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Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest

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Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest is a game that is known for being on the Nintendo Entertainment System or the NES for short. It is the direct sequel to Castlevania, which was already reviewed. It is the one that would be known as perhaps a template for later games in the series starting with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

The plot in this game has to do with following the events of Castlevania. After Dracula was defeated, he placed a curse on Simon and in order to rid himself of the curse, he must find the five parts of Dracula bring them to the castle and fight him destroying him in the process. They are scattered in five different mansions and can be obtained by breaking an orb. It is a simple plot to understand and to summarize; it has to do with removing the curse from Simon Belmont.

Graphically, it is not that bad at all considering that it is coming from the NES. It is solid and there isn’t much to really complain about. It would be called more of a standard NES game in terms of what to expect in terms of graphics.

As mentioned before, the gameplay is more like a predecessor to Symphony of the Night. There are RPG elements and it involves buying items, experience points, and various other items that are utilized. The difference in this game is that the boss battles aside from Dracula are completely optional and do not have to be done at all. In fact, just walk past it if you desire to do so. There is the option to fight. There are also townspeople that do talk but give out riddles not really helping in terms of what to do.

It should be mentioned that there are three possible endings for this game. It is based upon time and also how many times you have died. The slower the progress, the worst the ending can get. The absolute worst one has to do with being too slow and having trouble with staying alive. It is not an easy game by any means. The ending will have it in black and white with both Simon and Dracula apparently dead. With the normal ending, it does show that Simon kneels over the grave but eventually would die and there would be no resurrection of Dracula. The best ending has it but at the end shows that his hand comes out of the grave implying he is immortal and cannot be killed easily.

Overall, it’s not really a bad game at all. It’s actually enjoyable and would be worth playing but can see how it can be frustrating. To find this game, it is likely to be on the Virtual Console today or if you have a working NES, there is the option to buy the game. There can be flea markets and also of course eBay. It would be a recommendation for the Castlevania fans and also even for NES collectors as well. It is not a game that would have too much in the way of disappointment.