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Vampire Killer
Box artwork for Vampire Killer.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platform
System(s) MSX2
Players 1
Series Castlevania
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Vampire Killer is a computer game created by Konami in 1986. It is the second Castlevania game in the series, one of the games for the MSX2 computer, and it's an adaption of the original Castlevania game.

Vampire Killer is seen as unique in the early Castlevania series for containing several features that weren't seen in other games that were intended to be remakes of the original game. For example, to progress in the game, it is necessary to acquire "skeleton keys" hidden in the several rooms within the game's castle, in order to open doors to other rooms. Other keys also have to be found in order to open treasure chests containing useful items, such as shields for protection and speed boots. Merchants can be found along the way (often by breaking open walls with the whip) who sell items to the player. While containing considerably different gameplay than the original Castlevania, both games share most of the same background settings, enemies and music.

The unique gameplay features from Vampire Killer were reintroduced to the Castlevania series with Castlevania II: Simon's Quest in 1988 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in 1997. As with many other MSX titles such as Metal Gear and Contra, the action takes place one screen at a time in a fashion similar to the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES.


The game's premise is the same seen on many Castlevania games. Simon Belmont ventures inside Castlevania to defeat Count Dracula and restore peace in the land of Transylvania. He fights his way through hordes of monsters, wielding only a whip.

Table of Contents


editCastlevania series

First chapter and retellings: Castlevania · Vampire Killer · Haunted Castle · Super Castlevania IV  · Castlevania Chronicles

Main universe: 2: Simon's Quest · 3: Dracula's Curse · Bloodlines · Harmony of Dissonance · Lament of Innocence · Curse of Darkness · Portrait of Ruin · Order of Ecclesia · Harmony of Despair · Judgment

Legend of Dracula sub-series: 1: The Adventure · 2: Belmont's Revenge

Castlevania X sub-series: Rondo of Blood · Dracula X · Symphony of the Night · The Dracula X Chronicles

Sorrow sub-series: Aria of Sorrow · Dawn of Sorrow

Alternate universe: Castlevania Legends · Circle of the Moon

Apocalypse sub-series (alt. univ.): Castlevania 64 · Legacy of Darkness

Kid Dracula spin-off series: Akumajou Special: Boku Dracula-kun · Kid Dracula

Reboot: Lords of Shadow · Mirror of Fate · Lords of Shadow 2