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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
85
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance One of the biggest bosses in the game
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Nathan turned into fragile, but uber-powerful skeleton
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Cards menu - read descriptions of your cards
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Necromancer

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 Bregalad (916) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Vampire killer NeoJ (428) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Finally the world sees another proper Castlevania game Kate Jones (453) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Symphony of the Night fans, rejoice! 2D Castlevania rides again. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Jun 12, 2001 5 out of 5 100
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Jul, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Rely on Horror Oct 25, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Kombo.com Nov 14, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Super Play Jun, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Playmag Jul, 2001 18 out of 20 90
Gamekult Apr 18, 2001 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer 2001 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Sep 12, 2009 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Dec 19, 2004 D+ 33

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Trivia

Graphics

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. )
Frumple (934) added Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance) on Jun 13, 2001
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