areas to go, you may as well listen to what the non-playable characters have to say, right? No. They actually happen to lie at times. Unbelievable, right? How can you play a game that you definitely need tips on what to do if you get the wrong tips? As much as I would want to go get Nintendo Power issue #2 for help, it costs a hefty $40+ on Amazon (go figure..). Maybe there's a scan floating around on the Internet, but it is still inexcusable for Konami to release Castlevania 2 as is. And don't get me started on when the in-game day turns night...

That's not to say there was no fun factor or appeal at all. The graphics are still fantastic, and the music is awesome. The classic Castlevania whipping action, although bombarded by everything above, is still there, and still fun to do. Had there been even more work done on this game, this would've been an absolute masterpiece.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the series May 7, 2008
By James
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Castlevania II was the first in the series to take the free roaming approach to the game, and does it quite well. Symphony of the Night for the Playstation owes a great debt of inspiration from this game. There are a great many secrets to this game, some of which must be known about to even survive. Other situations can be worked around without knowing the secrets by clever use of the inventory system, a new addition to the series. The boss battles are quite fun, resembling Mega Man and of course the original Castlevania. Also added is a time mechanic, where all the shops close down, the townspeople all stay inside their homes, and all the monsters enter the city much stronger than usual whenever nighttime begins! "What a horrible night to have a curse"

The sounds and music score are on par with most of the rest of the Castlevania series; in short, fantastic. If you are new to the series or were never impressed by other installments of the game, give this one a shot. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Castlevania NES January 9, 2014
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One of my favorites reliving my childhood with my son, making memories. I will be ordering others for our collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great game, but an OK sequel for Castlevania... December 1, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've had a huge amount of respect for the Castlevania series. Albeit the games have been extremely difficult I thought it was truly liberating whenever you made it really far into the game, killing tons of super-hard enemies and dying like, three trillion times. It was SO fulfilling.

Then, came Castlevania 2.

Many reviews have been made about this game by many notable people. Just go on Youtube: The Angry Video Game Nerd (reviewed it TWICE), Egoraptor... it's insane. Yeah, OK, the game is fun. But it has several pretty big flaws that have plagued the game and frustrated gamers and fans of the series for years.

Castlevania 2 feels like a Castlevania game, for one. The controls and weapons all work the same, you get infinite Water and you even get to use Dracula's body parts as items! His rib acts as a shield, his nail lets you break certain blocks with your whip, and his heart makes it possible to go to another area by showing it to the ferryman at the Dead River... or whatever it's called. It's fun to wail on enemies and there are plenty OF them. The game is also much, MUCH easier than the first and third Castlevania games. This is a double-edged sword. It means you can plow through enemies MUCH faster, but they don't truly serve a legitimate challenge... until NIGHT FALLS.
The game was one of the first I remember to have day and night in it. During the day, enemies were lame and gave you small hearts, whatever. And then "WHAT A HORRIBLE NIGHT TO HAVE A CURSE." appears on the screen and then the enemies' attack power doubles, you only do half damage, and they give you much bigger heart rewards upon being killed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gameplay, Great Change of Pace
When I picked up Castlevania II, I thought I would get the same kind of framework as the first, but nope. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Castlevania Game!!!
I got this game a day Earlier then expected which is pretty Cool!, I use to have this game as a kid and that's one of the reasons I bought it to relive some memories & the Game... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ZavalaX3
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but fun
Enough people disliked this game that is now has a reputation of being awful. Truthfully told, it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Read more
Published 10 months ago by utahpunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School
Great game. It's hard to argue with anything that brings you back in time to your childhood when times were good and life was simple. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sweet B
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this game. Lost it in the 90's and have reclaimed it. It's a bit easier now then when I was a kid, but whatever. Still fun.
Published 11 months ago by Christopher Prewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsomes game
This is a great Castlevania game and it came in in great condition. Works great and very please. If only all used games can come in this way.
Published 22 months ago by Phot
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great
I recieved the game quickly.
It was very clean on the outside, and it worked right away.
Usually I have to clean other NES cartridges, but this one had no trouble... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nathan Raciti
3.0 out of 5 stars a good quest
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest isn't nearly as good as the original Castlevania. It's much different from a gameplay perspective. Read more
Published on November 29, 2012 by B. E Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Castlevania II - What a Horrible Way to Design a Game
Ah, the wonders of "Castlevania II". One of the games I missed back in the 1980s, I was one of those kids whose mother threw away the infamous second issue of "Nintendo Power"... Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Mike London
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