Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

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Count Dracula has been resurrected and evil will reign supreme unless he is stopped. As Nathan Graves, you'll hunt down the Count and use your whip and a variety of special items to destroy his minions. Battle your way through Dracula's castle and rid the world of his evil once again.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is the first of the series to be based on the action/RPG structure of Castlevania:Symphony of the Night rather than the level-based action style of all previous Castlevania games. Dracula's castle is a single continuous building, and as Nathan discovers artifacts within it he gains new abilities that allow him to explore more of it. While Nathan can only use his Killer Whip as a weapon, he can find and equip different kinds of armor and accessories that change his stats. Unique to this entry in the series is the Dual Set-up System, where a combination of two cards will give Nathan unique magical abilities. For example, equipping a fire type card with a whip card will give the Killer Whip a fire attribute, while equipping it with a summon card will let Nathan summon a fire demon to attack onscreen enemies.


Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance EU Title Screen
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Fighting a big boss
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance The cards will give you special powers
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Cards menu - read descriptions of your cards

Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "CV: CotM" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Castlevania" -- European title
  • "Akumajou Dracula: Circle of the Moon" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Not the best of the series, but still enjoyable Game Boy Advance Bregalad (938)
Vampire killer Game Boy Advance NeoJ (428)
Finally the world sees another proper Castlevania game Game Boy Advance Kate Jones (453)
Symphony of the Night fans, rejoice! 2D Castlevania rides again. Game Boy Advance Lucas Schippers (59)

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Game Boy Advance Jun 13, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jun 12, 2001 5 out of 5 100
Gaming Age Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2001 A 100
Netjak Game Boy Advance Jan 18, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
The Next Level Game Boy Advance Jul 02, 2001 A- 91
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Aug 16, 2001 9 out of 10 90
IGN Game Boy Advance Aug 14, 2001 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Game Boy Advance Jul 25, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamekult Game Boy Advance Apr 18, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Game Boy Advance Sep 12, 2009 6 out of 10 60


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The original Game Boy Advance was not back-lit, and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is considered by many to be the most difficult game to view on it. The game features detailed artwork and backgrounds, all in darker toned colors. Positioning the screen "just right" to see the game properly is considered much more difficult than other Game Boy Advance titles. This game (which was a launch title) is considered to be one of the reasons behind designing the Game Boy Advance SP, as well as several luminance peripherals for the original Game Boy Advance.

Related Web Sites

  • Konami: Circle of the Moon (Official site.)
  • The Castlevania Dungeon (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Castlevania series, including the GBA game Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Castlevania-related sites. )
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