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Box artwork for Vampire Killer.
Box artwork for Vampire Killer.
Vampire Killer
Year released1986
System(s)MSX2, Wii U
Preceded byCastlevania
Followed byCastlevania II: Simon's Quest
Japanese title悪魔城ドラキュラ
ModesSingle player
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Vampire Killer is a game created by Konami in 1986 for the MSX2 computer. It is the second game in the Castlevania series, and is a reimagining of the original Castlevania's plot.

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 Silver Keys hidden in the several rooms within the game's castle, in order to open doors to other Stages and boss 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, as the MSX computers could not handle smooth scrolling gameplay.

The game's premise is the same as those of most retellings of the original Castlevania: 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 the Vampire Killer whip and a number of other weapons.

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