• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2001
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

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  • Summary: Count Dracula has been resurrected and evil will reign supreme unless he is stopped. As Nathan Graves, you'll hunt down the count and use your whip and a variety of special items to destroy his minions. Battle your way through Dracula's castle and rid the world of evil once and for all!
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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
    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.
  3. Picks up where "Symphony of the Night" left off and stands out as one of the best portable adventures ever created.
  4. 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.
  5. GMR Magazine
    90
    A complex card system governs your special abilities. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  6. The patented pacing, mechanics and rewards of the adventure go down like a perfectly aged fine wine.
  7. Castlevania means well, providing marvellous visuals and setting a superb atmosphere. But it suffers from hideous amounts of revisiting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Squall
    Sep 8, 2005
    10
    The difficulty was intense and rewarding. I loved the secret classes that you could unlock, much better than the secret characters in SOTN or The difficulty was intense and rewarding. I loved the secret classes that you could unlock, much better than the secret characters in SOTN or HOD in my opinion. The spell system was awesome except for the fact that it is extremely hard to track down all of the cards. Music was brilliant and I was glad to hear remixes of popular tunes such as 'vampire killer.' Expand
  2. JonH.
    Feb 6, 2005
    10
    Another masterpiece Castlevania game, It plays so well on the gamebody advance.
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    10
    One of my all time favorite Gameboy Advance games, and by far my favorite 2D Castlevania game.

    What's amazing is how well the game has
    One of my all time favorite Gameboy Advance games, and by far my favorite 2D Castlevania game.

    What's amazing is how well the game has aged, it's still an absolute blast to play thanks to the varied Card system which makes for a great gameplay, and it's absolutely beautiful to look at thanks to the great art direction.

    Playing it on a modern smartphone through emulation really does the game justice and allows you appreciate how beautiful the game is. A true masterpiece.
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  4. Jun 26, 2013
    10
    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, theyThis 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. Expand
  5. MarkB.
    Aug 25, 2005
    9
    Very difficult game. Level of difficutly was just a bit too high and some of the features (The Summoning abilities with DSS) made the bosses Very difficult game. Level of difficutly was just a bit too high and some of the features (The Summoning abilities with DSS) made the bosses too easy. Very good game otherwise. A hint to all players who play on magician mode. When you fall down that big hole in the start of the game, well, do that when you are level 50 and keep doing it while swingining you whip on the left side. There is an opening and when u find it, Roc Wing at the ceiling there. Another opening will appear. In this room, you have like five seconds to jump up into the room, run to the skeleton medalist and kill him in one hit. Kepp doing this until you get it and combine pluto and griffon to get faster speed. He will sometimes drop the bear ring. And if you put it on and use pluto and Black dog cards, you will find you turn into a cute fuzzywuzzy bear! Expand
  6. XV_
    Jun 1, 2019
    8
    At first, I was somewhat doubtful but when I played the first hour I was playing with a smile and having a lot of fun. If you have playedAt first, I was somewhat doubtful but when I played the first hour I was playing with a smile and having a lot of fun. If you have played Metroid or another 2D Castlevania you know the drill, unlock abilities, backtrack, unlock abilities and then backtrack some more, this formula still works great in this title. The challenge is good for the most part and the music is on par.

    I really liked some characters and some moments that feel truly iconic, like Camila that feeling that Hugh (your rival character) gives to you that you're racing each other, that being said I have some issues that go in the way for this to be a 9 or 9.5. The first one is that at times, some bosses feel more annoying than challenging, and that goes for the final boss. I didn't need to make any grind till that point because my damage was ridiculous. My second issue comes from the item and card system, I'm not that fan of getting your powerups in easy mode but I also don't like to make like 2 hours of mindless grinding and be luck dependant, it robs the all the fun and transforms the game into a chore.

    Putting my complaints aside I really enjoyed Circle of the Moon, maybe is not as iconic as Symphony of the Night but I don't they're that far from each other.
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  7. Death
    Nov 19, 2004
    0
    This game is like hell!!! the graphics are not so good and the gameplay is..well..its no good,and who is Nathan Graves?and who are the GravesThis game is like hell!!! the graphics are not so good and the gameplay is..well..its no good,and who is Nathan Graves?and who are the Graves clan?what are their role with the belmonts?? Expand

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#4 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001