• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2001
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 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: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. RyanC.
    Nov 5, 2002
    10
    This is one of the greatest games I have ever played. I hope Harmony of Dissonance is as good as this was. [dragon}
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    10
    An amazing portable Castlevania that takes place outside the main story of the older games.
    It has beautifull 2d graphics, one of the best
    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. 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
  4. Marc
    Mar 21, 2004
    9
    Dracula and the Belmonts...some of the most recognisable gaming icons in history. Thankfully...its fun too.
  5. Feb 2, 2022
    8
    Es un excelente juego que a envejecido bien, un gameplay algo tosco al principio pero cuando tienes todas las habilidades te pasearas por todoEs un excelente juego que a envejecido bien, un gameplay algo tosco al principio pero cuando tienes todas las habilidades te pasearas por todo el castillo a toda velocidad a mitad de juego no es muy intuitivo hacia donde ir así que estarás dando vueltas un buen rato hasta saber a donde ir, la banda sonora es una delicia que se te quedaran grabadas. en cuanto habilidades y objetos no esta bien implementado y solo te pondrás objetos que aumenten el ataque y la defensa y solo use una habilidad de fuego con las cartas; la historia no es la mejor de los castlevania ya que pareciera que es un spin off. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2021
    7
    I had a hard time. It was probably the hardest castlevania game I've ever played. Even C3 wasn't that hard. The map of the game tired me aI had a hard time. It was probably the hardest castlevania game I've ever played. Even C3 wasn't that hard. The map of the game tired me a lot. Level design is not very good. Teleport rooms are too far away. Enemies are very difficult, there are enemies that constantly poison and freeze. The bosses were the hardest game bosses I've ever seen in my life. For some reason, our health does not regenerate after bosses. My damage to Bosses is very low, but I take more damage. I don't like the card system, you have to farm it all the time. That's why I was able to collect half of it. You have to farm hearts too. Potions are hard to collect. I wish the game had a shop system. At least I would get potions, I wouldn't spend that much time on bosses. The variety of items was also very less. Game controls weren't good either. Really mediocre compared to Aria and Dawn of Sorrow.To tell the truth. It pushed me so hard. I died hundreds of times, but I finished the game. Still, master players knows how to enjoy this game. And not bad for the year. Expand
  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
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#7 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001