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Super Castlevania IV - Other Castle

Hack of Super Castlevania IV

Description:

Super Castlevania IV Other Castle

This is a complete hack of Super Castlevania IV. With a very view graphical changes. It is mostly a levels hack with a new power-up that let’s you move in ways not seen before, opening new shortcuts and pathways.

Other Castle is a bit more challenging than the original game. Prepare for these new challenges if you play the normal game. There is also a easy patch for casual player.

The main focus is level design. Other Castle let you explore Castlevania IV all over again. Learn a lot more about Dracula and Simon. Those who survive Other Castle once, more pain awaits on the 2nd loop!

  • Who can become the hero for this challenge?
  • If you have trouble using this patch read the readme file

Version 0.9 The hack received some updates in the past. More info in the readme file.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Castlevania IV (USA) - no-intro
  • MD5: 094F035993E9724647B61DDCBA1E9A7A
  • Size: 1,048,576 bytes

Links:

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
bogaabogaaHacking

User Review Information

Feels unfinished and needs some level design touch ups

Reviewed By: Supergamerguy on 01 Aug 2020

While I must give props to the creator for daring to make their own version of Super Castlevania 4, as this game is rarely hacked, I cant say at this point in time that it even comes close to the original’s polish. The level design isn’t horrible by any means, but many places don’t feel like they are properly optimized for Simon’s moveset and capabilities in this game.

There are many places where alternate paths within levels just ended and you were stuck with no choice but to die to reset. I am also reminded of one section in the very first level, a experience in most games meant to introduce the players to new designs and character capabilities gradually, where a new powerup gives you invincibility for a criminally short amount of time, but also makes you extremely faster and requires you to almost speedrun a section of the area with perfect platforming accuracy to get to the rest of the level.

If this was all the flaws with this hack, I’d chalk it up to beginners level design mistakes and getting used to the creation process, but this hack steps up the “difficulty” with an overwhelming amount of enemies. Expect there to be anywhere from 2-5 enemies onscreen at all times and they will be placed in the most inconspicuous of spots to ambush you when you least expect it. Add that to the abundance of holes and short ceilings in the game, and you’ll be having fun in damage loops and pitfalls the whole ride.

This hack has so much potential to be fun and challenging (in a good way), but it’s obvious that it’s still rough around the edges (and may always be since there have been no updates in several years). More enemies and broken platforming do not make a great game, and this is more than just “a little more challenging” than its source material. This hack isn’t doing the Super Castlevania 4 hacking scene any favors by being one of the only examples of SCIV modifications, though it definitely could be if it tried “a little” harder.

Version 0.9 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Feels unfinished and needs some level design touch upsSupergamerguy01 Aug 20200.9No
Really cool!Grimmy31 Aug 20180.9Yes
PRICELESSslogra25 Apr 20170.6.1Yes
A great hack for people who tought the original was too easyBregalad22 Apr 20170.6.1Yes
Super Awesome!banesbox14 Apr 20170.6.1Yes
FinallyBero170717 Apr 20170.6.1Yes