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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)

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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 Map (mild spoilers)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Fighting a big boss
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Fighting Dracula (2nd form)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Main Menu

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 (937) 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

Critic Reviews

GamesFirst! Jul 06, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RPGFan Jul 11, 2001 94 out of 100 94
The Next Level Jul 02, 2001 A- 91
Super Play (Sweden) Jun, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 04, 2001 9 out of 10 90
IGN Aug 14, 2001 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
4Players.de Jul 11, 2001 76 out of 100 76
Realm of Gaming Oct 04, 2013 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Dec 19, 2004 D+ 33


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