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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: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. May 30, 2018
    82
    The prospect of playing such a lovingly crafted tribute to the vintage heyday of Konami's seemingly abandoned Castlevania series more than makes up for a few out-of-place boss fights and a slightly too punitive death penalty. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon delivers a brief but effective burst of nostalgia, and thanks to its many creative modifiers it contains enough replay value to engage (and challenge) anyone who pines for gaming's bygone days.
  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. May 25, 2018
    80
    It might not blaze the trail on anything new like a few other recent Inti Creates projects have, but it does exactly what it needs to do, and helps bolster the new legacy of Bloodstained proper before it's even out.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. May 29, 2018
    10
    As a big fan of all castlevania games, not only classics i have drop tears with this game, literally you get transported to the NES eraAs a big fan of all castlevania games, not only classics i have drop tears with this game, literally you get transported to the NES era playing Castlevania 3, this game takes the "spiritual succesor" title and make it 3 times better Expand
  3. May 25, 2018
    10
    Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon brings back the classic style of Castlevania that we didn't know we've been missing for so long. Inspired fromBloodstained: Curse of the Moon brings back the classic style of Castlevania that we didn't know we've been missing for so long. Inspired from the past and with features from current technology, it's a pretty solid game for its low price. The additional characters and extra difficulty modes allow some backtracking and replay value. Expand
  4. May 29, 2018
    9
    Although the Castlevania games of the past, especially from my generation, I can say I was just as surprised that despite the actual teasersAlthough the Castlevania games of the past, especially from my generation, I can say I was just as surprised that despite the actual teasers that I remembered seeing, it took a step back and went to the very beginning, starting with difficulty.

    However, I'm being fair to say that I must deduce a bit from it being a perfect score due to the fact that there were some things I honestly don't understand, let alone the areas that seem to pretty much scream at you that you need to go that way. The so called 'bodies of adventurers past', were not helpful at all, mostly because I wasn't sure how to read them right. (Some were clearly pointing, but there was one that absolutely wasn't. I was very confused by this.) Some enemies I could not get past and the controls were to me at least, sticky. The story didn't exactly make sense, and I could not possibly find any way to enjoy the characters aside from their abilities. (Then again, I'm very picky about that. Like not full biography, but enough to understand them a little.) You can't backtrack in case you missed something.

    Now I've been a long time fan of Castlevania, however the only one I ever beat was SOTN. I have never beaten any other ones due to difficulty and frustrating controls. I hope this is a more honest and up close review that would be heavily considered.
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  5. May 30, 2018
    9
    From the gorgeous 8bit-esque graphics to the incredible chiptune soundtrack, Curse of the Moon acts as an homage to the great CastelvaniaFrom the gorgeous 8bit-esque graphics to the incredible chiptune soundtrack, Curse of the Moon acts as an homage to the great Castelvania games of the NES. The tight controls make the experience worthwhile, and the sheer variety of characters opens up branching paths depending on your roster. Curse of the Moon lacks in the amount of levels, but makes up for it with multiple paths in each level. For the low price, this is a must buy for Castelvania fans. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    8
    Great homage to the classic Castlevania NES games (specifically Castlevania III) but with faster/better control and nice little added touches.Great homage to the classic Castlevania NES games (specifically Castlevania III) but with faster/better control and nice little added touches. It has great replayability and, though it's short (finished the standard and nightmare modes under 5 hours) you keep coming back.
    If you're a fan of the 8bit Castlevania, you can't go wrong with this game, and gives great hope for the next Bloodstained game.
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  7. Jun 8, 2018
    0
    Backed on Kickstarter and still have not received my code.

    Thoroughly disappointed.

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