Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is a videogame for the Nintendo Entertainment System developed by Konami. It was released in 1987 (Japan), 1988 (North America), and 1990 (Europe).

Story Overview

The main character of the game is Simon Belmont, returning from the first Castlevania. He's been infected with a curse, and the only cure for said curse is bringing Dracula back to life, and killing him again. To do this, Simon has to collect various relics of Dracula (“relics” in the Dark Ages saint's definition, so like little parts of his body, like his fingernail) that someone has locked into houses and preserved. Once these are collected, he can go to the castle, bring Dracula back, and kick his ass.

A note: Relics in the Dark Ages are a pretty interesting topic, as usually there was some kind of caretaker for the relic who would tour it around, usually making money off of it. Also, the presence of a relic usually meant there was some kind of minor cult behind the figure the relic originally belonged to. In this case, that would mean the relics in Simon's Quest indicate Dracula has achieved a saint-like status among some people in the region, and has a cult working to preserve him.

So yes, the basic plot is that Simon has to bring Dracula back to life just to kill him again. Simon is pretty much a badass.

Interesting Mechanics

  • The game can be seen as the first attempt at having a large open world in a Castlevania game (as opposed to the previous game's discrete levels), though in effect, each of the houses for the relics is a level in itself.
  • The game features a day/night cycle. The text for the change to night has become a small joke among Castlevania fans (as so many quotes from the series have). The change to night makes enemies outside of towns harder, and makes the towns themselves full of zombies, effectively removing the safety towns have previously offered.
  • Towns also have bottomless pits that can totally kill you.
  • Also, there are towns, which is pretty unique for the series.

Full of LIES

The English translation of this game (and possibly the Japanese original) has been proven to be full of lying villagers. Because of this, and a lot of random insane videogame logic, the game is almost unbeatable without an FAQ.

Hacks, Mods, etc.

Pyron

Pyron is a total conversion, turning Castlevania II into a future-set Metrovania, with a jetpack.

  • Pyron - RHDN thread.
  • Optoman - Youtube channel which houses videos of Pyron.

See Also

 
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