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- Product InformationKonami's long-running vampire series makes its debut on the Game Boy Advance with Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. On a moonlit evening of 1830, cultist followers of Dracula prepare a ritual to reawaken their dark lord. Aging vampire hunter Morris Baldwin, accompanied by his son Hugh and apprentice Nathan Graves, storm the Austrian castle but are too late to stop the rite.
Camilla, leader of the cult, has just resurrected her master. Wishing to regain his full power in one final rite, Dracula captures Morris. He then hurls young Hugh and Nathan into a deep pit within the dark realms of Castlevania. Hugh, anxious to find his father, leaves Nathan on his own.
As Nathan, the next vampire hunter, you must survive the perils of the legendary castle while attempting to save your master from the powers of Dracula. Nathan carries the traditional whip and sub weapons -- dagger, cross, axe, holy water and stopwatch -- in his quest. Along the way, he can find new abilities, stronger armor, and other items from enemies he has defeated. Killing boss characters can often open up new pathways or allow Nathan to explore deeper regions of the castle.
New to this Castlevania is the DSS (Dual Setup System) card-combining feature. Nathan will find cards along his journey that fall into two categories: Action, named after Roman gods, and Attribute, named for mythical creatures like the cockatrice, griffin, and unicorn. By combining one of eight Action Cards with one of eight Attribute Cards, Nathan can reveal a hidden power.
Save points are located throughout the castle and can be returned to easily with the game's auto-mapping feature. The Save points allow a player to store progress, as Nathan will eventually level up and become stronger as he fights enemies. Only by defeating Dracula's minions and growing in Strength, Intelligence, Defense, and Luck will he become strong enough to defeat the Lord of Darkness himself.
- GameCastlevania: Circle of the Moon
- PlatformNintendo Game Boy Advance
- ESRB RatingT - Teen
- GenreAction, Adventure
- ESRB DescriptorAnimated Blood, Animated Violence, Blood, Mild Violence
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1
- Release Year2001
- Game Special Features
- Find special Attribute and Action cards -- combine for hidden powers
- Find special Attribute and Action cards -- combine for hidden powers
- Game SeriesCastlevania Franchise
Most relevant reviews
- hershmichaFeb 13, 2015by
One of the best GameBoy Advance titles ever released! If you're a fan of Castlevania - Symphony of the Night or Rondo of Blood, then you'll enjoy this fantastic game. The next two GBA Castlevania games may be a bit better, but that doesn't make this a bad game by any means.
- caenvisoJan 09, 2013by
Great product I love it!
I love it, one of the best games, thanks guys! really thanks
Circle of the Moon was positively received, selling a total of one million copies in the month following its North American and European release, 500,000 of which in Japan. It was rated the 108th best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, it is the twelfth-highest rated Game Boy Advance title.
Craig Harris of IGN called Circle of the Moon "one of the best playing Castlevania games released", calling the gameplay "very long and extremely challenging without being frustrating or a chore to zip through". However, he noted that due to the dark graphics, the game was "difficult" to see, and that the character animations looked as though "they've been ripped out of a GBC development".GameSpot.com gave it 9.6 out of 10Read full review
- jmaz3187Mar 19, 2010by
A Castlevania hit
After playing the other 2 games for the GBA trilogy, I felt that playing the first would be fitting to try since Aria of Sorrow and Harmony of Dissonance were really fun portable experiences.
It is a decently long game, taking me about 10 hours to reach the final boss. The map uses much darker texture and colors and to me has more of a castle look and feel to it. Enemies in the game look more intimidating and realistic to me than some of the bright cartoony ones in HOD. So the level design in general seems to have more of a classic Castlevania gameplay look to it. the scenery is more expectant of what a castle should look like in a castlevaina game.
For most people, finding out where to go next and getting to save points should be fair. The castle size is similar to AOS, but with fewer warp points. As I said, this is a challenging game, patience is everything. Enemies can be quick or hit you for a lot of points. So being cautious in avoiding hits and status attacks is important. knowing where save stations are is critical as they will heal you completely. Many rooms, unlike HOD, will be crawling w/ enemies. Learn your dss card system, it really helps. That is if you can find the cards and then figure out the most usefull card combinations for you as you progress in different parts of the game.
Expect bosses to be hard as well. Don't be surprised if you die a few times. Some seem much harder than others, but using dss cards can mean life or death usually. Unlike HOD and AOS, there is no shop so all items must be recovered off defeated foes. Although good item drops are few and far between so it can be very frustrating and near impossible to collect a fair amount of strong recovery potions. There are plenty of hidden areas in the walls throughout the game so make sure to look for them, as they provide you with very helpfull HP and MP increases.
I liked exploring the castle even more in this game. each area of the castle has it own unique look and collection of obstacles in it for the player to overcome. I would highly recommend that before you start the game to go online and figure out how to find the dss cards and what each combination will do. I don't find this cheating really, as it just helps the player to know what to look for because some card combinations will be much more usefull to you than others. Overall rating 90%
- good castle design and look including bosses and enemies. (although animation is a little choppy with some)
- DSS card system is overall well done. it was alot of fun to use and just play around with. Also some DSS abilities are extremely usefull in boss fights
- Sound effects are just as good as the other GBA titles. Music isn't as repetitive as HOD
- IF your looking for a challenging Castlevania, give this a go. Other game modes come available after beating it so if it wasn't hard enough the first time... another challenge awaits
- I just couldn't put the Gameboy down at times, plenty of things you can do
- Some bosses/enemies are a little too ridiculous and just require too much jumping/running to avoid their overwhelming hits
- Item drops could have been a better and more of them
- double tap the d pad to run annoyed me too much
- Subweapons a little useless, except for cross
- "The Arena" is hard, would of been funner to be able to use MP
- Poison/Curses are unnecessarily long
- Need good lighting to see w/ 1st geneation GBA modelsRead full review
- darks00Sep 07, 2009by
Positives and Negatives
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is a challanging yet fun game. One of Dracula's followers, Camillia, has resurrected Dracula and you are Nathan, trying to save your master from Dracula's grasp. At the same time your trying to find him, you have a rivary of a jealous 'friend' named Hugh.
Positives of game:
Good story line
I love this game!
Negatives of game:
The map is so huge that it is so easy to get lost
Some enemies are so cheap that it gets you mad
It's a hard game
It's gory (negative to some people)
Graphics aare old school (negative to some people)
Now, this game is rated T for a reason - this game is gory (bloody) and can be scary to some people, including the enemies. The graphics are old school which some people hate. I believe this game is for the age 12 and up and I think it is worth buying.
Hope this review helped! This is darks, have a great day.Read full review
- gullyfoyle777Dec 10, 2013by
I bought this game because I love Castlevania. I find the card system irritating. But at least it is different I guess. I don't think the music is as good in this one as say Harmony of Dissonance. But I am happy with it and it is fun.