• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 10, 2001
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 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 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  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. 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
  4. Marc
    Mar 21, 2004
    9
    Dracula and the Belmonts...some of the most recognisable gaming icons in history. Thankfully...its fun too.
  5. MP83
    Aug 10, 2005
    9
    One of the first GBA games that made me to buy myself a Gameboy Advance couple of years ago (I now own the SP version of it). Castlevania: One of the first GBA games that made me to buy myself a Gameboy Advance couple of years ago (I now own the SP version of it). Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is THAT good. =) Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2019
    8
    One of my favorite GBA games. The card system is very fun to play with and the whole game works and has aged well. I've completed it like 5One of my favorite GBA games. The card system is very fun to play with and the whole game works and has aged well. I've completed it like 5 times already and surely will do it again in the future. 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