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|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.
- 1up: extra player life.
- Bag of Kreutzers: 100 to 2,000 points.
- Red Jewel: adds 1 jewel for special weapon usage.
- Blue Jewel: adds 5 jewels for special weapon usage.
- Coat-of-Arms: power-up your weapon.
- Mirror of Truth: hits all enemies on screen.
- Mutton Chop: restores one half of your character's life.
- Spell Book: causes a random effect, such as weapon power-up.
- Black Orb: Makes your character invulnerable for a short while.
- Battle Axe: It's thrown up then falls down, making it difficult to hit enemies in certain cases, though it's great to reach the ones above you. At level 3 it summons three axes which fly straight forward.
- Crystal Blade Boomerang: It's thrown in a straight line then comes backward, possibly hitting enemies twice on its way. At level 3 it summons three boomerangs which fly forward forming a circle.
- Sacred Water: Like the Battle Axe, it's thrown up then falls down and can damages enemies in the air, though when it touches the ground a sacred explosion is created. At level 3 it flies through the screen in a spiral movement, hitting a good area.
- For more screenshots see Category:Castlevania: Bloodlines screenshots
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".
- Programmer MK1: Hanaten
- Enemy Program: Takashi Takeda
- Trap and Enemy Program: Kenichiro Horio
- Wandering Programmer: Koji Komata
- Program: Hidenari Inamura
- Main Designer: Bunmin
- Design: Mamuun
- Special Design: Tat, Norio Takemoto
- Sound Program: Atsushi Fujio, Osamu Kasai
- Sound Design: Michiru Yamane
- Package Design: M.Yoshihashi, Kaori Sasaki
- Special Thanks to: H.Takeuchi, K.Iketani, K.Kinjyo, T.Shinguu, N.Tanaka, S.Yomota, H.Jyuni, A.Shizuno, T.Niimi, T.Yabe
- Copyright by: 1994 Tokumashoten Intermedia Inc.
- Supervisor: Yutaka Haruki
- Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
- © 1994 Konami
- All Rights Reserved
- Source: In-game credits
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).
- Main article: Castlevania: Bloodlines/Magazine articles.
US TV Advert
also published in:
- Computer & Video Games (UK) #147: "February 1994" (1994-01-15)
- Computer & Video Games (UK) #148: "March 1994" (1994-02-15)
- Computer & Video Games (UK) #149: "April 1994" (1994-03-15)
- Mega (UK) #19: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Mean Machines Sega (UK) #18: "April 1994" (1994-02-28)
- Mega (UK) #20: "May 1994" (1994-04-21)
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ROM dump status
- File:GamePro US 053.pdf, page 253
- File:CVG UK 147.pdf, page 62
- File:SegaPro DE 18.pdf, page 42
- File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 89
- File:EGM US 058.pdf, page 2
- File:CVG UK 147.pdf, page 61
- File:CVG UK 148.pdf, page 115
- File:CVG UK 149.pdf, page 11
- File:Mega UK 19.pdf, page 92
- File:MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf, page 100
- File:Mega UK 20.pdf, page 92
- File:MegaForce ES 24.pdf, page 27
- File:ConsolesPlus FR 030.pdf, page 92
- File:GamePro US 056.pdf, page 48
- File:Joypad FR 029.pdf, page 112
- File:MMS16 CastlevaniaReview.pdf, page 2
- File:PlayerOne FR 040.pdf, page 68
- File:SegaMagazine UK 02.pdf, page 91
|Castlevania games for Sega systems|
|Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994)|
|Castlevania: The Bloodletting (Cancelled)|
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|Castlevania Resurrection (Cancelled)|