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General Information
Date Released: 1988
Heroes: Simon Belmont
Stage Number: 6
Size: 2.68MB
Original System(s)
Ported To

Alternate Names/Systems

(1) Akumajou Dracula -- translation: Demon Castle Dracula (Japan)
(2) PS2:
Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono 15: Akumajou Dracula -- translation: Game Center Zoku Sono 15: Demon Castle Dracula

Re-release Information

(1) 2006: The formerly arcade-only Haunted Castle is ported to the Playstation 2 thanks to a Japanese company called Hamster, which re-releases single titles under the brand "Oretachi." Its official re-release title is Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono 15: Akumajou Dracula. (Thanks to Protogem for this information.)

Manual Story Description

Haunted Castle is an arcade game, thus it has no traditional manual. Instead, its cabinet offers the following explanation:

The honeymoon is over before it has begun in Haunted Castle. The player's wife has been kidnapped by evil Vampire. Fearing nothing, the player boldly starts on a quest to find his missing bride. He begins his mission with a whip as his only weapon, but he can obtain a more powerful weapon (chain or sword) by destroying particular enemies. The player collects small and large hearts that appear after destroying certain enemies. The amount of hearts the player collects determines the number of times he can use a power-up item.


Haunted Castle found its way into western arcades around the same time Castlevania hit the NES. You've probably never heard of it, and there's a reason for that: It didn't fare too well because of its limited availability and its insane challenge-level. It's a shame, therein, that many of the series' fans are oblivious to its existence and may never get the chance to play it. Though, for the sake of their blood pressure, that's probably a good thing.

The story is somewhat parallel to that of the NES' own Castlevania, but it exists solely as an "alternate rendition" (a more unlikely version) of Simon Belmont's adventures, wherein his wife has been abducted by a freshly risen Dracula. Its method of play, though not as deep, is directly in the vein of Castlevania: You must take control of the hero and lead him through six stages of madness, each flooded with minor enemies, crammed with vile traps, and resided over by challenging bosses. Using a number of regular and sub-weapons, it's up to you to defeat Count Dracula and save Simon's kidnapped bride.

The cabinet comes with its own manual that guides the arcade owner in the assembly process. This rare manual can be seen here, courtesy of Morgoth, its contributor.

Japanese/European Differences

Haunted Castle first appeared in Japanese arcades, but it was instead presented under the traditional Japanese name reserved for the more common series' titles: Like the MSX2 and NES titles, that is, it's called Akumajou Dracula. The Japanese version, according to correspondent Sam Mills, is somewhat easier than the American version yet still considerably challenging. It should be noted that this holds true for the PS2 version of Akumajou Dracula, which is a straight port.

For more on Haunted Castle, click on "review" at the bottom of this page.

Soundtrack and Credits

Opening and Ending Themes: 1 - Dracula's Resurrection | 2 - Wedding March Tragedy | 3 - Ending
Stage Themes: 1 - Cross Your Heart | 2 - Devil's Revival | 3 - Bloody Tears | 4 - Underground Melody | 5 - Clock Tower's Fear | 6 - Don't Wait Until Night
Battle Themes: 1 - Devil's Resurrection | 2 - Dracula's Room | 3 - Final Battle
Miscellaneous Themes: 1 - No Return | 2 - Never End | 3 - Battle Again | 4 - Sent to the Devil's Requiem

Music Files: MP3 and MIDI
Soundtrack Release: Dracula Battle Perfect Selectlion Vol. 1, Oretachi Game Center Zoku - Akumajou Dracula and Castlevania Best Music Collections Box
Game Credits: Not Available

Other Characters

Lesser Enemies: Skeleton, Zombie, Raven, Rolling Stone, Wall Widow, Bat, Fishman, Skeledragon, Rock Monster, Skeleton Ghost, Hunchback, Spirit, Axe Knight, Attacking Silverware, Harpy, Rolling Eyes and Mummy Man
Bosses: Medusa, Bone Dragon King, Stain-Glass Knight, Giant Rock Creature and Frankenstein
Dracula Forms: Dracula and Dracula's Ghost
Supporting Cast: Serena

Character Lists

Lesser Enemies | Bosses | Dracula Forms | Supporting Cast

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Main Arsenal

Hero Image
Full Name: Simon Belmont
Main Weapon: Vampire Killer Whip
Weapon Power-Up: None
Alternate Weapons: Mace & Sword
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: None
Special Abilities: None
Armor: None
Limitations: This version of Simon is fairly prototypical, with little in the way of variation for his control scheme. Simon moves along rather slowly, even more so when climbing up stairways, but his whip, mace and sword speed is very favorable. Whipping while climbing, however, is an adventure in its own right due to control conflict. Simon can jump pretty well, but the jumps can't be controlled to a great degree, and most will come off like wild leaps. Since the hit-detection is so poor, Simon is no match for large packs of enemies, and his weapon speed, while sufficient, surely won't compensate. His unorthodox weapon selection--like the crosses, torch and bombs--will help to eliminate enemy clusters, but he'll always come out with damage one way or another.

Weapon Name
Weapon Image
Vampire Killer
Standard family-created leather whip
Steel club for bashing foes over the head
Cuirass blade used for quick stabs forward

Magical Items
Item Name
Found In
Powers Mystic Weapons
Big Heart
Powers Mystic Weapons

Weapon Name
Heart Consumption

Screenshots & Media

Local Title Screens

U.S. Title Screen
Japanese Title Screen

Action Shots









Quick-Reference Links
What's Inside
Complete stage overview plus complete stage maps
A look at the lost arcade title and its importance to the series

Text Documents and Help Files
Other Files
None Available
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Scenes, Packaging Scans and More
American Version
Japanese Version
European Version