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Castlevania: Stairs of DOOM

Hack of Castlevania


This CV1 hack features completely revamped levels and some graphic and music edits. The main idea is to maximize space in rooms using clever ways such as crossing stairs (even stair mazes!), alternate paths, hidden shortcuts etc.

The difficulty of this hack is about the same as the original game at 1st quest and ramped up for 2nd one. Expect Grim Reaper and Dracula fights with Medusa heads spawning all around.

See the readme for more information.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania (U) (PRG1) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: 856114C8
  • MD5: 52EB3F7E2C5FC765AA71F21C85F0770E
  • SHA-1: 7A20C44F302FB2F1B7ADFFA6B619E3E1CAE7B546
  • SHA-256: C71BE6AC16E8EEA7F867CD5437AFD1449BEF7C4834EC4CA273CAFE2882EBFC46




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User Review Information

...Finally!!! A Decent CV1 ROM Hack!

Reviewed By: TheLuigiLightning on 03 Oct 2015

What I am reviewing today is the only decent Castlevania hack I’ve played through! For once, I’m not bogged down by horrid level design! It’s actually a pretty cool hack. Lots, and lots of stairs… in fact, stage 5 is basically a labyrinth of stairs!

Stage 1 is kind of forgettable, but it’s definitely a million times more well designed than every other attempt to hack it out there!

Stage 2 is quite challenging, actually. Maneuvering across the moving platforms can be pretty scary.

Stage 3, when I first tried this hack back in 2014, actually gave me a lot of trouble, but for some reason, in the playthrough I did last night, I did it without dying… yeah, I have no idea either.

Stage 4 was hard… out of everything, I had the most trouble with that tricky, steroid induced floating platform right at the beginning. All of the moving platforms were quite a challenge to maneuver across, and it’s very satisfying when you manage to get across. It was a great stage overall, but one question; where are all the STAIRS here? (Oh, they must have been transported and taken over seas to stage 5, because there a looooooot of stairs there).

Stage 5 starts off as a giant labyrinth of stairs, going up and down from two screens, and the stairs cross over each other, and it’s really cool. The 6th stage was, like the 1st stage, kind of forgettable, but then again, so was the 6th stage in Castlevania…

Why does the Dracula theme play for every boss, and the regular boss theme for Dracula??? That seems really weird to me. Whatever, I suppose it works…

This was a fun hack to play through. I mean, it’s not a GREAT hack, but it was decent. I’d give it 3 stars out of 5, but that’s not necessarily a low rating, because I would give every other hack I’ve played 2 or 1, and I wish there was such thing as a ZERO rating, just to give it to some of those CV1 hacks.

Congratulations, Alucard123, you’ve actually made me enjoy a Castlevania hack! You deserve props for that!

And now I can finally say that I recommend a Castlevania hack! I proudly provide a “Yes” to the recommended option!

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
labyrinth of stairsonepiecefan200731 Jul 20181.1Yes
...Finally!!! A Decent CV1 ROM Hack!TheLuigiLightning03 Oct 20151.1Yes