Being an arcade shoot 'em up, the gameplay in Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade is similar to a rail-shooter. The game is played from a first-person perspective, where players use a motion controller to inflict damage to enemies with the whip. The characters' movements are scripted and directed by the game. The game includes a multiplayer feature and players can choose to play as two different characters: the Vampire Hunter and the Lady Gunner.
A special LED whip motion control with two buttons is used to input commands. The top thumb button is used to activate the whip, prompting players to wave the controller in order to damage enemies. The trigger is used to activate sub-weapons, such as knives or crosses. Using a sub-weapon allows the player to attack distant enemies that the main weapon can't reach. Sub-weapons are refilled by collecting Hearts (up to 25) strewn about each stage in the form of destructible candles and wooden crates. It's possible to switch between any already collected sub-weapons by pressing a special red button.
Below the life meter is a special gauge which automatically refills whenever the player isn't performing any attacks. When it reaches "MAX", the player can perform a powerful attack that causes massive damage to enemies.
After each level, the game determines how well the player performed and assigns a rank based on different factors. It's also possible for the playable character to level up; points obtained can then be assigned to specific attributes.
Other features include:
- Stage selection for any stage the player has already passed through.
- Automatic entry for internet rankings.
- Collaboration with Akumajō Dracula: The Medal.
If the player uses the e-Amusement Pass to play through Akumajō Dracula: The Medal under the right conditions, a new item will be unlocked in Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade. However, using this new item will lower the player's score.
Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade
If the player uses the e-Amusement Pass to play through Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade under the right conditions, the player will receive a new music track during Rush Change in Akumajō Dracula: The Medal.
- Brookfield, Illinois - Galloping Ghost Arcade
- Littleton, Colorado - Round One Arcade
- Dos Hermanas, Spain - Arcade Planet
- Chiba Prefecture - Round One Stadium Ario Kashiwa (3F)
- Haunted Castle — The only other Castlevania game originally developed exclusively as an arcade game.
- Castlevania: The Medal — A slot machine with simulated gambling that has interconnected features with this game. Starring Richter Belmont.
- GuitarFreaks & DrumMania V6 — A guitar and drum rhythm arcade game with tie-ins to this game.
- THE ★ BishiBashi — A competitive minigame collection with tie-ins to this game.
- Akumajō Dracula Best Music Collections BOX — Contains music from this game on Disc 17.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Some music from the game, such as the remix to "Black Night", is used as part of the game's soundtrack.
- Nico Nico Douga tags (Japanese, requires registration)
- Nico Nico Douga video search for this game
- Richter8700's play movie (Vampire Hunter) 1/5
- Takasan Richter's walktrough
- Tokimeki Memorial comical ending (Lady Gunner)
- Tokimeki Memorial comical ending (Vampire Hunter)
|Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade|
|Vampire Hunter - Lady Gunner - Little Witch|
|Death - White Dragon - Dullahan - Minotaur - Water Dragon - Were Wolf - Harpy|
|Ruins - Palace - Underground Waterway - Ramparts - Clock Tower|
|Akumajō Dracula Best Music Collections BOX|