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Haunted Castle Haunted Castle - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Haunted Castle - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


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.

Haunted Castle 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 Haunted Castle was produced include: Hyper Crash, Vs. Top Gun, Typhoon, Trick Trap, Track & Field (PlayChoice), '88 Games, Akumajou Dracula, Chequered Flag, Contra (PlayChoice), and Crazy Cop


Name Haunted Castle
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8089
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Haunted Castle Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Whip/WeaponJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Haunted Castle Control Panel Image

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.

Haunted Castle KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.12 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.07

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 3.00
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.50
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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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 you are 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 IHaunted CastleI is not part of the CastleVania series, but this is not the case at all.PThe Japanese version of IHaunted CastleI was called IAkumajou DraculaI, which is the name of the Japanese CastleVania series. The main character does not have any name, but it is believed to be Simon Belmont of the original CastleVania.

Cabinet Information

The side art shows a skeleton standing in a graveyard with a castle in the distance. The control panel overlay is primarily blue and black and shows a close up of a castle.


COPY OF IAkumajou DraculaI

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Haunted Castle Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Common - There are 31 known instances of this machine owned by Haunted Castle collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 21 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Haunted Castle machine for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Haunted Castle circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Haunted Castle. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Haunted Castle boards sets.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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



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