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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Collection with One Significant Flaw!, March 6, 2006
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This review is from: Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra - PC (CD-ROM)
These are among the best games ever created. Konomi struck silicon gold with the Castlevania and Contra games. Back in the day, when gamers weren't playing these games they were often thinking about them.

The Castlevania trilogy remains to this day some of the finest gaming I have ever had played.

"Castlevania" 1986 is an action/adventure where our whip-in-hand hero Simon Belomont must destroy monstrous legions of villians that borrowed from myth and fiction until he reaches his final destination with the one and only Dracula.

"Castlevania II: Simon's Quest" 1988 is a departue from the first game. This sequel added problem solving and a password feature to save your progress on this somewhat lenghty game. Unfortunatly, the challenge factor was greatly reduced with infinite continues that made you reappear on the exact same screen in which you were defeated on.

"Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" 1990 brings the series back to the roots of the first game. The emphasis is back on action. New charcters have been added to what is perhaps the BEST Castlevania game ever invented! In a time when the 16-bit systems were claiming themseleves the new kings of gaming its nice to know that with games like this and Super Mario Bros. 3 that the 8-bit NES still had it.

The two Contra games were among the finest two player cooperative games of the time and have still held up well even today.

"Contra" 1987 is a basically you and (if you want) your friend against and almost endless array of ruthless aliens. The action is fast and intense and the stakes are high. Either rid Terra from these galactic ghouls or pass the controler to someone else who can do it.

"Super C" 1991 is more of zapping those pesky little aliens from the first game again. Like Castlevania III it shows off some pretty impressive graphic improvements from the first game.

The only flaw in this collection is that the 30 lives code that should work for both Contra and Super C only works for the former. It's a shame because Super C is actually a better game in my opinion.

Overall, these are great games with a save feature that allows saving at any point in the game. If you miss these games or badly need an old school education this is a very affordable and playable collection to own on your pc.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2007 5:26:02 PM PDT
Talduras says:
I recall that Super C has a different code. Granted, it only does 10 lives. Right, Left, Down, Up, A, B. Super C didn't really need the 30 lives code, as it was somewhat easier in a few regards. Either that or I played it enough to get good at it.

Posted on Aug 18, 2007 10:46:53 PM PDT
Smaug says:
Actually, in Castlevania, the hero was Trevor Belmont, not Simon. Simon came later. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2009 9:07:40 AM PDT
Nope, Trevor is in Castlevania 3, Simon is in 1 and 2. Why do people insist on correcting others when they have no clue what they are talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2009 4:45:13 PM PDT
a reader says:
OK Thanks!

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 10:17:44 AM PST
ThAdEa says:
blaspheme...super c <<< contra
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