• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2001

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Set against a myriad of beautifully rendered 2D environments, the detailed visuals convey a feeling of dread.
  2. 100
    2D adventure gaming at its best.
  3. 100
    I loved Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, as I've loved every other Castlevania game. The gameplay, which is the most important factor in a game, is right on.
  4. One of the best games of the year on any platform.
  5. Picks up where "Symphony of the Night" left off and stands out as one of the best portable adventures ever created.
  6. This is by far the best Gameboy Advance game that I've played so far, and to top this would be a Herculean feat.
  7. With it's astounding gameplay and unbelievable fun factor, it's a game you won't want to put down, even when given it's slight graphic downfalls.
  8. The best GBA game so far, and it'll keep you busy for a long time.
  9. Circle of the Moon has truly broken new barriers in portable gaming, offering just plain, unadulterated fun in its purest form. This is the greatest use of silicon ever.
  10. Despite being on a handheld, the visuals and music in the game really astound – they create just the right mood for a game about vampires and other nasty stuff.
  11. 91
    Outstanding musical splendor. The score, like the graphics, is a compliment to the game's dark setting. The excellent sounds are loud and clear, and they don't struggle to be heard.
  12. A complex card system governs your special abilities. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  13. 90
    The world is huge, the boss creatures are massive in size and challenging to defeat. And the overall quest is extremely fulfilling.
  14. The patented pacing, mechanics and rewards of the adventure go down like a perfectly aged fine wine.
  15. Features fun gameplay with more depth than you'll find in most GameBoy games so far.
  16. With the ability to store up to eight different quests, and a quest time that will require at least 12-15 hours to complete, fans are in for a genuine treat.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    This game is the best castlevania to date! It's got tight controls, and great challenge. It also does a great job with the sub weapons, they are super useful. The story isn't really there but somehow still does the job. Its a masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    An amazing portable Castlevania that takes place outside the main story of the older games.
    It has beautifull 2d graphics, one of the best
    music for a GBA game and tons of unlockable modes.
    With clever design that encourages exploration and backtracking, rewarding difficulty and some of the coolest boss fights this is a masterpiece surely you don't want to miss.
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  3. May 22, 2011
    Definitely not as good as Aria of Sorrow, or even Harmony of Dissonance for that matter, in my opinion. The game is quite nice in itself. The graphics are all right, the music is really great (lots of great remixes of classic Castlevania tracks too), and the gameplay is fun, even though the controls are a bit of a pain. The main issue I have with this title is that the difficulty is way too high. Now maybe that's a good thing if you want a challenge. However with RPG-style games such as this, it just becomes annoying to be forced to spend hours on level grinding just so you can at least survive against the next boss. It dramatically breaks the pace of the game and as a result you even forget the story and what was happening all along. You just circle between half a dozen rooms, killing enemies over and over and over. Other than that it's a fun game, so if you don't mind spending tonnes of time on levelling up, you should enjoy it. Otherwise I'd suggest for you to try Harmony of Dissonance or yet better Aria of Sorrow. In fact try those anyway if you like this style of games. Full Review »