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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 meet
    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 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."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    90
    If Konami won't give us our Castlevania fix, at least we know its legacy is in bloody good hands! [Issue #34 – July/August 2018, p. 18]
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    85
    Beautiful pixel art, good music, well designed levels and several endings to promote replay. Only a few more levels and maybe a more modern controls would have improved what's already a game no Castlevania fan should miss.
  3. Jun 5, 2018
    82
    If you miss Castlevania or you can’t wait to play Bloodstained, this is a great choice. A good homage at a good price.
  4. 80
    Curse of the Moon is a very enjoyable old-school Castlevania homage that’s well worth the price of admission—as long as you have nostalgia for those games. Those of you who have no patience for the first three Castlevania games in particular may want to give Curse a wide berth, but I daresay there are systems in place here that may tickle your fancy.
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    More than a retro-inspired mini-game, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon takes influence from the classic Castlevania NES titles and adds many quality-of-life improvements (and a few surprises) to the 8-bit, nostalgia-driven gameplay.
  6. May 31, 2018
    80
    Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon is undoubtedly aimed at a very specific audience, and you’ll know if you’re part of that just by looking at the screenshots. If those, combined with words such as these, make your heart sing, however, it’s definitely worth your time. It’s like Castlevania just decided to come soaring back into all our lives, and how can that ever be a bad thing? Exactly.
  7. May 24, 2018
    78
    Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon brings back the essence of the 8-bit Castlevania games in a masterful way. Even though it's short and has its frustrating moments, long-time fans of the series will find a lot to love here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. May 24, 2018
    10
    An absolute must-have for any fan of the classic Castelvania games. The soundtrack is phenomenal, the game has a lot of replayability, and theAn absolute must-have for any fan of the classic Castelvania games. The soundtrack is phenomenal, the game has a lot of replayability, and the difficulty is just right. Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2019
    10
    For a Castlevania fan this is a perfect game to play. I hope we get to see more from this universe.
    I am glad this kickstarter worked out and
    For a Castlevania fan this is a perfect game to play. I hope we get to see more from this universe.
    I am glad this kickstarter worked out and produced a great game.
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  3. May 26, 2018
    10
    Close to perfection - improves on Castlevania 3 in everyway but game length. From use of characters in the branching path designs, to theClose to perfection - improves on Castlevania 3 in everyway but game length. From use of characters in the branching path designs, to the sprite art, to smoothness of gameplay, game is a pleasure to play. Music is at least as good/better. For 10 bucks the game length is legit. Castlevania 3 is a bit longer/would have loved another level or 2. Literally my only complaint. Just finished it and am starting on Nightmare Mode immediately. Created an account just to rate this. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2018
    8
    Um jogo bom para quem procura um jogo retro. Antes de comprá-lo talvez fosse interessante jogar os "Castlevanias" mais antigos. Comprei paraUm jogo bom para quem procura um jogo retro. Antes de comprá-lo talvez fosse interessante jogar os "Castlevanias" mais antigos. Comprei para apoiar a nova franquia descendente de Castlevania. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2018
    8
    This game has been carefully made to reproduce the classic 8-bit Castlevania experience to perfection and even improve upon the classicThis game has been carefully made to reproduce the classic 8-bit Castlevania experience to perfection and even improve upon the classic formula just enough to not feel so dated. Controls are tight, level design is great and difficulty is balanced. The game is rather short on duration but with 4 characters, multiple paths to take and such a classic gameplay it provides a lot of replay value! Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2020
    8
    The game is hard yet fun. I didn't mind losing all my lives and starting the level again.
    Switching between characters on the fly is a fun
    The game is hard yet fun. I didn't mind losing all my lives and starting the level again.
    Switching between characters on the fly is a fun mechanic.
    The game looks and sounds great in terms of achieving the retro aesthetic.
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  7. Jun 28, 2019
    0
    Clearly most of these reviews were written before the switch release. The switch port suffers on a multitude of levels and the score does notClearly most of these reviews were written before the switch release. The switch port suffers on a multitude of levels and the score does not correctly reflect this. Let me break it down.

    Unresponsive Controls: It controls like a classic NES castlevania NOT like a smooth 2019 metroidvania game. There is lag input and some times, due to this things like a half circle, or jump kick either don't happen or miss.

    The graphics are a disappointment. The game is rendered beautifully and with great polygonal shaders on every port except the switch. On the switch it has reduced particles, muddy skins on all the enemies; and even the cut scenes suffer using super low res skins.

    Crashing: It happens, way too often and this isn't the kind of game that saves your progression automatically. Killing a boss, or farming enemies for an hour; you have to safely transport yourself back to a save point. If you crash along the way; well who values time?

    Graphical glitching: This one is when the graphics tear, or don't even render. I loved the big dramatic reveal when all I saw were literally random colored pixels behind the two low res characters talking. Kinda wish I knew what was going on.

    NO RETURNS DIGITALLY: oh yea it's a Nintendo game. If you bought it, welp no one likes money either right?
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