Review by ANTYaz925

"A MUST HAVE GBA game!!!"

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is a launch title for the GBA. If this is a LAUNCH title, then I can't wait for the next games. This game is a must buy for any person who wants to have the best GBA games. Let's look at this exciting game.

Graphics: 8/10- Konami didn't go all out on the graphics for this game, and I wonder why. This won't be as graphically impressive as, let's say, THPS2, but it isn't utter trash. The main character is pretty detailed and the backgrounds are very good. Some say that the dark mood of the game makes it hard to see on the GBA. I can somewhat agree. If you do not have a sufficient light source, then this game will be harder to see than others. But other than that, the graphics are better than anything I've ever seen on a handheld.

Story: 9/10- Well, it's similar to other Castlevania games. This time, Nathan Graves takes hold of the whip in your battle to put down Count Dracula. He's been resurrected and is spreading his evil. You have to explore his castle and put a stop to him. Not a bad storyline although we've all heard it before.

Gameplay: 10/10- This is where it really shines. The gameplay is awesome. Mix a 2-D platformer, add in some RPG elements, and toss in some Castlevania fun, and you've got an awesome game. You have your main weapon, the whip, and many secondary weapons to use. The secondary weapons use hearts, which can be easily replenished. Sometimes, an enemy will drop a card. Combine cards to create new additions, such as a flaming whip or a shield. This is called the DSS system, which comsumes MP. You also collect items such as potions, antidotes, and equipment, which can be mixed and matched to add to your strength, defense, magic, and luck. The map system is similar to Super Metroid's, and that's a good thing. Save points are a little far apart, but that can be ignored. Bosses can be quite challenging if you haven't leveled up enough.

Sound:10+++/10- This is spectacular. The sound is really cranking on the GBA in this game. The first time you hear the haunting choir music in the beginning, you know your ears are in for a treat. Castlevania takes advantage of the extra speaker power of the GBA and it's quite noticeable. The music is of the scary/gothic type and adds to the game quite nicely. Good going, Konami!

Replayability:10/10- With 3 other modes to play with, you'll be playing Castlevania in your GBA for quite some time.

Worth the $40-$45, $5, or not even the cartridge it's made on? Definetly a buy. You can't experience the full quality of this game without buying it. It's just too good to pass up. Buy this with your GBA. You will not be disappointed at all. Good thing that the GBA has around 17-20 hours of battery life, because you'll need it!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 06/09/01, Updated 06/09/01

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