Super Castlevania IV is a side-scrolling platform game where the player takes control of Simon through eleven levels. Players begin the game with three lives, and the game results in game over once they have lost them all. The player will lose a life if all of Simon’s health gauge is depleted or if they do not finish the level within the time limit. The health gauge can be restored through food items that can be dropped from candles and enemies, or with the Magic Crystal, which is received after defeating the boss at end of each level. A password can also be entered to continue the game.