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Castlevania: The Holy Relics

Hack of Castlevania


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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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
OptomonHackingProgramming, music, some graphics.
SetzGraphicsBackground and sprite graphics
Tessa MontoyaGraphicsBackground and sprite graphics
Dr. MarioGraphicsSprite graphics
Boneless IvarGraphicsSprite graphics

User Review Information

The Best of the Best

Reviewed By: chuckingdice on 18 Aug 2019

This isn’t just a hack of the original Castlevania. It’s a whole new game entirely! Instead of adopting the same mechanics of the original game with a new coat of paint, The Holy Relics adopts some improvements that makes it transcend the original game.

Instead of simply advancing from one part of the a stage to another, the player is required to find a key to advance forward. In many ways this reminds me of the MSX Vampire Killer version except in this case it’s not as convoluted.

The best part of the game is taking all the treasures from the first Castlevania game, and actually making them enhancements instead of simple point awards. It gives off a Megaman vibe in the world of Castlevania.

The game is challenging enough to test the best Castlevania players, but this is really made for casual gamers which makes sense because games should be for everyone. I’m so glad this isn’t an ultra hard versions of the first game. It treats itself like a viable sequel that could have come out back in the day.

I have fond nostalgic memories of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, but I would have much preferred this as the sequel to the original game. Definitely check this game out if you’re a fan of the original series.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Short, but sweetSupergamerguy09 Jul 20221.0Yes
A must-play for any classic Castlevania fanSosuko28 Oct 20211.0Yes
Wow! Complete reworking of the gamediablo66616 Sep 20211.0Yes
The Best of the Bestchuckingdice18 Aug 20191.0Yes
The King of Castlevania Hacksbrgr26425 May 20191.0Yes
A Brand New ExperienceMother Kojiro21 Mar 20191.0Yes
impressivepleasejust08 May 20201.0Yes
Not Just a Castlevania HackEldrethor30 Nov 20181.0Yes
Outstanding combined with Improved ControlsNesDraug25 Nov 20181.0Yes
Superlative!onepiecefan200714 Mar 20181.0Yes
Interesting Take on the Original Casltevaniabruplex08 Feb 20181.0Yes
What a good night to have a curse.PROTOBlues30 Dec 20171.0Yes
This is really excellentJohnH12 Dec 20171.0Yes
A HEART 3TheShepherd09 Dec 20171.0Yes
Nice Replay ValueMorinis09 Dec 20171.0Yes
The best Castlevania hack I have played so farbogaabogaa08 Dec 20170.99Yes
Another MasterpieceSephirous05 Dec 20170.99Yes