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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

by Konami
Platform : Nintendo NES
Rated: Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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

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  • ASIN: B000A4T1U6
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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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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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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By Miss Frost on October 27, 2015
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What an awesome game. Picking this up really brought back a lot of memories from my childhood! I love the Castlevania series and this one is no exception! Fun, fast, challenging game play and a great soundtrack boost the fun.
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To those of you that have played the Castlevania series, you have probably noticed that Simon's Quest isn't your typical action platform, beat-up-the-baddies style. Although both elements do play a crucial role in this game, most of your time will actually be spent talking with townspeople, collecting items and gathering clues -- a la Zelda 2: The Adventure Of Link. Please be warned, though, that some of the townspeople will NOT be helpful or truthful when you talk to them. Therefore, it will be up to YOU to explore each area using trial and error.

Your main focus is to gather all five of Dracula's body parts -- the Rib, the Heart, the Eyeball, the Nail, and the Ring. Each organ helps Simon Belmont on his quest: for example, the Rib shields him from an enemy's attack, whereas the Heart will be needed to show to the ferryman at the Dead River in order to access one of the Mansions. The Eyeball will uncover secret items that Simon otherwise can't find, and the Nail will be useful to break down blocks.

As for the special items to help Simon out, he can upgrade his Whip to the Thorn Whip, Chain Whip, Morning Star, and Flame Whip. The first 3 Whips you will need to purchase; the Flame Whip can be upgraded when you hunt someone down much later in the game. Next, there are 3 different types of knives: the Dagger, the Silver Knife, and the Golden Knife. There's also the Holy Water, Diamond, and the Sacred Flame.

Simon can also purchase Laurels (they protect you from the poison marsh) and Garlic (you will need it to find a hidden person in the game so that you can acquire a Silk Bag, which takes half damage from enemies). Lastly, there are 3 types of Crystals that you need to acquire in the game: the White Crystal, Blue Crystal, and Red Crystal.
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