Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990)

by Christopher
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Traverse the haunted lands of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, guiding Trevor Belmont and his allies in a timeless battle against Dracula. This classic adventure challenges players to defeat the forces of darkness and cement their place as legends.


Embark on a perilous journey back in time to a period 100 years before Simon Belmont’s birth, to battle against Dracula and his menacing army. As Trevor Belmont, wielder of the Mystic Whip and forefather of the Belmont lineage, you face the ultimate challenge in thwarting Dracula’s nefarious plans.


Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the third installment in the renowned Castlevania video game series, is an action-adventure platform game developed and published by Konami. Released in Japan in 1989, North America in 1990, and Europe in 1992, the game is a prequel to the original Castlevania, set a few centuries before the events of the original game.

The game’s protagonist is Trevor C. Belmont, an ancestor of the original hero, Simon Belmont. The plot unfolds in the year 1476, when Count Dracula begins to ravage Europe with an army of monsters. The Belmont family of vampire hunters, once exiled from Wallachia, are called into action by the Church, as their own armies have met with defeat.

The people of Wallachia, fearing the Belmonts’ “super-human” power, had driven them out of the land. However, with Dracula threatening to engulf Europe in darkness, they are left with no choice but to call upon Trevor Belmont, the current wielder of the Vampire Killer whip.

The game’s narrative is non-linear, offering the player a choice of two branching paths to follow at several points throughout the game. Trevor can be assisted by one of three possible companions, and the player can obtain multiple endings depending on the choices they make throughout the game.

The game’s sixteen stages, referred to as blocks, are broken down into several sections. The second stage is an optional excursion for picking up one of the three partner characters, and the main branch occurs part way through the third stage. Each route contains a total of nine stages (ten if the player takes the optional second stage).

The upper route takes the player across the lake to the main bridge, entering Dracula’s castle through the front gate, while the lower route takes the player through a series of tunnels and caverns, leading to a climb up the cliff face below the castle. The lower route also features one short branching section of its own at stage 6. The two paths converge in the main hall of the castle.

Joining Trevor Belmont in his mission to defeat Dracula are three other heroes: Sypha Belnades, Grant Danasty, and Alucard. Trevor and his companions cross the Transylvanian countryside, defeat Dracula’s minions, and eventually defeat the Count himself.

Once his father is defeated, Alucard goes into a self-induced slumber, unable to cope with having fought his father. Grant Danasty oversees the reconstruction of Wallachia after the battle is finished. Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades marry once peace is restored in the region.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is a captivating prequel that takes players on a thrilling journey through a world teeming with monsters and peril. With its non-linear gameplay and multiple endings, it offers a unique and immersive gaming experience that continues to captivate players even decades after its release.


The game features Trevor Belmont, the brave warrior with the Mystic Whip; Grant DaNasty, the agile Ghost Pirate; Sypha Belnades, the Mystic Warlord with powerful spells; and Alucard, Dracula’s forsaken son with the ability to transform into a bat.


Castlevania III enhances the series’ formula with branching paths and multiple characters, offering varied playstyles and strategic depth. Players must master Trevor’s transformations and utilize each character’s unique skills to overcome obstacles, defeat bosses, and progress through the game’s numerous levels.


Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse stands as a landmark title in the Castlevania series and the platforming genre at large. Its legacy endures, celebrated for its ambitious design, captivating story, and the introduction of characters and mechanics that would shape the franchise’s future.

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