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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: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. 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: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 28, 2018
    10
    This is literally a dream come true for Castlevania fans. The word "spiritual successor" is often used when describing retro-inspired indieThis is literally a dream come true for Castlevania fans. The word "spiritual successor" is often used when describing retro-inspired indie games, but I don't think that description does this game justice. Its almost too faithful in style and gameplay to be called a "spiritual successor", this feels like an actual recovered sequel to Castlevania 3, a polished game from the NES era lost in time. But somehow its a new game. If you are a fan of classic Castlevania, this is the game you have been waiting for. 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 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. 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
  5. Aug 13, 2018
    8
    Um jogo bom para quem procura um jogo retro. Antes de comprá-lo talvez fosse interessante jogar os "Castlevanias" mais antigos. Comprei paraUm jogo bom para quem procura um jogo retro. Antes de comprá-lo talvez fosse interessante jogar os "Castlevanias" mais antigos. Comprei para apoiar a nova franquia descendente de Castlevania. 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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