Simon Belmont travels through Count Dracula's castle, which emerges every 100 years. Every 100 years, the dark vampire known as Dracula resurrects and terrorizes the land.
Simon battles numerous bosses along his way, including Frankenstein's monster, Igor, a pair of Mummy Men, the Phantom Bat, Queen Medusa, the Grim Reaper, and Count Dracula himself.
Castlevania for NES gameplay
Castlevania uses platform gameplay and is divided into six blocks of three stages each, for a total of 18 stages. Simon can move, jump, crouch, climb stairs, and use a magic whip as his primary combat weapon.
The player begins the game with three lives, and must complete the current block of stages before a timer runs out. Different weapons can be gathered which consume hearts when used, these hearts can also be collected from monsters and candles. Progression through the castle eventually leads to a confrontation with Count Dracula himself.
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