Lost In Translation/Haunted Castle

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Haunted Castle
Haunted Castle marquee.
No screen shot.
Haunted Castle control panel.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1988
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU KONAMI (@ 3.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
K007232 (@ 3.580 MHz)
YM3812 (@ 3.580 MHz)
K051649 (@ 1.790 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
256 x 224 pixels
59.00 Hz
128 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 13 ROMs
2,819,328 bytes (2.69 MiB)
MAME ID hcastle · hcastlej · hcastleo · hcastljo

About The Game

Haunted Castle is an arcade video game.

Dracula stole our hero's wife the day of the ceremony and so you must rescue her. Armed with your whip, fight classic horror monsters in this horizontal action game.


Released in February 1988.

This game is known in Japan as "Akumajou Dracula".

Haunted Castle IS part of the "Castlevania" series. However, as many games of this series, it is not part of the main storyline. The main character doesn't have any name, but it is believed to be Simon Belmont of the original "CastleVania".

King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 - K30X7705) on 05/08/1988. This album was reprinted (KCIA-2309) on 21/05/1993.

Tips and tricks

Combining 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 combine 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.


  1. Castlevania (1986, Nintendo Famicom Disk System; 1987, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  2. Vampire Killer (1986, MSX)
  3. Castlevania II - Simon's Quest (1988, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  4. Haunted Castle (1988, Arcade)
  5. Castlevania - The Adventure (1989, Nintendo Game Boy)
  6. Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse (1990, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  7. Castlevania II - Belmont's Revenge (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)
  8. Super Castlevania IV (1991, Super Nintendo)
  9. Akumajou Dracula (1993, Sharp X68000)
  10. Castlevania - Rondo of Blood (1993, PC-Engine CD)
  11. Castlevania - Bloodlines (1994, Sega Genesis)
  12. Castlevania - Dracula X (1995, Super Nintendo)
  13. Castlevania - Symphony of the Night (1997, Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn)
  14. Castlevania Legends (1997, Nintendo Game Boy)
  15. Castlevania (1998, Nintendo 64)
  16. Castlevania - Legacy of Darkness (1999, Nintendo 64)
  17. Castlevania Chronicles (2001, Sony PlayStation)
  18. Castlevania - Circle of the Moon (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  19. Castlevania - Harmony of Dissonance (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  20. Castlevania - Lament of Innocence (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)
  21. Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow (2003, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  22. Castlevania - Curse of Darkness (2005, Microsoft XBOX, Sony PlayStation 2)
  23. Castlevania - Dawn of Sorrow (2005, Nintendo DS)
  24. Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (2006, Nintendo DS)
  25. Castlevania - The Dracula X Chronicles (2007, Sony PSP)
  26. Castlevania - Order of Shadows (2007, Mobile)
  27. Castlevania - Order of Ecclesia (2008, Nintendo DS)
  28. Akumajou Dracula - The Arcade (2008, Arcade)
  29. Castlevania - Judgment (2008, Nintendo Wii)

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony Playstation 2 (2005, "Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono 15 - Akumajou Dracula")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Perfect Selection Dracula Battle KICA-1145[1] 1994-07-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Battle the Best KICA-1189[2] 1996-09-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K30X-7705[3] 1988-08-05 King Records CD version.
Castlevania Symphony of the Night Music Sampler SLUS-00067[4] 1997-01-01 Konami of America CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 KICA-2309[5] 1993-05-21 King Records CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K25H-4705[6] 1988-08-05 King Records Cassette version.
Dracula ~Music Collection~ VX010-J1[7] 1997-03-10 Konami CD version.
Classic in Game Music - Legend Compilation Series SCDC-00463[8] 2005-09-21 Scitron Discs CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K25G-7705[9] 1988-08-05 King Records Vinyl version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.