Not to be mistaken with the American Nintendo NES release titled Castlequest, the Japanese Famicom exclusive ROM of the chess-come-RPG known as Castle Quest has been translated. While the title is already available in English on the Nintendo Game Boy (a rare one at that), the console version is a much more colourful affair.
Released in 1990 by Hudson Soft, this hybrid mix of genres brought an all new meaning to the game of chess. Casting aside the standard rules of the board game, each individual piece is armed with independent values such as Health, Magic, Attack and Defence - all of which are then thrown into an RPG style battle. These stats allow for much varied gameplay, potentially allowing weaker playing pieces to survive an onslaught.
The fan translation ROM patch for Castle Quest, however, is not something new. Fan translation group Stardust Crusaders had previously worked on the bringing the game to English audiences, however, their latest release is a further improved and amended version delivering the true Castle Quest experience.
Castle Quest (Nintendo Famicom) Translated Gameplay Video
As usual, to enjoy this fan translation patch you will need to have an original ROM file of the game in which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the download, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube.
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