The Castlevania trilogy on the NES was very popular and original in many ways. However, there is debate as to whether or not Simon’s Quest was as good as the first and the third game. Most people agree that Castlevania 2 probably had the most variety out of the first three Castlevania games, being that it was the only one that was set up as a nonlinear RPG, similar to many great NES RPGs, like Final Fantasy or Zelda 2: Link’s Adventure.
What is it about this game that gives it such a reputation? We should consider the case of The Legend of Zelda. It was such a great open-world RPG classic, that Zelda 2 was looked down upon due to being a 2-D sidescroller and lacking the same feel. Not that it was a bad game, but it didn’t feel the same as The Legend of Zelda. Castlevania 2 shares the same problem. With Castlevania redefining platforming games, it made Castlevania 2 seem different.
When you start the game, you have no clue where to begin. You start off in the middle of a town, so your first instinct is to talk to the people to find out where to go or what to do. Unfortunately, they give you no help. So, when you leave the town, you go through forests and castles defeating enemies using your whip and other weapons. Like I said, you can’t deny the joy of the gameplay, but the biggest flaw of Castlevania 2 is the transitions from day to night.
"WHAT A HORRIBLE NIGHT TO HAVE A CURSE!" This is what the game tells you when it turns from day to night in a text box that takes forever! It gets very annoying how often this happens. The same thing happens when it turns back to day time except it says "THE MORNING SUN HAS VANQUISHED THE HORRIBLE NIGHT." This is a game-flow killer.
The enemies in the game definitely were not quite as hard as the first Castlevania, and it just feels like the game was rushed. A masterpiece that was unfinished. That’s what Castlevania 2 was. But with all of the flaws of this game, it is still a classic, and it still feels like a Castlevania game. However, there is one thing that I think everyone can agree on. The music in this game is tight. The music in all of the Castlevania games is among the best music video games offer. But even so, in my opinion Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest, is not the best of the franchise released on NES.