DescriptionIn Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin you control two characters, a vampire hunter named Jonathan Morris and a young witch Charlotte Aulin. The two heroes must stop Brauner, a vampire artist devising a plot to use magical paintings to draw power from Dracula's castle. In addition to Brauner's castle you can explore environments such as Egyptian deserts and otherworldly carnivals via paintings which Brauner has scattered throughout the castle. A mysterious ghost named Wind offers rewards if the two heroes are willing to complete quests for him, such as finding rare monsters or mastering abilities.
In the game you can freely switch between Jonathan and Charlotte, so you can decide which character is best for battling against the vampires' army. Both characters have unique lists of armor and weapons they can equip; whips for Jonathan and magic spellbooks for Charlotte. Charlotte is able to find many different kinds of spells throughout Brauner's castle and paintings, including magical attacks, form changing spells, and stat boosts that affect both Jonathan and herself. Similarly Jonathan can find items that act like the sub-weapons of previous Castlevania games, although now he can select which to use from the menu, and each weapon grows more powerful the more it is used. Both characters can also combine their powers for very powerful Dual-Crush that drains a lot of mana. Also, at the first time in the series, both characters can be on the screen simultaneously, helping each other.
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin also includes a Wi-Fi and wireless co-operative multiplayer mode where two players fight side by side through pre-set challenge courses in a limited time. Players can also set up a shop on either Wi-Fi or wireless and sell their items to other players.
- "悪魔城ドラキュラ ギャラリー・オブ・ラビリンス" -- Japanese spelling
- "Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth" -- Japanese title
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|Castlevania back to it's roots, but with a lot of innovations||Bregalad (916)|
The Press Says
|Modojo||Dec 22, 2006||100|
|Kombo.com||Dec 26, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|Video Game Generation||Dec 31, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|JustPressPlay||Jul 22, 2007||9 out of 10||90|
|IGN||Dec 05, 2006||8.9 out of 10||89|
|Games Master||Feb, 2007||88 out of 100||88|
|Boomtown||Jan 30, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|G4 TV: X-Play||Jan 29, 2007||80|
|Gamezine||Mar 18, 2007||14 out of 20||70|
|Bordersdown||Mar, 2007||6 out of 10||60|
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BossesThe final four bosses faced before being able to fight Dracula are Medusa, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, and The Wolfman. This marks the only time in the series that all five of the "classic movie monster" enemies have full boss character status.
Sleep modeWhen closing the cover of the DS to enter sleep mode (with the game still powered on), the game will make a sound effect simulating a coffin closing shut.
StellaWhen battling Stella, one can hear her pronouncing the name of an attack sounding like "Secret Surious Wave". These actually are two overlapping samples, "Secret Strike" and "Furious Wave" (the original Japanese samples were much shorter, and didn't overlap). The simplest way to hear "Secret Strike" alone is by pressing "Start" during the word "Secret". The game will open the menu, but the sample will play to the end. When the menu is closed, Stella will say "Furious Wave".
Information also contributed by Chentzilla and Lain Crowley.
Related Web Sites
- Castlevania Dungeon (Fansite dedicated to everything and anything Castlevania.)
- Official Japanese Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Site (Contains Sections on Story, News, Game Play (aka System), Characters, Hints (with videos), and a gallery with art, music, and videos.)