Review by MajorasWrath

"The blood! The horror! Wait, there's no blood..."

Introduction
As you can see, Nintendo re-released 12 different games that were originally released for the NES onto the GBA. One of those was Castlevania. This game was the first in famous the series, and now you can play it on the go! While some of you have played this, many haven't, so let's get on with the review.

Storyline 9/10
You are Simon Belmont, a vampire hunter and killer. Simon stumbles upon a castle with Count Dracula at the very top. Simon will have to go through the whole castle, wielding his monster whip, and taking out all of the ghoulish creatures that lurk in there in order to finally face off with the count. It stays simple, but the whole vampire thing freaks me out.

Graphics 8/10
For a NES game, they are pretty good. The backgrounds really detailed, and make it feel more like a castle. Your main character, unfortunately, looks like a blob. Seriously, he's just a mass of brown and tan. The enemies look really good, and you can tell exactly what they are supposed to be. For example, if someone were to say fish-man, you would remember those orange men with fish on their head. They're that good.

Sound 6/10
There aren't too many sound tracks. Maybe 5 or 6, but that's all. Since you will be spending a lot of time on a stage, it will get repetitive. At first it sounds good, however. The tracks sound just as if a real castle was there, and it gives an eerie feeling to the game.

Controls 9/10
Press B to crack your whip, press start to pause, and press A to jump. If you want to use a special weapon, hold up and B. In order to jump from one place to another, you need to run and jump. Just standing there and trying to jump will result in dying. Bleh. To make up, you can save your game! Just hold L and R to access the screen where you can turn the game in sleep mode or save or reset.

Game play 9/10
It's basically a side scroller, with many stages, and a boss at the end of each level. But this ain't no Super Mario Bros., where everything is cute. It is where there are torches, candles, and tons of monsters. Battle things such as skeletons, bats, vampires and even Frankenstein!

Simon Belmont will, as a main weapon, get a whip. Along the way, when he defeats enemies, he can get things such as whip upgrades, holy water, a time stopper, a dagger, an axe, and many more limited-time items. In order to use these items, you need to grab hearts. They are found frequently, and each item takes a heart. If you run out of hearts, touch luck, no more using the item.

You are living on boxes. When an enemy kills you, you can lose any amount of boxes, even up to four. To restore boxes, you need to grab rare meat, which is hidden under blocks.

One gripe I have is the score. There is a score box, and you can get money to boost your score. But whenever you die, the score box resets. There really is no point trying to get it.

Length/Difficulty 10/10
This game is one of the hardest I've ever played. A lot of times, you will get hit for one of two reasons: the jump was off; or the whip was off. Those are the main two things that make this game as hard as can be. Don't expect to beat this game in under one day. Heck, I'm still working on it after just one month! This is actually the only thing stopping it from getting a 10. I returned the game because it was hard!

As for the length, it isn't very long. If it weren't for the difficulty, you could beat this game in one day.

Replay Value 6/10
There is a second quest that is much harder (than it already is!), so that could keep you busy for a while. I guess it could be fun to see if you can beat the game without losing many lives. You could also record your high score, and try to beat a friend's.

Conclusion 9/10
Try to get this game. It is pretty rare now, but if you can manage to lay your eyes on it, get it. It's cheap, around 10 bucks. Even for those of you who hate vampire stuff should get it anyway, you will totally forget all about it! The challenge makes it lots of fun! If you like games that are easy, still think about getting this game. You won't be disappointed! See ya later!





Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/18/05


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