Friday, May 21st, 2010
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a 2D action-adventure game developed and published by Konami in 1997. Its Japanese title is Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku (悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲,? officially translated as Devil’s Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight). It is the 13th installment of the Castlevania series, the first installment released for the PlayStation and is a direct sequel to Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo.
Symphony of the Night was an important milestone of the Castlevania series. It steered the series away from the standard level-by-level platforming formula of older titles and introduced a new style of open-ended gameplay mixed with RPG-like elements that would be emulated by most of its successors. A similar, earlier form of this type of gameplay existed in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. The development of these features can be attributed to Koji Igarashi, the game’s director and one of the team’s newest members. Igarashi, a noted fan of 2D games,was instrumental in refining the game’s control scheme. His primary motivation for the abrupt design change was seeing dozens of Castlevania games in the “used” bargain bin in Japanese video game stores, as linear Castlevania games offered limited replay value after completion. He also established an official Castlevania canon, in an attempt to tie up several loose ends in the series’ time line during Symphony of the Night.Other notable staff include character designer Ayami Kojima and composer Michiru Yamane.