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Arrows: move. Enter: jump. Space: attack. Enter + up: fire special weapon.
Awards won by Castlevania:
- Selected for All-TIME 100 video games TIME.com.
Input: joystick, keyboard
Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk
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- dieymir - 27/07/2020 08:52Use command line argument 'ADL' to enable Adlib sounds. Ctrl+B toggles Background Music and Ctrl+E toggles Sound Effects.
- Bjorn - 11/07/2020 09:23You can get Adlib music to work in this game. It seems, by all the youtube videos I've seen, that most people don't know this.
It doesn't surprise me, because I haven't found any "official" way to activate it. I suspect it might be a commandline switch, or perhaps you need to generate a config file of some kind... not sure.
But there is an easy fix: just rename to AD.DRV file to PC.DRV (make a backup first of course). Voila. It certainly less excrutiating than PC speaker music.
There does not seem to be any sound effects though, but that might just be a by-product of this kludge.
Also, like so many rushed PC ports of the time, the interface and controls are a bit baffling. I've worked out so far that ctrl plus certain keys do things like save, quit and turn things like music and sound on and off. It took me a little while to find out how to fire the secondary weapon, but it's up+space. Seems to be a bit dicey though, but that may have to do with the dosbox settings I was using.
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