Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night got an update adding a Classic Mode last month, but IGN can reveal that the update added a second, hidden mode too – 1986 Mode is an extra-difficult version of Classic Mode, and it’s unlocked in, well, classic fashion.
By heading to the Classic Mode title screen and entering the Konami Code (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, [Horizontal Left Face Button]), [Horizontal Right Face Button]), you’ll see “1986 Mode” appear at the bottom of the screen.
You can check out full details below but, in short, it acts as an altered version of Classic Mode, changing the colour of player-character Miriam’s outfit, and making the game a lot harder. You can check out a video about unlocking the mode below:
1986 Mode has lain undiscovered since the Classic Mode update, and aims to add an even more old-school platforming feel to the already old-school mode.
The mode’s name is a reference to the year the original Castlevania game was released, and many of the changes it adds reflect the 1986 version of Castlevania. Those changes include:
- No Backflip
- No Backstep
- No Slide
- Mid-air control is reduced
- Cannot jump off stairs
- Cannot jump on to stairs
- Extended whip is not available
- Cannot stand/crouch mid-whip animation
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – we awarded it an 8.8 review, saying “The wait was worth it. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a whole new castle to crash full of unexpected monsters and mysteries in the vein of classic Castlevania.”
Classic Mode was added last month, adding five levels inspired by ’80s action-platformers such as the original Castlevania games.