Castlevania: Bloodlines was released for the Sega Megadrive by Konami in 1993. It was the only Castlevania game ever released for the Megadrive.
In Bloodlines you can play as either John Morris (a Texan with a whip) or as Eric Lecarde (a Spaniard with a spear) and the aim is to fight your way through six different levels (Dracula’s castle in Romania; Athens, Greece; Pisa, Italy; a weapons factory in Germany; the Palace of Versailles in France; and a fictional castle, Proserpina, in England), and to destroy Dracula himself at the end of the game.
Bloodlines follows the tried and tested Metroidvania style of action game, with varied enemies and challenging platform sections, all bound together with spectacular special effects and gothic horror-based themes.
There are rising water levels where you have to keep climbing upwards or drown; breakable scenery; collapsing platforms; swinging pendulums; gems for powering-up special weapons; all manner of deadly traps, and amazing boss battles – featuring large, multi-jointed bosses who tend to hit very hard and have large health bars.
Castlevania: Bloodlines is littered with great touches like the reflections in the water; the upside down sections; and the Minotaurs breaking off bits of scenery to use as a weapon against you… Bloodlines definitely retains the mischievousness of the previous Castlevania games.
There’s a password system for continuing games and an option screen that allows you to choose the number of lives you start with, and also the difficulty level.
Castlevania: Bloodlines is another great game in the Castlevania series and a must-own title on the Sega Megadrive.