Soul of Darkness (Nintendo DSi)

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Vandal Online (Jul 22, 2010)
No se llevará ningún premio a la originalidad, pero Soul of Darkness es una soberbia puesta en escena para un estilo de juego que, en realidad, no es tan común como nos gustaría. Técnicamente está por encima de la media, y su jugabilidad está muy bien trazada, con una acertada combinación de plataformas y acción. El elemento exploratorio queda relegado a un segundo plano, pues los escenarios son poco laberínticos en realidad, pero el trabajo global es de altísima calidad y compite de tú a tú con propuestas en formato físico. Y a bastantes los supera con contundencia.
Nintendo Life (Jul 07, 2010)
If you're going to create a clone of a game, you might as well make sure it's a great one and Gameloft have done just that. Taking many of the enjoyable visual, musical, and gameplay aspects of the DS Castlevania releases, the game molds together an absolutely terrific platforming experience that's not only extremely playable, but also wildly enjoyable as well. Sure it's a bit more condensed and linear, but this helps it function more efficiently as the DSiWare release it is. It goes without saying that if you're even the slightest bit a Castlevania fan, you absolutely have to take this wonderful title for a spin. In all honesty, the game would be a bargain at twice its 500 Nintendo Points price tag.
Mag'64 (Aug 08, 2010)
"Soul of Darkness" ist ein rundum gelungener Castlevania-Klon. Hier stimmt eigentlich alles, so dass man fast schon enttäuscht ist, wenn nach zehn Levels das Spiel vorbei ist, da man noch ewig weiterspielen könnte. Vor allem der verhältnismäßig günstige Preis von 500 Punkten macht es nicht nur für Fans des Originals äußerst attraktiv. Bei diesem Titel hat sich Gameloft schon fast selbst übertroffen, in dem man ein grandioses Original um einige nette und sinnvolle Elemente ergänzt. Und herauskommen ist eine ganz klare Downloadempfehlung: Hier ist man definitiv auf der sicheren Seite.
IGN (Jul 09, 2010)
So while Soul of Darkness doesn't blaze many new trails, it does an excellent job of covering the best territory from several past games. Download it right away -- especially if you're a Castlevania fan.
80 (Jul 26, 2010)
L'ultima fatica di Gameloft è un ottimo action-rpg realizzato con cura ed esperienza sulle tracce solcate da Konami col suo Castlevania. Soul of Darkness è il suo figlio illegittimo destinato al servizio DSiWare ed offre alcune ore si sano divertimento con elementi puzzle, platform, action, rpg sapientemente mescolati e calati in un contesto, quello fantasy dei vampiri, che sicuramente attira ancora. Perfetta realizzazione tecnica: grafica, sonoro, controlli e bilanciamento non hanno punti deboli. Peccato per lo scarso sfruttamento delle peculiarità dell'hardware DS, ma soprattutto per la mancanza intrinseca di originalità di questo titolo, che attinge senza pudore dalla fonte senza aggiungere praticamente nulla.
78 (Jul 20, 2010)
Soul of Darkness è un action platform che offre una discreta riproduzione delle dinamiche di gioco dei più famosi titoli della saga Castlevania appartenenti allo stesso genere. Un interessante sistema di crescita del personaggio, unito a qualche buono spunto ludico, renderà l'esperienza di gioco molto interessante e a tratti originale. A chi si avvicina per la prima volta a questa tipologia di giochi, il DSiWare sa offrire molto, ma per gli amanti dei titoli Konami, Soul of Darkness, benché possa risultare comunque divertente, sarà comunque al di sotto dei prodotti che lo ispirano, soprattutto per via di un level design lineare e di un livello di difficoltà oscillante.
70 (UK) (Aug 06, 2010)
With its pleasantly non-fascist checkpointing, sensibly compact level design and satisfying combat system, you'll appreciate Soul Of Darkness all the more. It's short, sweet and entirely unoriginal, but for all the right reasons.
Destructoid (Jul 12, 2010)
In all honesty, Soul of Darkness is a decent game that adequately captures the gothic spirit of the Castlevania franchise. Unfortunately, its failure to expand upon promising game mechanics, its criminally short playtime, the absence of any real challenge, and the lack of compelling replay value make it hard to recommend. I wouldn't give it the time of day if it was priced any higher, but for five bucks, it's a nice diversion for a lazy afternoon.
65 (Jul 30, 2010)
N'ayant pas de nouvelles du clan Belmont depuis la sortie de Order of Ecclesia, les possesseurs de DS auraient bien aimé trouver en Soul of Darkness un substitut de premier choix. Si le soft est globalement réussi, sa très faible durée de vie et sa trop grande facilité condamnent son intérêt sur le long terme. Pour 500 points, les plus hésitants pourront tout de même tenter l'expérience, mais ils resteront certainement sur leur faim.
Legendra (Dec 13, 2010)
Certes, Soul of Darkness est très court et se contente de reprendre le concept de la série culte de Konami. Mais pour seulement 500 points et avec sa réalisation au top, il constitue le jeu idéal pour occuper un triste et vide après-midi sans se prendre la tête, tant il est simple. Un bon petit titre qui fait honneur à la plateforme de téléchargement.