Milon's Secret Castle

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a game by Hudson Soft
Genre: Arcade Classics
Platforms: NESNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 4.8/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Puzzle Games

The land of Hudson is populated by a peaceful people who communicate with music. You are Milon, one of the residents of Hudson, but one who cannot communicate with the others. You decide to leave Hudson, and journey to other lands where you might find people who speak your language. As you begin your search you stop to visit Queen Eliza, in the Hudson Secret Castle.

Alas, you discover that good Queen Eliza is being held prisoner by an evil warlord from the North Region. He and his fiendish demons have attacked the peaceful people of Hudson, stolen their musical instruments and hold the Queen hostage in her very own castle.

Quickly you decide that you, Milon, will save the Queen. To rescue her you must discover all the mysteries of the secret castle, and defeat the evil warlord and his demon sidekicks. You'll have only your strength, wits and courage, as well as the magic bubbles a kindly wizard has equipped you with, to succeed.

You begin your quest outside the front of the castle. When you enter the door you find yourself in a maze-like room, filled with hordes of creeping, crawling, flying demons. These lesser demons are found in each of the 15 different areas of the castle, and are killed by shooting with a bubble! Watch out, because some shoot back at you! Rooms in the castle range from the Distant Coin Room (a fairly easy maze), to the Domino Room (you drop through rows of Domino's in this dizzy scene), to the Well (a deep, dark, mysterious place), to the Fire Room (where flames will singe you if you don't watch out), to the Marahito Room (the most difficult of all, where you face the evil warlord himself -- if you can figure out who he is and which are the three fake Maharito's!)

Fortunately, the wizard has warned you about the difficulty in finding your way through the castle. He tells you that Queen Eliza has hidden many special secret items in the castle to help you vanquish the demons, guide you through the different levels and discover where she is held captive.

As you journey through the different rooms in the secret castle remember that your magic bubbles do more than just destroy dangerous demons.

Collect all the money you find. If you miss any in one area you'll find yourself short of cash to buy valu-able items later on. Keys are the only way to open doors that let you go to the next room. Special bonus rounds help you collect extra money, but you've got to find them first! If you can catch the Hudson Bee you'll get a magic protective shield.

Secret shops sell you items you'll need to survive in the castle as well as provide you with hints and tips.

Fending off demons is tough on your life meter. If you see it falling too low, change your strategy or Milon will die! Grab blue hearts that appear when you destroy demons. Fill your life meter to the top and increase its capacity by munching on secret honeycombs you'll find hidden in the rooms. This is the only way you'll have enough strength to fight the giant demons later in the game.

Collect the right items and a giant demon appears guarding the entrance to the next area.

You must destroy seven of these nasty brutes before you are victorious. These beasts range from Homer (a winged, purple horror) to the evil Cahma (a skeletal version of Homer with wings). Each demon is more difficult to destroy, and more deadly to you than the last.

Defeat the deadly demons and you get to move on. You also get a magic crystal ball. Collect all seven balls to prepare for the final showdown with Maharito. Each crystal ball gives additional power or speed to your bubbles. Once you have the first crystal ball you can continue your game at the last level you reached. To continue, press LEFT and START on your control when GAME OVER appears.

In order to find the seventh crystal ball you must have the cane and the crown. Get these by destroying the Phony Princess in the Devil's Sanctuary. Milon has one of the most entertaining and engaging personalities we've seen since Mario and Luigi. Although it takes a lot of patience and persistence; Milon's Secret Castle is one great game.

  • Constantly shoot or push blocks in all areas of rooms to check for hidden items. Check each room thoroughly or you may find yourself returning later for objects you don't have that prevent you from going further.
  • If your shield is losing energy, shoot small demons until you earn a power heart and replenish your shield!
  • Remember that hints you receive in the secret shops are for the next level of the game. Don't waste your time looking for these things now! Just remember them when you reach the next level.
  • Never take on one of these giant demons without having full power. Grab two umbrellas to make your bubbles at maximum rapid fire mode! Bubble hits must be directly on their heads!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Hudson Soft USA;
  • Machine: Nintendo

If you think you have played the hardest of all video games, try this one. Can you save the princess? Each level has a different challenge; the higher the level the tougher the challenge! Hidden shops contain important hints and items to help beat the monsters. Can you find the shops? Can you beat the monsters?! How many gold coins can you accumulate, can they help you save the princess? Can you get through the ice room without being beaten? Can you beat Cahma or will he beat you? Are you ready for the challenge of your game playing career? This is it!

People say:

  1. I own 40 games and this is the toughest.
  2. The graphics are better than anything else!

If you think you have played the hardest of all video games, try this one. Each level has a different challenge; the higher the level, the tougher the challenge! Can you beat the monsters?! How many coins can you collect?! Are you ready for the challenge of your game playing career? This is it!!!

Inspired by the NES title of the same name, Milon's Secret Castle for the GameBoy is a challenging game with enough hidden secrets to keep you busy for hours. The game relies heavily on technique and thinking your way through various puzzles and situations. In the process of helping Milon rescue the "damsel fair" you will encounter tons of hidden power-ups, passageways, shops and bosses that are tough as well as ferocious.

There are items that Milon can collect along the way such as health enhancements, keys to unlock and open hidden doors, and money to buy magic items at the friendly neighborhood store.

If you're looking for a great Game Boy cart where discovery is limited only by your sense of adventure, take a peek into Milon's Secret Castle!

Think back, way back, to Nintendo's dawn of time. Remember a game about a little guy named Milon who wears a stocking hat and fires bubbles? Well...

A Puzzling Predicament

Milon's Secret Castle is an NES classic that's been handily converted pixel-for-pixel for the Game Boy. In this side-view, multi-scrolling, one-player action/adventure, you play Milon, who's on a quest to defeat an evil Warlord and rescue Queen Eliza. Sure, it sounds like a lot of other games. However, Milon's Secret Castle is an interesting blend of puzzle and action gaming that, for the most part, still plays as well as it did the first time around.

Milon's goal is to make his way through the puzzle rooms in the castle's seven levels. Each room is a maze of passages and platforms that are overrun with a crew of the evil Warlord's nasties. Milon uses his magic Bubble Wand to zap the baddies while he's trying to navigate through the room. The rooms are located on different floors of the castle, and the Queen is trapped somewhere near the top. There's no set way for Milon to reach the top, but some rooms are more difficult than others.

On his royal search, Milon also has to find special items, including keys and hidden shops where he can buy items he'll need to advance to other rooms. Along the way, Milon must defeat seven demon-monster bosses. Each boss guards a magic crystal ball and the door to the next level of the castle.

Milon's Secrets

Although the controls are basic two-button jump-and-shoot, Milon's bubbles fire at an angle. Consequently, you'll find that hitting moving enemy targets takes a little practice.

It's always tough to shrink something meant for the big screen down to a small screen. Milon's graphics look A-OK, except the lack of color makes it tough to see itty-bitty foes. (They don't stand out against the background the way they did in the original color version.) Sound-wise, there's nothing to write home about, but nothing jars with the game play, either.

Top Secret

Milon's Secret Castle's a nice combo of action and puzzle gaming. Overall, the game's more than a one-battery challenge. However, a password feature enables you to continue from different points in the game (and also reduces the eyestrain). Although Milon was more fun on a larger screen in color, the game still has enough punch to make it good Game Boy fare, and that's no secret.


  • To aquire a protective shield in the lower level, fire bubbles at this mid-level ledge in the first room on the left When the Hudson Bee emerges, grab him.
  • Don't buy the light in the shop on the first level. You can get it for far less in the shop on the second level.
  • If you wanna go shopping, you're gonna need some bucks. Milon gathers cash by blasting blocks with his bubbles and by going into Musical Bonus Rounds, where falling notes can be gathered and traded for dollars. To reach the Bonus Round in the first level's last room on the right, bonk Milon's head on the lower edge of the block to the right of this ledge.

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