Castelian (NES)

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Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1991
Developer: B.I.T.S.
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series, see Tower Toppler.

Castelian is a Nintendo port of the computer game Tower Toppler. The game's title is a play on the Spanish term Castillian. In this game, you play as Julius, 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. Sounds 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 must avoi enemies while constantly trying to avoid the Roving Hexalons, which spawn at random points and try to knock you off the tower. Julius can also be defeated if he falls off the tower into the clouds below.

The game is known for its pseudo-3D effects, but the game received a bad reputation from critics due to its ridiculous difficulty. Even the first level is really tough. Castelian was later ported to the Game Boy. The game was developed by only four staff members at B.I.T.S.


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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.


Castelian has a short soundtrack. The title music is taken from the computer versions, which were composed by John Phillips, and arranged for the NES by David Whittaker. David also added a few songs of his own. The main problem with the game's audio is that there is barely any music; The game gives the player the option of having only sound effects or music, but not both. This means if the player leaves the sound effects by default, the stages are mostly stark silence with the occasional sound effect playing once in a while. However, the bonus stages play music by default. If the music is turned on, then the title music will play in each stage.

Something interesting to note is the game's title and bonus stage themes are swapped in the Japanese version (Kyoro-chan Land).

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.


The PAL version's music still needs to be recorded, and when it does, it should start with a 2.

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
101 Title John PhillipsDavid Whittaker 1:40
102 Bonus David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 4:53
103 Get Ready David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:02
104 Game Over David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:02
105 Ending David WhittakerDavid Whittaker 0:17


(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.

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