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Castlevania: The Holy Relics

Hack of Castlevania

Description:

An all new Castlevania adventure is here on the NES! New stages, graphics, items, enemies, music and gameplay for Castlevania fans to enjoy.

Select from 5 exciting stages before reaching the final showdown with Lord Ghulash, an evil necromancer terrorizing Transylvania in the wake of Dracula’s defeat. It is up to Simon Belmont to rescue his homeland once again, this time from the perversion of the 7 Holy Relics. Collect all the relics to lift the curse, and use them to your advantage along the way.

For further details, (Story, Gameplay, etc) please consult the read me file.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania (U) (PRG 1).nes
  • CRC-32:9AB191BC
  • SHA-1:0D6E5910D09CBA12FB8B61123E6F3087A90F503C
  • SHA-256:0BF466EB3819EEE34E41DE076B5C1BF16375D0DE5BA64EDE8ADE6ED599ACCB53
  • MD-5:6768E0F020AECD2809D70BBF8CCE3BE3

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
OptomonHackingProgramming, music, some graphics.
SetzGraphicsBackground and sprite graphics
Bit-BladeGraphicsBackground and sprite graphics
Dr. MarioGraphicsSprite graphics
Boneless IvarGraphicsSprite graphics

User Review Information

Interesting Take on the Original Casltevania

Reviewed By: bruplex on 09 Feb 2018

I appreciate the time Optomon put into this hack. Overall, it’s a fun but short-lived experience.

Pros: There is at least one original tune (Denis Woods) and classic Castlevania music throughout. Enemy graphics are nicely done and well implemented, and that includes all-new boss characters. Most of the stages look great, especially the final stage.

Cons: The first stage most players will try, Denis Woods, is rough on the eyes courtesy of some jarring background colors (thankfully, this is the only stage with this issue). The crown item is overpowered, making most bosses a piece of cake. The game itself is very short and the novelty of backtracking through stages to reach the access doors can get old.

Overall, this is a fun but very short game and a nice take on the original Castlevania. It’s quite a bit easier than the original but more difficult than CV II. The ending is particularly well-done. It would have been nice to have a map / transitional stage graphics, but I’m sure that would have been some work. Worth a look for CV fans who want a quick, almost-arcade style experience.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A Brand New ExperienceMother Kojiro22 Mar 20191.0Yes
doesn't work with Improved Controlspleasejust16 Dec 20181.0No
Not Just a Castlevania HackEldrethor03 Dec 20181.0Yes
Outstanding combined with Improved ControlsNesDraug27 Nov 20181.0Yes
Superlative!onepiecefan200714 Mar 20181.0Yes
Interesting Take on the Original Casltevaniabruplex09 Feb 20181.0Yes
What a good night to have a curse.PROTOBlues31 Dec 20171.0Yes
This is really excellentJohnH12 Dec 20171.0Yes
A HEART 3TheShepherd09 Dec 20171.0Yes
Nice Replay ValueSinis09 Dec 20171.0Yes
The best Castlevania hack I have played so farbogaabogaa08 Dec 20170.99Yes
Another MasterpieceSephirous06 Dec 20170.99Yes