The Witching Hour ’17 Night Twenty: Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse

The shadows gather around us once again. Take our hands and wander with us into the darkness where the monsters gather. We’re bringing you 31 horror reviews in October. Whatever you do, don’t let go of our hands lest you find out what truly goes bump in the night.

Ask longtime Nintendo gamers to name the most iconic game series for the NES that was not made by the Big N and more than a few will likely mention Castlevania. The NES trilogy featured a medieval vampire killing clan, an amazing musical score and tough-as-nails gameplay. Castlevania III has all of these elements refined into a flawless awesome gameplay experience.

While the second game in the NES trilogy, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest boasts some RPG elements, this game returns to the roots of the series as an action-platformer. There are sixteen stages but you will only play through 9 or 10 of them as there are two routes in the game. Your character, Trevor, wields the Vampire Killer whip and can use any special weapon in the game.

There are other playable characters to add some variety. Sypha Belnades is a wizard with offensive magic spells. Grant Danasty is a thief who can climb walls and ceilings while utilizing daggers and axes. Finally, Alucard is the son of Dracula and can transform into a bat and fly over difficult areas.

The easiest way to play Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is through the Wii U or 3DS eShop. It is a masterpiece and worth a playthrough during the Halloween season.

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