Castelian (NES)

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Castelian
Castelian - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: B.I.T.S.
Buy: Amazon

Castelian is a Nintendo port of the computer game Tower Toppler. In this game, you play as Julius, who looks like a green pig, but the game calls the 'Anurian Hybrid'. In Japan, the game was released as 'Kyoro Chan Land' where you play as Kyoro Chan, a parrot/bird from the Morinaga chocolate candy in Japan called ChocoBall. Some of the sprites were changed, and there was a four-letter password system implemented. This game is one of the rarest Famicom games.

Your character Julius lives in the town of Jemmerville where there are many types of precious diamonds. One day in his sleep, a hologram tells him that the governor witnessed seven towers built around the city by unknown aliens, and that if another one is built, the aliens will have taken over the city. As Julius wakes up and starts to say something, the hologram disappears. It is Julius' job to get to the top of each tower and demolish it once he reaches the top. Julius has infinite health. Sound easy? It's not. The time limit is your worst enemy, if you make even very little mistakes, you won't get to the top in time. You are avoiding enemies while constantly trying to avoid Roving Hexalons, which spawn at random points and try to knock you off the tower. The game is known for it's 3D-looking effects, but the game is known to be bad due to its ridiculous difficulty. Even the first level is really tough. Castelian was later ported to the GameBoy. The game was developed by only four staff members at B.I.T.S.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Entering the level...

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Trying to get to the top.

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The bonus game between the castles.

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Game over.

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A one screen ending for all your troubles.

Music

There's barely any music in the game, and what's there is okay, but not all that great. The game makes you either have music off and sound on or sound off and music on throughout the entire game. The music is composed by David Whittaker, though he arranged the original title music from the computer versions which was composed by John Phillips. Whittaker programmed the music using his own sound driver. The music is tuned at 449.2 Hz, though, the hertz rate is supposed to be lower since the music is really supposed to be in PAL format.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title John PhillipsDavid Whittaker 1:40
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02 Between Castles David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 4:53
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03 Get Ready David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:02
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04 Game Over David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:02
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05 Ending David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:17
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Credits

(Sources: USA, Europe, Japan)

There are only slight differences between the regions' credits screens. The USA version credits Triffix as the publisher while the European credits The Sales Curve instead as well as having a slightly taller screen. The Japanese version is written in reddish-pink text instead of green.

Game Rip

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Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Castelian
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-06-??
Publisher: Triffix Entertainment
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: キョロちゃんランド (Kyoro-Chan Land)
Platform: FC
Released: 1992-12-11
Publisher: Hiro
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Castelian
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-??-??
Publisher: Storm Sales Curve

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