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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

by Konami
Nintendo NES
Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00004SVUI
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.9 inches ; 0.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,936 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Castlevania II - What a Horrible Way to Design a Game September 10, 2012
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
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" showing Simon Belmont holding the decapitated head of Dracula. Sadly, this whole (rather tame controversy by today's standards) affair is the best part about this game. That, and it launched James Roolf, the foul mouthed Angry Video Game Nerd, into public consciousness (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view).

When I first discovered AVGN's videos, I was surprised that he had gave this title such a negative review, given it came from such a highly esteemed franchise and was generally considered an NES classic. I felt surly this was a better game than he gave it credit for. And then I played the game, and in the words of Obi Wan talking about training Darth Vader, I was wrong. This game is bad. Not super bad, not horribly bad, just bad. That, and bland. That would be the key word I would use to describe this title. Bland. And also repetitive.

Here are some basic facts you need to know about this game. First, the game is so arcane in its design that you will NEED a walkthrough to even come close to beating this game. How Konami expects you to figure out what to do to proceed in the game is beyond me (and pretty much everyone else too that has played this game, too). Second, 99% of all the text dialogue from the NPCs is absolute nonsense, and featuers some classic engrish. Koji Igarashi, a producer for the Castlevania series, revealed that the NPCs are deliberate liars. Third, all the mansions and towns look pretty much the same, so good luck distinguishing where you are. Fourth, there are only three bosses.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ehh........good enough. June 18, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Castlevania 2 is a good game if you like grinding hearts(a.k.a. money) out of zombie/enemies,running to a town to buy an item that you need to beat a part of a level and repeating this process over and over and yata yata yata.

If your a fan of the crap kicking hardness of castlevania 1, this game is right in the middle of VERY HARD and TODDLER EASY.They dumbed down the diffuculty from #1 substaintialy. Mainly because on #1 things fly at you from nowhere(a.k.a mudsa heads)and on #2 things are in plain sight.Yes,things take more hits if you dont have the best whip,and even the mudsa heads just sort of got a little less annoying.This game is still good tho.

The most annoying aspects are three very big situations.
1.DAY/NIGHT TRANSITIONS it takes like 10 seconds for a prompt that says "What a horrible night to have a curse." to fade in to the darkness of night.The same crap happens when morning comes.BUT!!!!! this was meant to happen because it raises the enemies attack power. It was meant so that the player would feel helpless some how.Afraid of something they cant explain.

2.WAY TO OPEN ENDED this game has a bazillion differrent dead ends. and the towns folk say stuff that you need a freaking 1890 dictionary to grasp the concept.

3.CHEAP ENEMY LOCATION just like #1 enemies stand on platforms that u need to get on but is thier size.UGHHHHHHH!!

This is still tho one of my favorit games.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse! March 5, 2006
By Joy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My childhood revisited.
The game worked great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lol
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5.0 out of 5 stars everyone hates on this game, i love it
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Published 12 months ago by Cynthia K. Cooper
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If you were to buy Castlevania 2 on Amazon I would recommend looking up a complete walk-through of the game because there will be some times that you get stuck on something. Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Gavin Ollis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everything I hoped for
This is not the pick-up-and-play whip-thrashing game I hoped for. The fact that each enemy needs to be hit 2-8 times makes it really hard when enemies are coming from both... Read more
Published on February 11, 2008 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the three castlevania nes games
I loved Simon's Quest for the same reason I loved playing Symphony of the Night and Curse of Darkness.... It's a more involved game and story! Read more
Published on April 12, 2006 by 4MaskCurse
5.0 out of 5 stars good game
one of the early castlevania games.if you like castlevania games you should play it.
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