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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (Nintendo DS)

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Set one year after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the first Castlevania game for the DS has you playing Soma Cruz again. While attempting to return to a normal life Soma is attacked by the leader of a cult with the intention of reviving Count Dracula. He, as well as friends from his last adventure, are drawn to the cult's headquarters to prevent another age of darkness.

All the action takes place on the lower screen, while the top screen is used to see the map or your character's stats. Soma can still equip various kinds of weapons, armor, and monster souls, although the exact powers of the souls have changed slightly from the previous game. Instead of multiples of the same soul just taking up space they are now necessary, as many abilities will not reach their full power unless Soma possesses nine duplicates of the soul. Yoko Belnades has set up an enchanting store inside the castle, allowing Soma to merge souls with weapons in his possession to forge more powerful weapons. The game also takes advantage of the touch screen feature to let you draw magic runes to perform powerful moves to defeat evil monsters.

For the first time in a Castlevania game simultaneous multiplayer modes are possible. Place monsters in a series of rooms and then blaze through it with a friend over wireless connection, either competitively or cooperatively. Trading extra souls between carts is also possible over wireless communication.

The mobile version is a fairly genuine port of the original game with a few minor differences. It adds a new special rare item: the lost soul vial. This item can be used if Soma dies and resurrects him. There is also the bat altar which can be used when Soma owns the bat form ability. Soma walks on a bat altar with the bat ability and is teleported to the linked bat altar. The inventory is strictly limited to weapons, armors and magic spells. It is not possible to store food, life potions or other items.

Screenshots

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Another intro shot, where Soma introduces Dawn of Sorrow's touch-screen gimmick.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Right off the bat Soma gets to kill some rather impressive-looking beasties.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Don't forget to save your game a lot, at least early in the game.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Gahhh! Is this guy going to cause trouble again?

Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ 蒼月の十字架" -- Japanese spelling
  • "恶魔城:苍月之十字架" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "CV: DoS" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A must have for anyone who owns a DS Bregalad (916) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Evil, I stab at thee Sam Vicchrilli (17) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

UOL Jogos Oct 19, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
DreamStation.cc Oct 19, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Portable Review Oct 30, 2005 40 out of 40 100
VicioJuegos.com Sep 26, 2005 93 out of 100 93
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 04, 2006 93 out of 100 93
Entertainment Depot, The Mar 28, 2006 9 out of 10 90
1UP Oct 03, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 26, 2005 18 out of 20 90
N-Zone Oct 19, 2005 87 out of 100 87
Cubed3 Dec 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The DS version of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

In the Lost Village, the player can see the Bigfoot from the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, lurking in the background.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #2 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Nintendo DS Action Game of the Year

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