When I started to re-learn about Castlevania: Circle of the moon, I accidentally read through the section about the entire Castlevania series and was like crazy. Two decades ago, we had a game that in terms of complexity is not inferior to the Diablo PC version. Now here I just want to talk about the Circle of the Moon, which is the best and most dramatic part, and also the part with the deepest plot.
|Name||Castlevania: Circle of the moon|
|Console||Game Boy Advance|
Castlevania: Circle of the moon: The War between the Hunters and the Vampires
How will you face the game?
Castlevania: Circle of the moon has non-linear gameplay. This means that at the beginning of the game, you can only go to certain are as of the castle. But when you get more skills, such as kicking the wall, … you will be able to go to other corners of the castle. There are special rooms that help you teleport to other rooms, or you can sometimes come across a few recovery rooms. The locations of these rooms are interchangeable, changing differently the next time when you play again. This is also a way to make a feeling of suspense and surprise in players.
Another point you can easily recognize is that Circle of the Moon is both a scenery-platformer game and a role-playing game. Your character Nathan has many different stats throughout the game: number of enemies defeated, health column, magic score, cooldown column, defense ability, magic points. You need to take a look at all these stats before the scene starts, it will help you a lot.
The common feature of the main characters in the Castlevania series in general as well as the Circle of the moon in particular is the use of whips as the main weapon to attack. There are also some other special weapons like the Ax, Cross, Holy Water, Dagger, and Stopwatch. Before each scene, you can optionally choose to bring one of these items to battle.
When killing an enemy or occasionally appearing in scenes, there will be a Red Heart that can transform into additional health for Nathan’s power or turn into ammunition for weapons (in the case of guns).
It sounds complicated, but it’s just simply that the game tells you where to go, you go there. When the enemy appears, you attack! When the last boss shows up, attack it with all your power! If there’s anything on the way, just collect it because it’s all a score.
The unique story of Castlevania: Circle of the moon
The entire Castlevania series is based on the thousand-year-old conflict of the Belmont Vampire Hunter and the thousand-year-old immortal vampire Dracula. Over many previous developments, the world’s best hunter Belmont Morris Baldwin banished the vampire lord Dracula from the world and imprisoned it deep in an ancient castle with all sorts of shackles and charms. Particularly, in Circle of the Moon, years after that historic event, in 1830, things suddenly took a turn for the worse when Camilla, a former henchman of Dracula, appeared in the castle with the secret to resurrecting its lord.
Right at this critical moment, sensing the strange change from natural phenomena and suggestive signs, Morris, his son Hugh and his student Nathan were at the castle to prevent this terrible thing. But they were one step late. Dracula had truly revived full of energy and resentment. On the other side, Morris over time was already old and was no longer as agile and strong as before. He was easily defeated by Dracula and imprisoned somewhere in the castle. And Nathan and Hugh did not have time to react. Dracula destroyed the floor they were standing on and they fell into the basement of this gloomy castle.
Nathan is the son of a couple who was massacred during the war to expel Dracula and was brought back by Morris as a student. Now, he has been given Hunter Whip to inherit the position of Great Vampire Hunter, continuing his great career in the future. Huge is Morris’s biological son, but he doesn’t have the qualifications to be a good hunter. After watching his father give Nathan a precious honor, he felt unrepentant, so he had resentment with Nathan for a long time.
When they fell together into the dungeon after the vampire’s surprise attack, Hugh and Nathan began arguing. After that, Hugh left to find his father in another way, Nathan stayed and continued to search each room in the castle because he believed that Morris was still around and couldn’t get out and because the dark castle itself is Dracula’s ideal abode.
The longer you play, the more you will realize the depth and logical progression of the story, although the graphics of the old days are quite silly compared to modern games today. Near the end of the game, when Nathan faced off against henchman Camilla, Hugh suddenly appeared and rushed to attack Nathan. First, we thought it was due to the old resentment between them, but Nathan quickly realized that Dracula was controlling Hugh’s mind by taking advantage of his dark thoughts. Nathan quickly defeated and awakened Nathan and disabled Dracula’s charms.
In the final scene, Nathan confronted Dracula, Nathan and Hugh worked together to rescue Teacher/Father Morris and at the same time defeated Dracula, knocked down his castle, and took everything to return to its original position. Nathan and Hugh’s relationship after the war was back to normal and better than before.
Gothic 2D graphics and memorable sounds
Although everything stops at 2D, the unmistakable Gothic style and vivid, dramatic scene designs covered with a menacing color, have made players unable to take their eyes off the screen even for a moment. What Game Boy doesn’t make your hands sweaty while playing this game? Nothing, right?
Compared to retro games of that time, the sound in Castlevania: Circle of the moon belongs to the old class. With a huge, detailed, sharp effect, you can hear the sound of Nathan’s whip when rushing at enemies, the character’s running footsteps, the sound of weapons when fighting with enemies.
These main and side things keep mixing, making you sometimes nervous as being suffocated.
Download Castlevania: Circle of the moon GBA ROM
If you’ve fallen in love with Platformer, Gothic RPG, then you have to play this game again on your mobile at least once! Who knows, from now on you will give up modern games and switch to playing the GBA system. Download Castlevania: Circle of the moon right here.
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