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  • Summary: Battle with swords and whips in this retro-style action game brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates. Play as Zangetsu, a demon slayer bearing a deep grudge, who must travel through perilous lands to defeat a powerful demon lurking in a dark castle. Zangetsu will meetBattle with swords and whips in this retro-style action game brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates. Play as Zangetsu, a demon slayer bearing a deep grudge, who must travel through perilous lands to defeat a powerful demon lurking in a dark castle. Zangetsu will meet fellow travelers along the way, who can join your journey as playable characters. Switching to these characters with their unique abilities will unlock new paths through the treacherous stages. Your choices in recruiting these adventurers will change the difficulty of the game, and may even affect the ending. *Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is the 8-bit style game promised as a stretch goal of the 2015 Kickstarter campaign for "Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night." Expand
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Aug 1, 2019
    87
    From stage design to game systems, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a dream package for Castlevania fans, yet at the same time manages to be interesting for newcomers as well. While story-wise things can sometimes get a little bit too familiar, the new protagonist does add a fresh touch to the formula.
  2. May 27, 2018
    85
    Tiny and yet great, ancient yet new, Curse of the Moon is a pearl that you should not miss out on.
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    85
    It's not easy to build a great game based on a legend of this category, but Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon it's a true homage to the 8-bits Castlevania legacy. Great retro playability with some rescued points of the next game of Koji Igarashi, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Blood. A sort of bastard son between Rondo of Blood, Dracula's Curse and the Julius Mode from Dawn of Sorrow.
  4. Jun 1, 2018
    80
    Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon captures the essence of the NES Castlevania titles wonderfully. It has great levels, tight gameplay, and extra modes that make it more than worthy of its $10 price tag. It may stick to familiar territory, but it’s a great start for a new legacy.
  5. Jun 20, 2018
    75
    Curse of the Moon is a nostalgic trip back to the era of classic Castlevania games, warts and all.
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  1. May 24, 2018
    10
    Absolutely incredible, and signals the true return of Classicvania fans have been waiting for for decades now.

    The difficulty is perfect,
    Absolutely incredible, and signals the true return of Classicvania fans have been waiting for for decades now.

    The difficulty is perfect, allowing anyone to either play casually or play completely hardcore with a Solo Run specifically dedicated to big Castlevania fans who wants to see that brutal difficulty once again.

    Extremely highly recommended, and considering with replay value it's easily worth over 10 hours of pure Castlevania goodness, so the $10 pricetag is a steal!
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  2. May 25, 2018
    10
    The absolute tribute to Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse.
    Awesome gameplay and a great introduction to Bloodstained.
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    This is just like playing Castlevania 3! Platforming action, multiple character routes, big bosses! IntiCreates and IGA have made such anThis is just like playing Castlevania 3! Platforming action, multiple character routes, big bosses! IntiCreates and IGA have made such an incredible tribute to the older Castlevania games; just proving how amazing Ritual of the Night will be. I had so much fun playing this, I'm going to play it again! Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2018
    9
    Great game and it’s only $10 these types of games are super rare nowadays. I just hope the main game can live up to the standard this game has set.
  5. May 25, 2018
    9
    It may not be Castlevania in title, but it's still more of a Castlevania game than anything that's come out in a long time. The 8-bit graphicsIt may not be Castlevania in title, but it's still more of a Castlevania game than anything that's come out in a long time. The 8-bit graphics are superbly drawn and atmospheric, the tunes are catchy, and the gameplay is tough but fun and never frustrating. The game's length may be pretty short, but that doesn't matter when it keeps you playing again and again like the classics it draws inspiration from. Expand
  6. May 26, 2018
    9
    This is the Castlevania game fans of the series have been waiting for. The graphics, controls, sound and music will take you back the NESThis is the Castlevania game fans of the series have been waiting for. The graphics, controls, sound and music will take you back the NES days. The boss battles are fun, unique and challenging. Having the ability to change characters is a really cool feature and that alone provides high replay value on earlier stages. I would recommend this game to anyone who loves retro gaming and especially anyone who loves the glory days of Castlevania. The price is such a great deal too. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2018
    7
    Well made nostalgic platformer, with great pixel art and soundtrack. Curse of the Moon draws heavily from the Nintendo classic Castlevania IIIWell made nostalgic platformer, with great pixel art and soundtrack. Curse of the Moon draws heavily from the Nintendo classic Castlevania III with out the high difficulty of that game. Curse of the Moon remains fun for the few hours the game lasts but the short length of the game might be a detraction for some gamers. I enjoyed the game but also found it way too easy being able to beat the game on my first playthrough on veteran, the game does get more difficult on subsequent play throughs. The length was also a big detractor for me being able to go through the game in about an hour plus was a little on the short side. The game feels like it was a little rushed to the market and with a few more stages and difficulty tweaks it could really of been a retro gaming classic hopefully a sequel is in development and it fixes some of the issues it has. Expand

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