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A man armed with a whip ventures through Transylvania to rescue his new bride from the clutches of evil Count Dracula. The levels scroll in all directions and storybook and mythical monsters attack the player along the way. Mini-bosses and bosses provide major encumbrances.

Akumajou Dracula was produced by Konami in 1988.

Konami released 433 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Akumajou Dracula was produced include: Hyper Crash, Vs. Top Gun, Typhoon, Trick Trap, Track & Field (PlayChoice), '88 Games, Chequered Flag, Contra (PlayChoice), Crazy Cop, and Devastators

Akuma-Jou Dracula
Akuma-Jou Dracula


Name Akumajou Dracula
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6840
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
External Device O - Uses either a cassette drive or an audio CD drive.
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - AttackJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - Fix formatting

Game Introduction

A vampire hunter (supposeddly Simon Belmont of the Belmont clan) is about to get married. Unfortunaley, Count Dracula has kipnapped Simon's bride and now she is being forced to marry Dracula instead. Simon must reach Dracula's castle to rescue his bride before the unholy wedding begins.

Game Play

Like Konami's CastleVania series, the player controls a character -- presumably Simon Belmont -- who moves through the various stages and fights characters from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century monster stories. The most difficult title Konami ever designed in the CastleVania series. The game continues are limited and the stages require extreme mastery in order to progress.

After the player completes all six levels, a tape player in the cabinet plays a recorded conversation between Simon and Dracula, then the battle begins. Later versions of the game used an audio CD to play the conversation.

Akumajou Dracula KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

When fighting Frankensteins Monster, try moving in close to him and allow him to hit you towards him. Some times you will land in a spot where the monster can no longer hit your character.PThere is a random and rare powerup in the game that extends your life bar making the game much easier. The howto of obtaining this powerup is easy do nothing Just hope that youre lucky enough that the CPU grants you this extra energy this could actually be a bug.

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If the CastleVania series was a comic book, then this is the movie based on it. Coming out two years after the NES original, this game has similar gameplay to that of the original but with new items. Many sources might tell you that Haunted Castle is not part of the CastleVania series, but this is not the case at all. The Japanese version of Haunted Castle was called Akumajou Dracula, which is the name of the Japanese CastleVania series. The main character doesnt have any name, but it is believed to be Simon Belmont of the original CastleVania.


This game is based on the MSX2 and Famicom games of the same name, released outside of Japan under the titles of Vampire Killer and CastleVania respectively. This game was released in the US under the title of Haunted Castle.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Akumajou Dracula Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 5 known instances of this machine owned by Akumajou Dracula collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Akumajou Dracula circuit board set.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The machines with cassette drives use a SHARP Volt89 cassette tape. The ones with CD drives use a Sony 78 CD.

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