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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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  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: 16 out of 19
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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Jun 27, 2018
    9
    Un juego con alma de clásico pero que trae consigo un gran frescor, nos recuerda lo mucho que echamos en falta los metroidvania de este corte.
  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. Jun 6, 2018
    8
    Even though Koji Igarashi itself never worked on a NES Castlevania, he nailed it with Bloodstained Curse of the Moon. The game is an excellentEven though Koji Igarashi itself never worked on a NES Castlevania, he nailed it with Bloodstained Curse of the Moon. The game is an excellent execution that combines old school graphics, superb music and a ranging difficulty to please newcomers and hard core veterans alike. The game itself has a uniqueness through the new characters and bosses, but it lacks in the history side and the development of the characters. The game feels rather short with the 9 chapters included, I would have expect longer chapters with more story telling. There is bunch of replay value to explore the different paths that can be taken to complete each chapter including the new game+ mode. All in all a great deal for the current $10 MSRP. Expand
  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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