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Castlevania Portrait of Ruin: Progenitors

Hack of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


Castlevania Portrait of Ruin: Progenitors is a very traditional Castlevania romhack. It simply replaces alternate modes with different characters and enables all modes unlocked from the start:

  • Donoffrio’s custom John Morris replaces Richter Belmont
  • Vedora-Kingdom/Vydartz’s Young Eric Lecarde replaces Maria Renard
  • Getsu Fuma replaces Old Axe Armor

Update v2.0.0 out now! Please be sure to check the readme for more details and a list of changes.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: DS (all) (v. 20210227-111036)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 382602E3615B2282EEAD584014125E71B5B0F033
  • File/ROM CRC32: 96DF4C4D




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Masked DededeDesignCo developer
LagoLunaticOriginal HackingDsvedit, armips patches.
Dev AnjHackingCustom armips patches
Fat T-800 Albert "Edvard"GraphicsSimon stuff and help locating certain voices

User Review Information

Reminds me of Revenge of the Findesiecle

Reviewed By: Thirteen 1355 on 27 Sep 2021

Though this hack is way less ambitious, it reminds me of the Harmony of Dissonance hack “Revenge of the Fin de Siecle,” where you can play as Julius in Harmony of Dissonance. John Morris in Portrait of Ruin, just like Julius in Harmony, just feels right. Also, just like in Harmony, I way prefer the ‘alternate character mode’ over the main game. “John Morris mode” is how to play Portrait of Ruin.

UPDATE: There’s two things I notice, though. One is that some enemies get petrified by Morris’ regular attack. This strikes me as a bit odd, since that allows you to cheese pretty strong enemies early on. Another thing is that I reached the final boss at level 37, which is quite low. While other bosses have been beatable pretty easily, the final boss is real tough. Not sure if this was thought out. I’ve never beaten the original Portrait before, so I honestly don’t know how different this is.

UPDATE 2: Morris’ “glass cannon” nature allows you to reach the final bosses quite quickly. The final bosses are hard to tackle at level 30. Only with Simon’s Cross could I get to the second form of the fight. I believe the issue here is that Morris’ range and his whip’s Stone attribute allows him to tear through some of the harder enemies easier, which makes the trek to the final boss go by way faster than in a normal Richter run. The creator of this hack intends to update his work, though, so this should be addressed in the next version.

Version 1.0.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Reminds me of Revenge of the FindesiecleThirteen 135527 Sep 20211.0.0Yes
Finally the true 20th Anniversary Edition we needed!VK221226 Aug 20211.0.0Yes
What I've been waiting forSuxMenner27 Aug 20211.0.0Yes