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Castlevania: Chorus of Mysteries

Hack of Castlevania

Description:

This is a hack of the original Castlevania for NES that optomon and I have been working on for over a year. Optomon has done all the coding, music, and some level design, and I’ve done all the graphics, some level design, and the map. So what’s changed?

  • New GFX
  • New levels
  • New level paths
  • New map
  • New sub-weapon
  • New music
  • Music on the title screen
  • New enemies
  • New bosses

–STORY–

1476, Romania. A terrifying castle rises up from the mist. Along with the castle rose a dark powerful being named Count Dracula Vlad Tepes. A man named Trevor Belmont was fated to defeat the powerful vampire, aided by a witch named Sypha, Dracula’s own son Alucard, and a pirate named Grant DeNasty. Together the team traversed the dark halls of Castlevania, defeating the count and his countless minions.

In 1777 a young child was born, and abandoned on a merchant ship with nothing but a headband with a mysterious crest, and the name Armund. The sailors raised the child on the high seas, and taught him the ways of being a sailor. Armund grew to be one of the greatest men that the merchant ship ever saw.

Late 1797, word started to spread of the legends of Count Dracula, and his tyranny in the land of Romania. It was about that time, that Armund ran into an old Romanian man in Serbia. The old man knew a lot about the history of Count Dracula, and his reign of terror in Romania. The old man recognized the crest on Armund’s bandanna, and told him that it belonged to the DeNasty clan, and that his ancestor helped defeat Dracula. Armund decided to leave his life on the high seas to seek out more answers about his ancestry.

Romania, 1800. It’s been 3 years since Alucard defeated his father in battle and has gone into eternal slumber. Armund’s search has taken him to the mountains of Romania, not far from the town of Jova. A mysterious letter hinted that he might be able to find answers in the castle of Count Olrox, a servant of Count Dracula’s. Armund set out of Olrox’s castle, armed only with an enchanted barbed rope from Serbia. This will truly be the greatest and most arduous adventure of Armund DeNasty’s life.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania (U) (PRG1) [!].nes (GoodNES 3.23b)
  • PRE-PATCH CRC32: 856114C8
  • AFTER PATCH CRC: BAD05634

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
OptomonHackingGraphics, programming
Dr. MarioHackingGraphics

User Review Information

Trying to do Way too Much

Reviewed By: TheLuigiLightning on 02 Sep 2015

This is another of the only mediocre at best Castlevania 1 hacks out there, but this one is like that for a very different reason; this one doesn’t really have bad level design, like literally every other CV1 hack out there, but rather, it suffers from a major factor of over-ambition.

The hack advertises so many changes, and I was expecting something really big, but what I find is a piece of ambitious work with not enough time and effort put into it; the music is extremely bland and underwhelming, the graphics are very bland looking, and I feel like everything just seems very dull and depressing. I’ll admit, the chess board was pretty neat, but again, it felt very bland to look at, and listen to. (Actually, you know what? The music is fine! You know what it really is? There’s no drumming!! I still think it’s a little underwhelming. Castlevania’s soundtrack was upbeat). Not to mention the fact that everything is such dark colours, and it really is just depressing to look at. I guess you might say it makes it look more creepy, but it just doesn’t look alive to me.

I didn’t play past stage 3, so I can’t make a full judgement of the hack, but overall, bottom line, I just feel like the hacker bit off way more than he can chew on this. When you advertise such huge changes, you put very high expectations in the people downloading your hack. For those who aspire to attempt a full scale hack like this, do not attempt unless you’re willing to put in the full time and effort.

Version 1.1 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Total OverhaulMother Kojiro10 Nov 20171.1Yes
this is not a hack ...onepiecefan200701 Oct 20171.1Yes
Could be a great sequel to Castlevania back in the daybogaabogaa05 Aug 20171.1Yes
A Well Made Hack Plagued By One FlawMegafield6419 May 20151.1Yes
Trying to do Way too MuchTheLuigiLightning02 Sep 20151.1No
ChallengingKlaviaturist07 Feb 2011N/AYes
Epic HackMathUser292907 May 2008N/AYes