Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2002
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
Buy On
  1. 100
    A title that further refines the portable "Castlevania" lineup to perfection.
  2. Play Magazine
    100
    The epitome of what a handheld title can aspire to - a game you pray as you play it will never end. [Aug 2002, p.72]
  3. GameNow
    100
    One of the best handheld Castlevania games ever produced. Enthralling from start to finish, it's easily on par with "Castlevania SotN" for the PSOne. [Oct 2002, p.52]
  4. GMR Magazine
    100
    One of the best reasons to own a Game Boy Advance. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    97
    And I thought "Circle of the Moon" was good. HoD out classes it (and every other GBA game to date). Konami condensed everything that's so great about "Symphony" into a hand-held game. [Oct 2002, p.206]
  6. Game Informer
    95
    Harmony isn't a title any GBA owner should miss. [Oct 2002, p.94]
  7. Pocket Games
    95
    If it weren't for the crummy music taking away from the experience, this might be the best 2D Castlevania yet. [Spring 2003, p.26]
  8. 92
    This game trounces the original in almost every way, making the adventure a much more fun and ultimately more satisfying adventure.
  9. Dissonance, in its detail, execution and style truly transcends its platform and for now, it's the best seat in the house for a trip to eerie Castlevania.
  10. You could certainly play through this game again and get a good bit of fun out of a repeat, despite the fact that it takes roughly 12 hours to beat the game.
  11. The best game for the GameBoy Advance? Absolutely.
  12. 90
    Clearer, brighter visual presentation is the biggest difference between Harmony of Dissonance and "Circle of the Moon." Although the graphical quality is pretty much the same, Konami made everything bigger and went with a brighter colour palette.
  13. It's like being able to play "Symphony of the Night" in the back seat of your parent's car, but with all new levels and some nifty new features.
  14. The feeling of satisfaction when everything locks together like a giant jigsaw puzzle is enormous. Despite its flaws, this is a fantastic slice of gaming.
  15. Valid proof that "coming up short" can still translate into "a hell of a lot of fun."
  16. 87
    Does a good job of capturing the basic flavor of "SotN's" gameplay. Indeed, almost all of the special moves you can obtain have been lifted directly from Symphony.
  17. Thankfully, the whole thing is also infinitely better-lit than previous outing Circle of the Moon, which means that playing it without industrial-strength lighting overhead is now an option. [NGC]
  18. netjak
    85
    Plays like a second rate Symphony of the Night unfortunately. Still a must though!
  19. Nintendo Power
    84
    The system is simpler, but the action is just as exciting and the areas are even larger. [Sept 2002, p.168]
  20. Boasting better visuals and lots of gameplay, Harmony of Dissonance is not just a fine Castlevania game--it's also one of the better GBA games to come around in a while.
  21. Beautiful graphics, special effects and a compelling storyline inspire the latest "Castlevania" adventure for the Game Boy Advance.
  22. A very, very good game and definitely worth a purchase. It's just a disappointment compared to the sheer greatness that was "Circle of the Moon."
  23. Not as good a game as "Circle of the Moon" when all is said and done. Yes, it's generally easier on the eyes, but the somewhat dull level layouts, constant backtracking, awful music and colorful style hamper the Castlevania experience.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
#13 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. SimonB.
    May 15, 2006
    7
    The weak link in the GBA trilogy. If you're a big fan, then pick it up, but if you're a casual gamer I'd recommend AoS or The weak link in the GBA trilogy. If you're a big fan, then pick it up, but if you're a casual gamer I'd recommend AoS or CotM. What is most annoying is the convoluted level structure, ease of every enemy in the game (bosses are jokes) and the quality of sound is noticeably worse than in the other titles. The music reminds me a lot of Shining Force on the Genesis, but not as good. It's still a good game to kill some time with, just don't expect the same good quality of CotM or AoS. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2017
    2
    Después de haber finalizado la castlevania aria of sorrow que intento jugar este juego, Los dolores de cabeza eran constantes, este juego meDespués de haber finalizado la castlevania aria of sorrow que intento jugar este juego, Los dolores de cabeza eran constantes, este juego me causaba unas tremendas migrañas, Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    0
    Very unoriginal, easy and remarkably boring. The worst entry of the GBA era.
    Get Circle of the Moon and Aria of Sorrow instead, they are a
    Very unoriginal, easy and remarkably boring. The worst entry of the GBA era.
    Get Circle of the Moon and Aria of Sorrow instead, they are a lot better than this pile of junk.
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