Main

Features

Hardware
 
Akumajō Dracula Shikkokutaru Zensōkyoku
悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲
27 Nov 1997




Demon Castle Dracula - Dark Night Prelude
(Castlevania Legends)
   
Released a mere 6 months after the hugely successful Symphony of the Night (1997), 'Dark Night Prelude' struck as a huge leap backwards. No surprises here: just a simple and bare bones action platform game, on horrendously antiquated hardware.
The game features Sonia Belmont, the very first 'Belmont Vampire Killer'. Her brief entanglement with Alucard, son of Dracula, might peak the curiosity of those who enjoy the series' roller-coaster narrative: did they have an affair? If so, whom did they conceive? Christopher? Ralph? Simon?
Who knows. Who cares? There is only threadbare drama here: this game suffers from such a lack of memorable moments that you tend to notice that the 'Continue' screen is quite nice, and it's a welcome change to have a female heroine for a change.
Each of the first five levels contain a 'Collection Item' to be found, and every boss holds a 'Soul Weapon' - a special magic power that can then be used as a sub-weapon.
There is also one hidden level and some minor playability tweaks here and there (move when crouching, change direction in mid-jump) but none of this steals any thunder from the previous Game Boy entry of the series, the now six-year-old Dracula Densetsu II (1991).
A waste of time, then? Not necessarily… 'Dark Night Prelude' is an OK handheld game, and that's all there is to it. It's just that following so closely in the footsteps of Symphony of the Night, this is one hell of a comedown.


Rating:
 

 
 
 
 
 



 
Akumajō Dracula Shikkokutaru Zensōkyoku
悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲

GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 27 Nov 1997
Publisher Konami
Product ID DMG-ADNJ-JPN
Size (cm) 12.2 x 9.6 x 2.1
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
An average game by most standards, but still a relatively valuable item.
Compatible with the Super Game Boy for coloured backgrounds and optional window.

Cardboard packaging, 2Mbit cartridge (with battery backup), 24-page colour booklet.

Akumajō Dracula Shikkokutaru Zensōkyoku Kōshiki Kanzen Guide Book
悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲 公式完全ガイドブック

KONAMI OFFICIAL GUIDE - KONAMI KANPEKI KŌRYAKU SERIES
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 25 Dec 1997
Publisher Konami
Product ID ISBN4-575-16085-7
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.6 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Hard-to-find 'Official Complete Guide Book' for the third GB Dracula.
Features character art, gameplay tips, enemy information and every single level laid out with maps, item locations & specific tips on how to tackle each section.

80 pages, 16 in colour, Japanese.

 



'Akumajō Dracula', 'Castlevania' and 'Konami' are registered trademarks of Konami Corporation
'Game Boy' and 'Nintendo' are registered trademarks of Nintendo Co. Ltd.
Akumajō Dracula Shikkokutaru Zensōkyoku TM & © 1997 Konami All Rights Reserved
Page content, design & layout © 2012 Arcade Gear