Haunted Castle (Arcade) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / July 3rd, 2017

James Rolfe and Mike Matei play Haunted Castle! In 1988, Konami released “Haunted Castle” in arcades. The Japanese title was actually Akumajō Dracula or “Devil’s Castle Dracula.” Which is the Japanese name for the Castlevania series in Japan. One of the hardest games we have tried!


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  • fonzman

    July 3, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Easy logic: the moment you put a quarter in, you get your health filled up. What you did was putting in 90 quarters at once, maxing it out, without the need for health.

  • NashKnight

    July 3, 2017 at 8:39 am

    This is a good game but tough as nails

  • Matt

    July 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    The quasi-complaint about not getting sent back after you die reminds me of the comparative joke you did in a Nerd episode about dying on a Goomba in Mario and having the game spawn you immediately in front of the same Goomba.

  • July 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

    3…2…1… Have a nice day. Thank you!
    Another pay-to-win arcade game :'(
    I think usually japanese games are toned down in difficulty when released here. It’s true with rpg anyway. I forget, but they call our FF Easy Final Fantasy, because theirs need much more grinding.

    • NashKnight

      July 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Almost all of the arcade game are beatable with just one quarter, it’s just that you have to be REALLY good at them. It’s only pay-to-win if you’re bad.

      • July 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

        Yes for sure. Although, I remember also arcade games that gave you unavoidable cheap death, forcing you to put another one in.

  • NashKnight

    July 3, 2017 at 10:22 am


    * Combinding Credits : If you’ve ever played Haunted Castle, then you know that you are only allowed 3 continues throughout the game. And since you only get One Life per credit, it makes for a hard game. But if you have four credits in the game and hit the player one start button four times you will combined all four credits together giving you a huge life bar. Making this game a lot easier to play. Only trouble is, if you die, it will be game over because you will have used up all 3 of your continues making your Life Bar bigger.

  • Zaphod

    July 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    You guys should play the X68000 Castlevania game. It’s pretty easy to get a hold of because it was released as Castlevania Chronicles on the PSX.

  • ssokolow

    July 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The MSX:

    Basically, while North America got the Commodore 64, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and elsewhere got a standard that multiple companies made hundreds of models of machines for. (Think “Like IBM PC-compatible”, but for C64-era stuff.)

    Clint from Lazy Game Reviews did a great little history piece and hardware review that even includes a snip of Vampire Killer gameplay in the montage of example worthwhile games:


  • megajef

    July 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    How is putting in quarters to refill your health any worse then the other arcade games you guys play with infinity continues for quarters? This is the why I don’t like arcade games on consoles or ‘free play’

  • Fresh Step

    July 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    back then (circa 1987) i believe Japanese machines of all types (arcade, coffee machine, soda, etc.) took 100 yen pieces. (Today that is about 0.88 USD)

  • Blutspan

    July 4, 2017 at 1:12 am

    So… comments are disappearing again?

    • Blutspan

      July 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

      As in… never appearing at all.

      • Blutspan

        July 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

        I guess only the shorter ones work?

      • Blutspan

        July 4, 2017 at 1:18 am

        Recommendation: Crash Bandicoot 1 (PS1).

      • Blutspan

        July 4, 2017 at 1:19 am

        Much harder than other two.

  • Pablo1989

    July 4, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Hey James & Mike Have you enjoy pinball games? I mean those real not video game versions.

    In my country there are TWO Pinball museums if you like it give it try visit them 😀
    There are located in those cities Krakov & Warsaw

  • bzrro20

    July 5, 2017 at 12:48 am

    It’s the instruction manual for Haunted Castle arcade machine.
    To change the difficulty and the amount of health taken away when taking damage, change dip switch no. 2 settings, both switches 4 and 5, to the off position for easy difficulty, dip switch no. 2 settings, both switches 6 and 7, to the off position, the strength of the player is strong, and dip switch no. 3 settings, switch 4 off, to be able to continue up to 3 times.
    Just thought I would make your lives just a bit easier

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