Inverted Dungeon Game Reviews

Editor's Note: Some games are listed but, due to their relative availablity, do not currently have reviews. As copies are attained (if they ever are), reviews will be posted.

Hopefully, in exploring the Inverted Dungeon, you have at least an inkling of what the Castlevania series is about: heroes go into a castle, armed with just a whip and a minimal amount of armor (leather skirts being the norm -- Simon has nice legs and likes to show them off), and battle through a gauntlet of pain to take out Dracula and save the world from evil.

From that simple description has come a long running series of games. For those of you new to the series though, you may be wondering just what games are worth playing, and which ones are better read about (and otherwise avoided).

As a service, we at the Inverted Dungeon have taken the time to review the games in the series. Read along, and find out all about the games in the Castlevania series.

Note: As a U.S.-based site, release dates reflect U.S. release dates. Games are arranged by their U.S. release dates (unless they were never ported to the States). Remakes and re-releases are organized as supplemental content under the original titles.

The Original Series and Related Spin-offs

Lords of Shadow Series

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010, Microsoft XBox 360 & Sony Playstation 3)
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (2013, Nintendo 3DS)
    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD (2013, Microsoft XBox 360 & Sony Playstation 3)
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (2014, Microsoft XBox 360 & Sony Playstation 3)

Gambling Machines

These games are Japan-only releases that are unlikely to ever make it to the West. Effectively gambling mahcines for pachinko parlors, these aren't what we'd really consider traditional Castlevania games in any stretch of the term, and aren't really something you can review in a normal sense. If they're ever, somehow, brought to the U.S. so that we can play them, some information will eventually be posted, but for now, these are more curiosities than anything else.

  • Akumajo Dracula: The Medal (2008 JPN, Arcade)
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula (2009 JPN, Arcade)
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula II (2010 JPN, Arcade)
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula III (2010 JPN, Arcade)
  • CR Pachinko Akumajo Dracula (2015 JPN, Arcade)

Other Games

These games are not only outside of any official continuity, but also were developed by companies other than Konami. They feature characters from the Castlevania series in entires far outside the official series.

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Nintendo Switch)