One of the best Castlevanias for any system.

User Rating: 10 | Akumajou Densetsu NES
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is my favorite Castlevania on the NES. The graphics are top-notch, the music impeccable, and just plain fun to play. This was one of the last NES games that I would buy that was brand new, since I was in the transition of upgrading to 16-bit. I feel that Dracula’s Curse is one of the best NES games to ever appear on the system.

All of the NES Castlevania games featured excellent graphics. Dracula’s Curse is probably the best 8-bit Castlevania graphically. The environments are beautifully illustrated and the characters are quite detailed. The soundtrack borrows from past Castlevanias and also adds a few unique tracks of its own. The music is ominous and moody which helps set the tone of the games. Dracula’s Curse game play resembles the original in that the levels are linear instead of the free roaming structure of Simon’s Quest. One difference though is that Dracula’s Curse has branching pathways, so you not completely confined to a linear level structure. This gives the game replay value. Also you are given a choice of allies that you may come across during the game. Each has their own abilities and you can switch between the main character and the ally throughout the game. Like most of the Castlevania games, Dracula’s Curse is not an easy game to breeze through. I spent many hours trying to complete the game. It is not as difficult as the original, but it does have its frustrating moments and fighting Dracula three times in succession doesn’t help either.

This is my second favorite Castlevania game, just below Super Castlevania IV. I could play this game for hours and not get bored and I still can fire it up today and still have fun.