Available on: GB
Back in the day, Castlevania for the NES was a great game, if not a masterpiece, and Castlevania II was downgrading of the worst degree. Well, the first Game Boy title Castlevania: The Adventure was below mediocre, while Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge was a fine effort to save the Castlevania brand's face on the handheld. It's got problems - not all of the first game's flaws are scrubbed out - but at the very least, it's playable, and quite recommendable for Castlevania completists as it has a lot more of the vintage franchise in it.
Son, now you've gone and pissed me off
|Spikes. A LOT OF SPIKES. |
The graphics are more detailed, cleaner and smoother than before and the game's look is much closer to home when it comes to the brand name, in all of HUD, level and character design. The music was quite OK in the last game, one of its few good qualities - in this game it's even better. All of the songs are original pieces written exclusively for the game, and most of them retain Castlevania music's awesome trademark drive. Audiovisually, the game is exactly what the first one was supposed to be.
There are four stages in the game and each has its own, distinct theme. You can beat them in any order to unlock two more in the dungeons of Castlevania itself. It's kind of like Castlevania III on the NES; all of the first four stages are only moderately difficult, while the last two are pure, untamed hell, all the way to the incredibly difficult bosses. The game might not have the most difficult final bosses out of all Castlevania games, but they are HARD, nonetheless.
|Bloopers in Castlevania?|
|Would you freak out if you |
were chased down by a giant
|In the first game, you'd be dead |
already. The gears are also
deadly, you know.
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge is a moderately entertaining, good old black 'n' white Castlevania game. Due to its lead character who is apparently made out of solid rock, it's not quite comfortable all the way and its occasionally ultra-high level of difficulty will have you ripping your scalp to shreds, but it's so close to what Castlevania used to stand for back in the day, that it's pretty much irresistable to try at least once.
Graphics : 8.5
Sound : 8.8
Playability : 7.0
Challenge : 9.0
Overall : 7.3
a.k.a. Dracula Densetsu II (JAP)