|Castlevania: Curse of Darkness|
|Released date(s)|| November 5, 2005|
November 24, 2005
February 17, 2006
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: Mature|
|Director(s)||Takashi Takeda, Koji Igarashi (Producer)|
|Composer(s)||Michiru Yamane, Yuka Watanabe|
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, known in Japan as Demon Castle Dracula: Curse of Darkness (悪魔城ドラキュラ 闇の呪印 Akumajō Dracula: Yami no Juin), is a console video game developed by Konami for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. It was produced by Koji Igarashi (a.k.a. IGA), who has worked on several other games in the Castlevania series, including Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. Also returning are series artist Ayami Kojima and composer Michiru Yamane.
According to Igarashi, Curse of Darkness is set in the year 1479, three years after the events of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, thus the third official chronological installment according to the Castlevania Timeline. Though defeated by vampire hunter Trevor Belmont, Dracula's curse continues to ravage the European countryside, spreading disease, mob violence, and heresy in its wake. Amidst all this devastation is Hector, a Devil Forgemaster who had formerly worked under the employ of Dracula but betrayed him sometime during the events of Castlevania III. Eventually growing disgusted with Dracula's brutal methods, Hector leaves Castlevania to live amongst humans, settling down to live a peaceful life. When Hector's fiance is accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake, Hector learns that her murder was directed by his fellow Forgemaster, Isaac. Seeking revenge, Hector chases his former colleague back to his old home, and back to the demonic life he believed he had left behind him.
- Main article: Castlevania: Curse of Darkness/Gallery
One of two devil forge masters who served Dracula and later defected. He is enraged with Isaac for the death of his beloved Rosaly. (Playable)
The man who defeated Dracula. He has returned to Valachia because he heard rumors of a Devil Forgemaster wreaking havoc across the land. (Playable, see Trevor Mode)
A witch who has survived the witch hunts. Helps out Hector by tending to his Innocent Devils and selling him goods.
The man who knows too much. He tries to dissuade Hector from pursuing Isaac.
The other devil forge master. He blames Hector's defection for Dracula's defeat at the hands of Trevor and company.
A priest who claims to seek the end of the curse and gives Hector clues as to Isaac's whereabouts. His true identity is Death.
He is gone, but he left a horrible curse across Europe. Final boss.
GameplayEditA 3D game like Lament of Innocence before it, Curse of Darkness is said to differ from its predecessor in a number of ways, including a more complex, action/adventure style of gameplay, much like Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow. As Hector is not a member of the Belmont clan, he will not be limited to the traditional "Vampire Killer" whip and will have the ability (much like Alucard and Soma Cruz) to equip a variety of different weapons. However, there is an extra gameplay mode after finishing the game that allows players to play as Trevor Belmont, equipped with the "Vampire Killer" and the classic subweapons (knife, holy water, axe, etc.).
Departing from the central hub level layout of Lament of Innocence, wherein the player chooses from a number of distinct stages all accessible from a central hallway, Curse of Darkness is said to be a more complete game world, with a complete castle map as in Symphony of the Night. However, the game still uses the same map engine as Lament of Innocence, rather than the square-based grid of 2-D Castlevanias. Furthermore, a noticeable difference in level design is that much of the game does NOT take place in Dracula's castle, but rather exploring forests, mountains, and villages in Europe. The player will be also aided by Innocent Devils (creatures developed by Hector himself), through the Devil Forgery skill, in order to defeat enemies and solve puzzles within the game. The Innocent Devils (commonly referred as I.D's) come in 6 different types.
- Fairy Type (An I.D. that supports Hector with healing.)
- Battle Type (An I.D. that utilizes physical and offensive attacks; Has the most heart points.)
- Bird Type (Flying I.D's that can engage aerial-type enemies.)
- Mage type (An I.D. that utilizes long distance attack magic.)
- Devil Type (A strong I.D. that utilizes powerful attacks.)
- Pumpkin Type (An I.D. meant for joke purpose;but do raise luck significantly.)
- Curse of Darkness (category)
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- Curse of Darkness Items(category)
- Curse of Darkness Locations (category)
- Curse of Darkness Bestiary
- Curse of Darkness Inventory
- Curse of Darkness Original Soundtrack
- Curse of Darkness Promo Soundtrack
- Curse of Darkness: Prelude of Revenge Soundtrack
- Prelude to Revenge Manga - A small prologue manga packaged with this game as a pre-order bonus
- Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Manga - A manga prequel to this game
- Dance Dance Revolution: SuperNOVA 2 - Contains a remix of Bloody Tears with Curse of Darkness scenes playing in the background.
- Official Koma - Comic panels associated with this game
- Castlevania Pachislot - A pachislot gambling game sequel to this game
- Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - This game is a direct sequel to Dracula's Curse
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence - The PS2 game made before this one, uses the same engine.
- Castlevania Best Music Collections BOX - Contains music from this game on Disk 12
- Bradygames Curse of Darkness Official Strategy Guide - US Official Strategy Guide
- Konami Akumajo Dracula: Yami no Juin Official Guide - Japan Official Strategy Guide
- This is the only Castlevania game where bats are not an enemy.
- There are many enemies in the game that have the same design but different colors and attacks such as:
Cyclops: Red Ogre
Skeleton Rider: Skeleton Trooper
Skeleton Blaze: Blaze Phantom, Blaze Master
Executioner: Iron Gladitor
Flea Man: Death ripper
Wizard: Dark Warlock, Necromancer
Orc: Orc Sniper, sniper Rapid
Lizardman: White gravial, lizard shaman
Lesser Demon: Flame Demon, Thunder Demon, Frost Demon.
- "Castlevania: Curse of Darkness." play Magazine. February 2005. pp. 18-22.
- Castlevania: Curse of Darkness at Castlevania Fan Wiki
- Game FAQs
- Official site at Konami (Japanese)
- Curse of Darkness entry at GameSpot, with preview screenshots and videos
- Curse of Darkness game walkthrough
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
|Hector - Trevor Belmont|
|Isaac - Dracula|
|Zead - Julia Laforeze - Saint Germain - Rosaly|
|Fairy Type - Battle Type - Bird Type - Mage type - Devil Type - Pumpkin Type|
|Crazy Armor - Wyvern - Skeleton Diver - Minotaurus - Dullahan - Death - Legion - Nuculais|
|Abandoned Castle - Baljhet Mountains - Garibaldi Temple - Mortvia Aqueduct - Forest of Jigramunt|
Cordova Town - Eneomaos Machine Tower - Aiolon Ruins - Infinite Corridor - Dracula's Castle
Tower of Eternity - Tower of Evermore
|Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Original Soundtrack - Curse of Darkness Promo Soundtrack|
|Bradygames Curse of Darkness Official Strategy Guide - Konami Akumajo Dracula: Yami no Juin Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Trevor Mode|
Prelude to Revenge - Comics