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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Reviewed by Aegwyn The Game Boy Advance has finally hit shelves in America, and there is no better way to start off the summer that with a great new Castlevania game! Since Symphony of the Night, many fans have been hoping for another game to be set in the same style, and now we've got it. Read on to delve into the depths of this game and be talked into buying it.

Graphics: 10 out of 10

When I first opened up my Game Boy Advance, I was almost to excited to contain myself. A 32-bit handheld! This will have great graphics I thought. And guess what? I was right. (as usual) When I first loaded up this game my jaw literally dropped. The graphics look like the backgrounds of Symphony of the Night, 3D on some occasions and the rest of the time just plain BEAUTIFUL, and the sprites leave something to be desired but still look incredible. You will be completely blown away by these graphics. The only problem is thats this game is pretty dark (to set the mood, I suppose) so you will have to get in a strong, direct light source to see the graphics at their full potential.

Music and Sound: 10 out of 10

Once the Konami logo finished causing me to drool(still does at times, actually), I was waiting to see if the title screen would have the cool singing in the background that SotN had. Lo and behold, the Castlevania logo appeared and I was allowed the extreme pleasure to hear Latin-sounding voices singing, loud an clear, through the GBA's tiny little speaker. Throughout the game, I was also treated to the classic Castlevania "Ha!s" and whip cracks as I attacked. You even can hear your feel slapping the ground when you walk/run or land from a jump. And it doesn't stop there. There are sound effects for just about everything that happens in this game, and they are simply amazing. What I was especially happy to hear is that Bloody Tears has made a reappearance in this game. All hail to one of the best songs ever!!

Game Challenge: 9 out of 10

As you traverse the halls of Castlevania, you will meet up with some formidable opponents. There are the classics, such as Skeleton Nights, Catoblepas, Succubi, and the ever-annoying Medusa Heads, and there are some new additions such as a particularly strong Fallen Angel named "Lilith." Some of the bosses are pushovers (why Death, why?) but some can be very tough. The only reason this game doesn't get a perfect 10 here it because it can be frustrating at times and if you level up for 10 hours every other area of the game (as I have been known to do) it can be way too easy.

Game Play-Fun: 10 out of 10

This game is fun. I can't explain it. It just is. If you can put it down without wearing you batteries well over halfway out, I am amazed by your will power.


This game can get pretty frustrating on the harder bosses and rooms, but it really isn't to the point of "I want to throw my Game Boy out the window!!!!"

Replayability: 10 out of 10

Once you beat it, there's a new mode. Once you beat that, there's another new mode. Once you beat that there's another new mode. Once you beat that there's...guess what? ANOTHER MODE!!!!! And probably plenty of secrets we haven't uncovered yet. Hardcore Castlevania fans will probably want to complete each of the 5 modes on 100% and level 99 also.

Game Value: $60 out of $40

This gem is a steal at only forty dollars. It is worth so much more. I am so glad the I purchased just brings a tear to my eye how beautiful this game is... *sniff*

Overall: 10 out of 10

Once you start playing this game, you will want to finish it. Again, and again, and again. I guarantee it. This is an incredible game, and easily the best currently out for Game Boy Advance. Buy it if you get a GBA.

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