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Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's castle during one will turn his day into a total nightmare. As Soma you must venture through the castle and find a way out. As you do so, you will discover the true meaning behind the event, and why Dracula has risen yet again.

Although set in the future, all of the weapons and hazards are the same or similar to those seen in past Castlevania titles. Soma can find or buy weapons of all types such as swords, spears, and axes. Through his mysterious power of Dominance Soma can take the souls of his enemies and use their powers as his own, providing passive stat boosts, powerful magic, or even summoning them forth to fight on his behalf. Dracula's castle is a single continuous building, and as Soma's power of Dominance grows and he acquires more monster souls to power abilities he can bypass obstacles that were previously insurmountable. Players can link up with a friend's copy of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow to trade souls between them.


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Alternate Titles

  • "キャッスルヴァニア ~暁月の円舞曲~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "CV: AoS" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Just as good as Castlevania games gets Game Boy Advance Bregalad (967)
The definitive Castlevania for the GBA Game Boy Advance NeoJ (455)
Absolutely fantastic game. One of my all-time favorites. Game Boy Advance Simoneer (37)
Wow. Game Boy Advance WJAndrews (35)
A real desire to achieve 100% Game Boy Advance Pagen HD (145)

Critic Reviews (GAF) Game Boy Advance May 11, 2003 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Game Boy Advance Jul 26, 2005 A 100
Diehard GameFan Game Boy Advance Aug 06, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Legendra Game Boy Advance Jul 28, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Pelit Game Boy Advance Mar, 2004 90 out of 100 90
Portable Review Game Boy Advance Oct 24, 2005 35 out of 40 88 Game Boy Advance Aug 19, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Netjak Game Boy Advance May 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88 Game Boy Advance Jan, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Nov 26, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

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


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #4 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year

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