I don't think anyone would deny, this is one of the best NES games that ever came out of the '80s. Now there's a lot of things that make this game stand out, but the biggest one for me is the incredibly accurate control. Before playing Castlevania, i honestly didn't think that NES games were capable of such precision in their control scheme, but this game is a testament to how good controls for this console can get. I never find myself dying for an unfair reason, it's always justified by my action (i ducked when i should have jumped, moved too early, jumped too late, etc.). While some of the later stages get pretty difficult, this game is designed in such a way that you get better at fighting certain enemies and learn the timing better every time you play it. One thing i will say though, it took me a while to figure out how to throw your special item since i didn't have a manual to read up on it right away. So in the middle of my first playthrough, i had to look up a PDF of the manual online to figure out how to fire it (up + B). Good to know and it comes in handy, but there's a couple times in the game where you want to fire it on stairs but can't because you use up and down on the D-pad to control going up and down them, so it gets somewhat aggravating if you need to fire the special weapon at that exact moment. This isn't a huge issue though because there's usually no enemies around the stairs anyways and your whip has a wide enough range that can hit them, but as far as i can tell, it's the only flaw with this masterpiece besides the infamous "jumping back" Simon does every time he gets hit. But hey, if it wasn't challenging, why play it? Overall, Castlevania is one of the best platformers in the NES library. It's a definite "top 5 must-play" for any retro gamer.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Ryan Baker from Detroit on 11/24/2015