A Swedish homebrew coder has just released a version of Castlevania for the Atari 2600
Not really a conversion of the MSX 2 and Famicom Disk System original – which went on to enjoy most popularity on the NES, Castlevania 2600 is actually a ROM hack of another Konami game called Roc ‘N Rope, which was ported for the console around 1984.
Playing the legendary vampire hunter Simon Belmont, you must collect all the pick-ups that are scattered around the level and then safely reach the exit to progress to the next stage.
Out to stop you are re-spawning monsters, and these must be carefully avoided, or temporary subdued with your whip, as you make your way up the platforms using a grappling hook.
Given the gameplay and theme, the game actually has more in common with Konami’s obscure Famicom Disk System game Arumana No Kiseki than Castlevania, but hey, we’re not ones to ever look a fun gift demake in the mouth.
If you’re a fan of the series then be sure to check it out. The author, who calls himself Rabbit 2600 on the Atari Age forums, has posted a download link to the ROM on the website, which can be found here.