|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Number of players: 1|
Castlevania: Bloodlines, known as Vampire Killer (バンパイアキラー) in Japan, is an entry in the Castlevania series, and the first of two games to reach Sega systems. Bloodlines was the subject of much debate at the time, as even though it has a considerable amount of violence and many depictions of blood, Sega's Videogame Rating Council only gave the game a "GA", the lowest rating possible. This affected the European release, which was heavily censored and renamed Castlevania: The New Generation, and the Australian release kept the name while remaining identical to the American release in content. The game was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive.
Bloodlines does not feature the Belmont clan featured in previous games. Although the characters are related to the Belmont clan by blood, they belong to other families and their relationship is not clearly explained. It is also the first game not to take place exclusively within in Romania.
Compared to other Castlevania games, Bloodlines was faster and more dynamic, e.g. it's possible to jump onto stairs. Weapons can be powered up, which also exchanges the equipped subweapon (axe, boomerang,...) into a smartbomb.
Like most Konami games on the Sega Mega Drive, Bloodlines has become rather expensive.
In 1897, Quincy Morris defeated Count Dracula, but died afterwards due to the wounds from the battle. His son, John Morris, and his friend Eric Lecarde witnessed it.
Twenty years later, a vampire named Elizabeth Bartley - who had been executed in 1421 - was accidentally brought back to life by a witch named Drolta Tzuentes. Once back, Elizabeth wants to revive her dead uncle - none other than Dracula.
Now, it's up to John and Eric - descendants of a clan of vampire hunters, the Belmonts - to find Elizabeth and stop her, before she brings Count Dracula back to the land of the living.
|“||The ancestors of the Belmont family are doomed to confront the power of evil incarnate......Dracula!
In 1917, a countess sought to revive the long dead spirit of the vampire. Her name was Elizabeth Bartley.
To revive him, she needed to travel all over Europe, enlisting help from all the powers of darkness.
Two young vampire hunters set out to fulfill their destiny.... Push back the evil hordes and drive the vampire back into his dark netherworld.
— Opening sequence
In Castlevania: Bloodlines the player travel through six different countries of Europe, controlling either John Morris — current owner of the "Vampire Killer" whip — or his childhood friend Eric Lecarde — a master lanceman. Macabre creatures such as zombies and skeletons are summoned by Countess Bartley to kill you.
Along the way you can collect items to power-up the weapon (up to three times), as well as one of three special weapons, useful to hit enemies from afar. In order to use the special weapons you must collect jewels, which are hidden inside candles found all over the way.
By default attacks, jumps and uses the special weapon; controls can be changed at the options menu. Special weapons normally require one jewel per usage, though holding while pressing turns it into a smartbomb, which uses up four jewels. Also, if you collect three power-ups having at least eight jewels, the special weapon is temporarily replaced by an ultimate attack that costs eight jewels. Holding and pressing midair performs a straight down attack.
Passwords are given at the end of each stage, once the stage boss is defeated. When passwords are used, the weapon level, jewels count and score are reset — the special weapon is also lost.
|John Morris (Johnny Morris in the Japanese version)|
|Born in 12 December 1895 in Texas, USA, he is the son of Quincy Morris (who died upon defeating Dracula in 1897), and a distant descendant of Trevor Belmont. His weapon is the sacred whip "Vampire Killer", used by the Belmonts for centuries and temporarily entrusted to the Morris clan, since the Belmonts are unable to touch it until the year of 1999.|
|Born in 3 May 1892 in Segovia, Spain, he is also related to the Belmont lineage, though details are unclear. Eric decided to become a vampire hunter after Elizabeth Bartley changed his girlfriend, Gwendolyn, into a vampire. His weapon is the "Alcarde Spear", entrusted to the Lecarde family by Alucard, the son of Dracula, to assist the Morris clan. He has the advantage of being able to attack upward and diagonally, by pressing the desired direction on the D-pad.|
|Stage 1 - Ruins of the Castle Dracula, Romania|
|The first stage is divided into eleven sections, featuring two mini-bosses — a big zombie dog at the end of 1-5 and Skele-dragon at 1-10 — as well and the stage boss — Armor Battler, a giant mecha knight.|
|Stage 2 - Atlantis Shrine, Greece|
|The second stage has seven parts, featuring three mini-bosses — two giant mecha knights at 2-3 (the first one wielding a morning star and the other wielding an axe) and, again, Skele-dragon at 2-5 — plus the stage boss — Golem, a stone giant.|
|Stage 3 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy|
|Stage 4 - The Munitions Factory, Germany|
|Stage 5 - Versailles Palace, France|
|Stage 6 - The Castle Proserpina, England|
The only regional difference in the ending credits is in the very first line, where it says "<regional game title> Staff". Also, if you beat the game in normal difficulty it ends with "Try Expert Mode!"; if you finish it in expert difficulty it changes to "Congratulations! You are the master of Vampire Killer".
The game utilizes a region lockout mechanism, but it can be disabled by holding down the button during startup. Note that this doesn't affect the title screen and graphics modifications (so it's not possible to turn a censored PAL version into an uncensored NTSC-J or NTSC-U version).
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| Based on|
|Mega Drive, SE (Rental)|
|Castlevania games for Sega systems|
|Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994)|
|Castlevania: The Bloodletting (Cancelled)|
|Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (1998) | Castlevania: The Bloodletting (Cancelled)|
|Castlevania Resurrection (Cancelled)|