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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
North American cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Designer(s) H. Akamatsu[1]
Composer(s) Kenichi Matsubara[2]
Series Castlevania
Platform(s) Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, Virtual Console
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: E
PEGI: 7+
Media Floppy disk (FDS)
2-megabit cartridge (NES)
System requirements PC
Intel Pentium, Windows 95, 16MB RAM, 10MB free hard drive space, 2X CD-ROM drive, DirectX 8.0
Input methods FDS and NES Controller, Keyboard, Joystick, Wii Remote

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (ドラキュラII 呪いの封印 Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin, ? "Dracula II: The Seal of the Curse")[7] is an action-adventure game produced by Konami. It was originally released for the Family Computer Disk System in Japan 1987 and for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in 1988. It is the second Castlevania title released for the NES, following the original Castlevania. Set sometime after the events of the first installment, the player once again assumes the role of vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who is on a journey to undo a curse placed on him by Count Dracula at the end of their previous encounter.



When night time occurs in Simon's Quest, Simon encounters a larger quantity of stronger enemies.

The gameplay departs from the standard platforming genre of the first Castlevania, and instead uses an exploration system. Simon, controlled by the player, can travel to towns and dungeons.[8][9] Some RPG elements are included in the game—Simon can talk with townspeople who will offer vague clues or lies.[8] He can also go to merchants who will sell items, either for fighting enemies or for traversing to unreachable areas. In order to pay for them, he must collect hearts, which are dropped by defeated enemies.[8][10] In addition to the ordinary items in Simon's inventory, he can also purchase new whips in a few locations of the game. He begins with a standard Leather Whip, and can upgrade to stronger ones with each new purchase.[10][11]

Simon's Quest has an Experience Rating system, also found in role-playing games. Simon's Experience Rating is raised by also collecting hearts.[8][10] After he finds a sufficient amount of them, his level will rise and his maximum health will increase.[8] Each time his level rises, the required amount of hearts for the next level also increases.[8]

Simon's Quest has a night and day function, where the period of time in the game can change between daytime and nightfall.[11] Each sequence lasts a few minutes before the next transition, and they have a prominent effect on the game and Simon's encounters. During the day, the enemies outside of towns in the game are less strong and occurrent. At night time, they appear more often and do more damage to Simon's life points.[11] But when defeated, they give more hearts in compensation.[8][10] The townspeople and merchants in their respective locations are no longer available to talk to during night time, and are replaced by enemies called zombies.[11][12]

Despite the departure from the previous game, there are elements from it that have remained.[13] This includes the Magic Weapons, which are secondary weapons to Simon's whip. Each of them have a different use.[10] Like most games in the series, some of these require the usage of hearts. One of them returning from Castlevania is the Holy Water, a small glass which can disintegrate walls that conceal hidden items.[10] Some Magic Weapons from the previous game do not return, but there are also new ones that make their first appearance in Simon's Quest. One of them is the Diamond, which bounces off any walls surrounding Simon, and damages any enemies.[10]

The objective of the game is to travel to the five mansions to find the body parts of Dracula's corpse, and an item known as the Magic Cross.[8] The body parts can be utilized to support Simon in the game. For example, the Rib Bone can be used as a shield to block any projectile attacks fired from an enemy.[9][14] After finding all of the required items, this will allow Simon to clear the blockade in front of Dracula's castle, and fight the last boss.[8]


Castlevania series fictional chronology

1094 - Lament of Innocence
1476 - Dracula's Curse
1479 - Curse of Darkness
1591 - The Adventure (ReBirth)
1606 - Belmont's Revenge
1600s - Order of Shadows
1691 - Castlevania (Vampire Killer, Super, Chronicles)
1698 - Simon's Quest
1748 - Harmony of Dissonance
1792 - Rondo of Blood
1797 - Symphony of the Night
1800s - Order of Ecclesia
1830 - Circle of the Moon
1844 - Legacy of Darkness
1852 - Castlevania (Nintendo 64)
1917 - Bloodlines
1944 - Portrait of Ruin
2035 - Aria of Sorrow
2036 - Dawn of Sorrow

Alternate timeline and/or universe
Lords of Shadow

The manual explores the game's prologue, where Simon is visited by an unknown woman at his family's cemetery.

The game's setting takes place seven years after the original Castlevania.[15] According to the story details in the instruction manual for the Japanese version, the prologue begins when Simon visits his family's resting ground. His back is critically injured from his last encounter with Dracula in the previous game.[15] He suddenly feels someone's presence, and turns to see a young woman standing within the mist. She tells him that a curse was placed upon him by Dracula during their last battle, and that he does not have long to live. The woman continues to say that the curse can be undone if he resurrects Dracula himself.[16] She further explains that Dracula's body was split into five different parts after his defeat seven years ago, and Simon must recover these and bring them to the ruins of Dracula's castle. There, he must seal Dracula and defeat him. But before disappearing, the unknown woman says she cannot guarantee that this will destroy Dracula permanently.[16]

After Simon defeats Dracula in the game, there are three possible endings which are received based on the time the player took to finish it.[14] Two of them are scenarios where Simon sustains fatal injuries from the confrontation with Dracula, and dies.[17]


Simon's Quest was directed by H. Akamatsu, who was later credited with the programming and directing of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse on the NES.[18] It was released on the FDS on August 28, 1987 in Japan. It was eventually made for the NES and released in North America on December 1, 1988, and in Europe on April 27, 1990. Because of hardware differences between the FDS and NES, there were changes between the versions designed for both consoles.[19] The FDS version of Simon's Quest featured a save system, as did other FDS games did at the time. The NES version instead used a password function to return to specific sequences from the game.[19] The maximum amount of data for the FDS version was only 1-megabit. Because the data for the NES cartridge was bigger, the developers took advantage of this and improved the music quality for the game, and also changed other effects like the instruments.[19]

Other changes included some of the text found in the game, most of it being from the endings. The endings for Simon's Quest on the FDS contained spelling and grammatical errors, known as Engrish.[19] One of them was "Simmon Belmont". The ending credits also have similar errors, citing the developers of the game for unusual roles. For example, Akamatsu was credited for "Invincibility". This was corrected for the NES versions.[19]

Information such as official artwork for Simon's Quest has been lost since its release. Most of the original art for it and early Castlevania titles were lost during the Great Hanshin Earthquake.[20]


Akumajō Dracula Best Vol. 1
Soundtrack by Kinuyo Yamashita, Kenichi Matsubara, Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi & Yukie Morimoto
Released March 21, 1990 (Japan)
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 1:04:00

The game's soundtrack was composed by Kenichi Matsubara, who previously created music for the Castlevania arcade title, Haunted Castle.[2] Some of Matsubara's songs from Haunted Castle were also composed for Simon's Quest.[21][22] The most significant is Bloody Tears, which became a recurring song in the Castlevania series since.[14] Bloody Tears also introduced a motif to Castlevania, which included statues or portraits of a person crying tears of blood in the graphics. In some instances, the song has accompanied this element in the series.[23]

The album Akumajō Dracula Best Vol. 1 was released on March 20, 1990 with the catalog number KICA-1005,[22] and a bonus sticker.[24] It was rereleased on September 23, 1998 with the catalog number KICA-7901.[22] It included the FDS version of Simon's Quest's music, and three bonus tracks from the NES version. The disc also includes the audio from Castlevania and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, covering 33 tracks altogether and a total duration of 1:04:00.[22] Some reviewers of Simon's Quest have praised Matsubara's compositions, mentioning Bloody Tears for remaining a favorite among fans of the series.[14][25] GameSpy stated all of the music is "incredible", and noted it for being one of the first appearances of "classics like The Silence of Daylight".[26]

Track listing


The cover of issue #2 of Nintendo Power prompted telephone complaints from parents, who claimed it scared their children.
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameStats 7.7 out of 10[27] (NES)
7.3 out of 10[28] (VC)
TopTenReviews 2.1000 out of 4[29]
Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame 4 of 5[30]
GameSpot 6.5 of 10[31]
GameTrailers 7.5 of 10[32]
IGN 7.0 of 10[25]
RPGamer 3.5 of 5[13]

Upon its release, Simon's Quest received strong publicity in the second issue of Nintendo Power. Its front page had a costumed model dressed as Simon Belmont, holding Dracula's severed head. This cover provoked many telephone complaints from parents of children who purchased the magazine.[33] They told Nintendo Power that it gave their children nightmares. Nintendo Power still remembers this, and it was covered in volume 50 of the magazine, which cited it as their worst cover.[33] Simon's Quest was also referenced in a following issue in a Howard and Nester comic strip.[34]

The game garnered positive reviews following its release, and received the reputation of a Nintendo classic over time.[35] It has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 on the popular gaming community, GameFAQs.[36] Gaming website, IGN, cited Simon's Quest as the "perfect game to play during 1989". It praised it for its theme of exploration, and acknowledged how it evolved recent titles of the series.[25] RPGamer noted it for being a "a very rough blueprint for some amazing games to come".[13] Numerous statements about the game also laud its graphical and audio presentation. Reviewers have remarked that it is "absolutely amazing", and have complimented its visuals for being an improvement over the first Castlevania.[25]

Simon's Quest was not without its criticism. A common complaint about the game was its English localization. The clues offered by the NPCs in the game were criticised for being too cryptic and poorly translated.[25] The current producer of Castlevania, Koji Igarashi, revealed in an interview that all the NPCs in the Japanese version were deliberate liars.[37] GameSpot said that the subtle hints from the Japanese version were lost in translation. An infamous line of dialogue they gave as an example was "hit Deborah Cliff with your head to make a hole".[31] Active Gaming Media went further describing where and how the Japanese hint was lost.[38] Further criticism also stemmed from some of the game's puzzles, which reviewers have noted for not having any clues at all.[13] Complaints were made towards a scenario from the game where Simon must summon a tornado in a graveyard.[31] mentioned the game required a walkthrough because of its non-explanatory nature.[35]


Simon's Quest was the first game in the Castlevania series to depart from linear gameplay, and instead feature a non-linear explorative world, which has been compared to Nintendo's famous Metroid series.[39] The game's exploration system and ideas introduced adventure elements to the series for the first time, and it would heavily influence future titles.[20] The first game that drew inspiration from it was Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.[40] The plot of Simon's Quest would also be directly referenced in future Castlevania titles. In the Game Boy Advance entry, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, the protagonist recounts when his grandfather Simon had to search for Dracula's body parts. In the game, the player must also find them again.[41]

Simon's Quest saw several merchandise following its release. In 1988, Tiger Electronics released a handheld game and an LCD wristwatch based on Simon's Quest.[42][43] Promotional collector's cards were also available exclusively in Japan. They were based on sequences in the game, such as Simon's encounters with enemies.[44] Worlds of Power, a series of books with stories based on Nintendo games, also had a novel about Simon's Quest.[45] In 2007, when Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles was released, a figurine of Simon's appearance from Simon's Quest was included as a pre-order bonus.[46]

On November 16, 2002, Simon's Quest was a part of Castlevania and Contra: Konami Collector's Series in North America, a PC port of original Konami games.[5] In an exclusive fan interview for the official Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow strategy guide, Koji Igarashi was asked about possible ports of previous Castlevania titles. In response, he considered the possibility of a compilation of the NES titles, which includes Simon's Quest.[47]

See also


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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Box artwork for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Japanese title ドラキュラII呪いの封印
Release date(s)
Famicom Disk System
Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii Virtual Console, GameTap
ESRB: Everyone (VC)
PEGI: Ages 7+ (VC)
OFLC: General
Preceded by Castlevania
Followed by Castlevania: The Adventure
Series Castlevania
For the Game Boy game, see Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge.

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin in Japan) features Simon Belmont in a new adventure, taking place in 1698, seven years after the events of the first Castlevania. This game has significantly different gameplay than the original, and is much more like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Faxanadu. You will be exploring towns, talking to people for clues, finding and purchasing new weapons and items, and so on. You also have free movement around the world, rather than progressing through each level, one at a time, never looking back. The game also introduces a day/night system, where ever couple of minutes it changes from one to the other. At night the enemies are twice as strong, but give twice as many hearts (your "money"), and while town streets are crowded with people during the day, at night the shops are closed and zombies roam the streets.

Unfortunately certain gameplay elements were implemented poorly and many hints were excessively vague and/or badly translated (or so players/critics thought), so Simon's Quest was received poorly by critics and Castlevania fans alike. Some years later, though, a programmer who worked on the game revealed that the townspeople in the game were made to be deliberate liars in an effort to make the game more difficult.

As a result of the negative reception, future Castlevania games would follow the style of the original for years. It wasn't until Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was released that the series would re-adopt many of the elements of Simon's Quest.


Seven years ago, Simon Belmont defeated Count Dracula (this was the story of the original Castlevania). Before dying, Dracula put a curse on Simon, so that he would too would die if Dracula was not resurrected soon. The only way to break the curse would be to find Dracula's five remaining body parts, which had been scattered throughout the land. If the parts were brought together and burnt on an alter in Dracula's castle, the curse would be lifted and Simon could live out the rest of his natural life in peace.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Controls
  • Locations
  • Items
  • Characters and enemies
  1. Berkeley Mansion
  2. Rover Mansion
  3. Braham Mansion
  4. Bodley Mansion
  5. Laruba Mansion
  6. Dracula's Castle
  • Passwords
  • Endings

External links

editCastlevania series

Canon: Lament of Innocence · Dracula's Curse · Curse of Darkness · The Adventure · Belmont's Revenge · Castlevania · Simon's Quest · Harmony of Dissonance · Rondo of Blood · Symphony of the Night · Order of Ecclesia · Bloodlines · Portrait of Ruin · Aria of Sorrow · Dawn of Sorrow

Non-canon: Castlevania Legends · Castlevania 64 · Legacy of Darkness · Circle of the Moon

Remakes & Collections: Castlevania Chronicles · Dracula X · The Dracula X Chronicles · Super Castlevania IV · Vampire Killer

Simple English

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Designer(s) H. Akamatsu[1]
Composer(s) Kenichi Matsubara[2]
Series Castlevania
Platform(s) Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Famicom Disk System
JP August 28 1987[3]
Nintendo Entertainment System
NA December 1, 1988[4]
EUR April 27 1990[4]
NA November 16, 2002
Virtual Console
EUR October 19, 2007[5]
AUS October 19, 2007
NA October 29, 2007[5]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: E
PEGI: 7+
Media Floppy disk (FDS)
2-megabit cartridge (NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, known in Japan as Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin (ドラキュラII呪いの封印 Dorakyura Tsū: Noroi no Fūin?, lit. "Dracula II: The Accursed Seal")[6], is an action-adventure video game made by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System game console. It's a part of the Castlevania series and a sequel to the NES' Castlevania.


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