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Akumajō Densetsu
悪魔城伝説
22 Dec 1989

 




 
The 6th chapter of the Akumajo Dracula Series series moves away from the the exploration structure of Dracula II (1987) and presents a back-to-basics action game, directly inspired by the original Akumajo Dracula (1986).
In fact it's almost exactly the same as the original, except that everything has been overhauled: the quest is larger and far more varied (thanks to the inclusion of multiple routes and a password system) and there are now three bonus characters to discover along the way.
The main course layout is split into two main routes, along which these potential team-mates are being held captive. After rescuing one you can select them anytime during play by pressing the SELECT button.
You can only take one at at time though - this gives way to 4 different endings, depending on who you have with you when it's all over. Make your choice wisely: each one has different attributes, and you cannot change again during the dreaded second loop.
In terms of the Akumajo Dracula series, this might well be as good as it gets. The backdrops are dark and heady, the soundtrack eerie and thumping, and the level design is nothing short of superb. The series' trademark gameplay has been tweaked to perfection here; the sheer variety of the course and perfectly balanced difficulty come together perfectly, ending up as one of the finest action platform games of its generation.
Try the second loop for maximum kicks. It's nothing but a filthy, twisted and masochistic assembly of deceitful traps and nasty surprises. But hey, everything will be fine. You are, after all, a man of the cloth.

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Akumajō Densetsu
悪魔城伝説

FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 22 Dec 1989
Publisher Konami
Product ID RC845
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
A massive, varied and eternally challenging action game - one of the best the series has to offer.
It also remains the only 'official' version of the game available, so it is becoming more and more expensive by the day.

Cardboard packaging, 3Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Akumajō Densetsu Kanzen Kōryaku Technique Book
悪魔城伝説 完全攻略テクニックブック

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 20 Jan 1990
Publisher Tokuma
Product ID ISBN4-88658-206-0
Size (cm) 17.3 x 10.5 x 0.5
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Complete Capture Technique Book' for the game, now a very sought after item indeed - hence the astronomical price.
Features profiles for all characters, comprehensive stage layouts, enemy gallery, strategies, tactics... The works.

66 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Akumajō Dracula Famicom Best
悪魔城ドラキュラ ファミコン・ベスト

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Mar 1990
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-1005
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Vintage soundtrack CD featuring the complete BGM collections of the first 3 Famicom Dracula games:
- Akumajō Dracula (1986)
- Dracula II (1987)
- Akumajō Densetsu (1989)
This original 1990 edition is now a VERY valuable item - it can often be found in specialist stores around $100 (usually with no spine).
Please contact us if you're really after one, otherwise just go for the 1998 'Best' re-release (see below).

Akumajō Dracula Best
悪魔城ドラキュラ ベスト

SOUNDTRACK (RE-ISSUE)
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 23 Sep 1998
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7901
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Re-issue edition of the 1990 'Akumajo Dracula Famicom Best' compilation listed above. Features the complete BGM collections of:
- Akumajō Dracula (1986)
- Dracula II (1987)
- Akumajō Densetsu (1989)
...with some spooky sound effects thrown in here and there for good measure.

CD case, 33-track audio CD (1:04:00), 12-page monochrome booklet, spine card.

 



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