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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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  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: 18 out of 21
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  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 21, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A must play.

    Great retro graphics, sounds, TIGHT controls and honestly the music is Castlevania SOTN levels sometimes.

    The game truly reveals itself when you finish it, as the Nightmare mode unlocks. I know it's rote to say this, but it TRULY felt a 2D Dark Souls, even more so thank Salt & Sanctuary, You need to follow strict patterns, learn each boss and play like a PRO to finish that mode.

    And after that, it gets even harder. I rate this as good as Shovel Knight. GET IT!
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  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. Aug 24, 2018
    9
    If you loved classic Castlevania side scrollers than this game is almost perfect. It captures the sound, graphics, and challenging gameplayIf you loved classic Castlevania side scrollers than this game is almost perfect. It captures the sound, graphics, and challenging gameplay from the NES era in a perfectly paced games. Buy it. Beat it in a few hours and then try again on Nightmare mode. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2018
    9
    A castlevania inspired game what more can you ask for. It has that classic N.E.S. look in the graphic department and plays just like one. ItA castlevania inspired game what more can you ask for. It has that classic N.E.S. look in the graphic department and plays just like one. It gives the option to play as a casual or veteran depending on your choice. Controls are on point and any mistakes are defiantly on the player. Music is par nothing to great. Gameplay offers a variety of options depending on the character you play as. It will take about 3-5 hours to beat it in one go depending on the level you chose. That's not a bad thing as there are branching paths and a variety of endings depending on if you kill, pass, or join the characters you cross paths with. All in All I recommend this game to veterans of Castlevania 1-3 and newcomers who are looking into action side scrolling games. 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. Aug 2, 2018
    5
    Overall a competent throwback that has more than most games from the time it's emulating but still feels lacking compared to contemporaryOverall a competent throwback that has more than most games from the time it's emulating but still feels lacking compared to contemporary games.

    Also, while I backed it on Kickstarter it took me weeks to get my code after non-backers were able to purchase.
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