Hi Bryan,
Actually, I've been thinking of writing a Castlevania type game myself. I wouldn't call it Castlevania, for obvious reasons, but it has many of the same great features of the original side-scroller. The nice thing about Castlevania 1 was that it used public domain characters and enemies such as Dracula, mummies, skeletons, Frankenstein's Monster, Medusa, etc. So it is one of the classics a developer can legally bring back under a new name and with a few miner changes here and there. Anyway, as far as creating accessible classics a developer has to tread carefully. I found that out the very hard way. Montezuma's \Revenge is a 25 year old game, hasn't been sold commercially since the mid 1980's, and do you think the copyright holders cared? I was literally a couple of weeks away from final release and got a cease and desist letter from a lawyer working for the current Montezuma's Revenge copyright holders. Apparently the fact the game hasn't been commercially sold for years didn't matter. The fact that my version would be sold to a very few blind gamers didn't matter too much either. All that they cared about is that I had illegally written a game with the same name as their trade mark, that all rights belonged to them, and so on. Rather than battle it out in court I complied with the request and ditched the product before it got ugly. I'd hate to see another accessible game developer face a similar situation. Anyway, like you said Final Fantacy and legend of Zelda are really out of the practical range of any accessible game developer. Yes, I and some others could do it, but it would be hard work for little pay. Plus it would take ages to write something like that.
Smile.


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