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悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻
©1986 1993 Konami
Release : 1993-10-29 (¥7800)
SuperCDRom² KMCD3005
Action / Platform game

Konami only released a handful of games for the PC Engine system, and Akumajō Dracula X is often considered as the most polished and one of the best Castlevania game ever made. The player starts his long journey as Ritcher Belmont, descendant of the Belmont bloodline whose eternal destiny is to oppose the evil spirit of Dracula. Our hero, like his ancestors did before him, is on a mission to rescue his beloved Annette Renard from the hands of the Prince of Darkness and his minions. As the player ventures deeper inside Dracula's dreaded castle, the adventure quickly proves more challenging than anticipated, with more villagers to rescue and terrible monsters to be feared (and even play as the young Maria Renard if he happens to be skilled enough to find her). The game follows the tradition of its popular predecessors, and Ritcher can strike his enemies with his trademark Vampire Killer whip or secondary weapons such as daggers, axes or crucifixes. However, and unlike other early games in the series, although the path to victory is for the most part linear, various stages are designed with alternate routes and hidden secrets - Akumajō Dracula X features seven huge areas to explore, but also includes countless alternate routes which bring the grand total to twelve stages! Finally, thanks to the Super CDRom² format, a long and full screen introduction sequence feeds the game story with elegance and... German voice acting. Konami put the icing on the cake by also giving players the ability to purchase clues and tactics to beat bosses and the total percentage of game completed.
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Akumajōu Dracula Interestingly Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo is chronologically the tenth episode of the Akumajō series which was released in Japan from 1986 to 1993 (this somehow explains where the 'X' from the title comes from). A spiritual remake called Akumajō Dracula XX (aka Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss in Europe and Castlevania: Dracula X in the US) was released in 1995 for the Super Famicom and was based on the PC Engine version tested here. This version is however far from being a true port, and both games are very different. Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle (aka Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles in the west) was finally released in 2007 for Sony's PSP and was a true remake of Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo with 3D polygonal graphics. It is interesting to notice that the original PC Engine Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo is available in Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle as an unlockable bonus. Another game worth mentioning is the excellent Akumajō Dracula X Gekka no Yasōkyoku (aka CastleVania Symphony of the Night) released for the Playstation in 1997 and the Saturn in 1998. It is a direct sequel to Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo where the player takes control of Alucard (son of Dracula) or Richter Belmont. This critically acclaimed episode was also included as an unlockable bonus in Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle. Symphony of the Night is definitively the game that earned the series the popular moniker "Metroidvania", term used to describe side-scrolling action games with non-linear exploration and mild RPG elements (which is a rather curious name if you think about it, as this genre was arguably around before 1986, the release date of Metroid...).

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Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo has an added bonus - if the game is played without a Super System Card, a mini-game featuring a cute and super deformed version of Ritcher Belmont loads instead. This short and colorful side-scrolling game is called Akumajō Dracula Peke and was also included as an unlockable bonus in Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle released in 2007 for Sony's PSP. The original PC Engine version has a text at the end of this extra stage explaining that the game can only be played with a Super System Card - the text was obviously removed from the PSP version.

See Akumajō Dracula for the Super Famicom system for more info about the Akumajō Dracula series.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :


Y. Yamada

Character Design
T. Furukawa
R. B
K. Yamada

T. Hagihara
Shingo. T

Sound Staff
Jigokusha Nakamura
Metaru Yuuki
Voice Staff
Babitto. K

Guitar Solo
Furukawa Motoaki

Visual Staff

Special Thanks
Oozawa Jimusho
AC Kurieito Kabushikigaisha
Sutajio . Oto No Marchenya
CoCo Sutajio
Package Design
M. Yoshuhashi

T. Hagihara

Special Thanks
Asuty. S
Axelay Ueda
Elf Tateishi
H. Kyomas
Jef Miura
M. Suzuki
Nori.B Sato
Pokopen Itoh
Ponce Yamamoto
Pop The Top Wada
S. Hayashi
Unico Satoh
Yada Bon
R. Gotoh
T. Hayasaka

©1986 1993 Konami

Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
(PC Engine Fan part 1)
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
(PC Engine Fan part 2)
Japanese Soundtrack
Japanese Soundtrack
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Megadrive versions)


Dracula X manual
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Kidnapped characters:
Four different characters are held captive in Dracula's castle and can be rescued. Here is how to find them...

Maria - Annette's sister
Before you rush to her rescue, the first thing to do is to find the key. When the large Behemoth charges Richter in Stage 2, run as fast as possible and hit the fifth candle in the hallway (or the third one after Behemoth appears) - this is where the key is. Collect the key and store it in your secondary weapon inventory (you read this well, you can't use other secondary weapons when you carry the key). Carry on right, go down to the underground lake, pass the fishmen and you will reach a door. Open it with the key to rescue Maria (and to unlock her as a playable character!).
Akumajōu Dracula - How to find Maria

Annette - Richer's girlfriend
She is hidden deep within Dracula's castle, in the dreaded Clock Tower (Stage 7). But you must first find a key - a door (with a large gear above it) can be found at the top of the first clock tower's section located after the long collapsing bridge. Hit the gear several times and pass through the door. There, kill the bird, collect the key and store it in your secondary weapon inventory. Carry the key and take it to another door located at the bottom of the third clock tower section, after the harpies - this is where Annette is held captive.
Akumajōu Dracula - How to find Annette

Tera - villager
She is hidden in stage 3'. Just after defeating the large purple skull, you will reach a room with a door. However, four boulders located right below that door can be broken (as long as you hit them from the top down) and reveal a passageway (red wooden staircase going down). Walk along that newly discovered path to rescue Tera.
Akumajōu Dracula - How to find Tera

Iris - villager
She is hidden in stage 4'. Fight your way through the level until you reach a little frog statue (it is technically the second one, right after the fence). Hit it (it will sink into the ground). Carry on exploring the level until you find another frog statue. Hit it as well. Then retrace your steps back to the first wooden suspension bridge - the center piece should now be open and give access to a cave, where Iris is held captive.
Akumajōu Dracula - How to find Iris

Alternate routes:
Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo is packed with alternate routes and hidden levels. Here is a simple map:
Akumajōu Dracula - map

Akumajōu Dracula - level select Level select:
Start a new game and enter X-X!V''Q as your character name. When you start, a new option called 'Stage Select' should now be available (picture on the right), allowing you to play any level in the game, whether you have completed the level you wish to play or not.

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Akumajō Dracula X is a work of ambition and great technical virtuosity. Konami has achieved with tremendous care a superb harmony between gameplay and breathtaking action. Akumajō Dracula X throws the player right into the fray and Konami was fully conscious of the strength of excess. Right after the opening sequence, a floating Grim Reaper welcomes Ritcher as he rides at full speed a horse carriage - all of this to set an incredible atmospheric tone that will keep hassling the player throughout the game. Graphics may look dated to some - but they are detailed with striking visual aesthetic and the various animation cycles are incredibly polished. Dracula X offers a lot to see and one playthrough is often not enough to explore all of its wonders - the story and alternating routes are the places where Dracula X definitively shines. Sadly, and you all probably already know that, due to high demand (the actual game is not as rare as people may think), Akumajō Dracula X still goes for well over $100 a piece...

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