The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest is an excellent tongue-in-cheek homage to the classic NES era Castlevania games, which sees you attempting to resurrect Count Dracula so that you can kick his ass!
In The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest you take on the role of a vampire hunting hero called Simon Quest who has set out to slay Dracula. However, when he gets to Transylvania he finds that Stan Helsing has already slain him, chopped his body into five pieces and spread them across the land. It seems that the only thing for it is to gather the five body pieces and resurrect Dracula so that you can kill him again!
Sure, Simon Quest’s quest may be the most pointless one ever, but it sure is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of the classic NES era Castlevania games. The gameplay is quite similar to Konami’s classics, but your character has a nifty slide-jump attack ability and it seems that you’ll be able to unlock more abilities in the full game.
The world design in The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest is also similar to the NES era Castlevania games but it’s set in a large open world that you can explore freely. There are areas that you can’t reach without certain equipment, but in general it feels much more like an action RPG than a metroidvania. There are also friendly towns you can visit, it has a day/night cycle, you can complete quests for NPCs, you can purchase equipment from shops and you can even do a spot of fishing.
It’s a great game that retains the classic Castlevania gameplay and visual style, yet manages to update it in some fun and interesting ways. There are a few falling to your death frustrations that will be familiar to anyone who’s played a classic Castlevania game before, but on the whole it works incredibly well. There’s a lot to discover in it’s beautiful 8-bit styled world as you embark on the dumbest quest ever! Highly recommended.