Castlevania: The Adventure

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European box art.

Castlevania: The Adventure is an action platform video game developed and published by Konami and released on 1989-10-27 for the Game Boy. It is part of the Castlevania series.


I tried playing this game several times, but became so frustrated by the poor controls, I gave up by the second stage.


I do not own this game, and I have not beaten it.


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Best Version: Super Game Boy

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  • The graphics are quite good for a Game Boy game.


  • The game runs too slowly. It feels like it's lagging the whole game.
  • Most of the music is derivative of previous games in the series, except they sound worse, and not just because of the weaker audio hardware. The music that is new to this game isn't very good.
  • With only four levels, the game is especially short, even for a Game Boy game.
  • The sprites seem to be drawn slightly after the background making them look like they're slightly out of sync.


  • The controls are particularly bad. Like with previous Castlevania titles, you can't change direction mid-jump, and enemy knock-back obnoxiously sends you flying in the opposite direction. All too frequently you wind up falling to your death in a pit. The jumps are also painfully short and slow, making it difficult to clear enemies or short gaps. There is also a problem with jumping at an angle, many times, even when you're pressing left of right on the D-pad, you will jump straight up instead.


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Game Boy World, Review.


Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Castlevania: The Adventure
Japanese ドラキュラ伝説 Dracula Densetsu Dracula Legend


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