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Castlevania: Spectral Interlude, a vampire game you can sink your fangs into

February 17, 2015

Remember the days of the late 1980s, a time when 2D games were shining their brightest? Simon's Quest for the 8-bit Nintendo NES console took the Castlevania series into a new direction, and one that as few fans weren't too sure about. It introduced the concept of night and day changes in the game, and made enemies both weaker and stronger depending on just that.

It also added a  blend of RPG game elements to the mix and gave the player a rather non-linear experience from the original vampire hit. Well, it's time to bring back the old and give it a few touches here and there with Castlevania: Spectral Interlude, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum game that was initially started out as a remake title of Simon's Quest, but took a slightly different turn and ended up as a different game, although keeping the traditional game elements intact.

For those not in the know, the ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer that was released in the United Kingdom by the Sinclair Research Ltd group back in 1982, and introduced three different memory models in 16K, 48K, and 128K respectively. Model +2 came with a "Data Recorder" tape drive, while model +3 possessed a 3" floppy drive as a replacement. The CPU is based upon a Zilog Z80A processor running a 3.5MHZ clock speed.

Five million units were sold when the Spectrum launched over three decades ago, and that number doesn't include the many clones floating around. Check out the full Wiki page of the Sinclair Spectrum for more details.

As for the new Castlevania game, you will need to be in possession of the system itself, or use an emulator to run it on your PC or Android mobile device. You can also check out the official page for it where you can sample some of the music tracks from the game, and if you like it, you can also make a donation to help support future projects like this one.

Spectral Interlude contains over 150 game screens, upgrade elements, 12 song tracks, and two difficulty levels to boot. Since the files are public domain I will host them here as well. The three versions support English, Polish, and Russian languages. The video below is a demonstration play through to showcase what you can expect.

English Version

Polish Version

Russian Version

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