Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2019

Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon is a brilliant ode to one of Castlevania’s best

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Scored Reviews

Nintendo Times
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 28, 2018

Curse of the Moon is the spiritual successor to Dracula’s Curse that no one saw coming. It’s a special game for early fans of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Castlevania series. I think this game will exceed players’ expectations, especially fans of Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden. At only $10, it’s a steal!

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

The night might be dark and full of terrors, but Curse of the Moon gives us some very effective tools to take down the evils that lurk within.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2018

The controls feel right, the challenge is satisfying, the presentation is nostalgic, and there are numerous reasons to keep returning to it.

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Atomix
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 29, 2018

A great return of Koji Igarashi. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is an awesome tribute for the classic Castlevania games.

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Goomba Stomp
8.5 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
Maxwell N
8.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2018

For Castlevania veterans and newcomers alike, Curse of the Moon is a simple and sweet gem that serves not just as a tribute but a fitting continuation of this very specific kind of game. It's not a clone, rather an appropriate successor.

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IGN
8.2 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

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. And this isn't even the "real" Bloodstained! As appetizers go, it's substantial — nearly satisfying enough to be its own main course.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2018
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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 25, 2018

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon keeps the lifeblood of the Castlevania series pumping with a condensed, and appropriately retro homage. 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.

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Screen Rant
Jun 24, 2018

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon may be a prequel to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but functions as a worthy homage to the NES Castlevania games.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 31, 2018

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.

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Kinglink Reviews
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 25, 2018

The perfect game that harkens back to classic days of the NES Castlevanias, with the same feel and style. It has some issues and is clearly made for the already built fan base, it’s still a lot of fun.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 27, 2018

Aside from the repetition, which is, in retrospect, how many gamers got longevity out of old Castlevania games, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a superb game. It is ideal for gamers who want an old-school challenge as well as an old-school game in both aesthetic and design.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jun 4, 2018

Made with affection and artistry, this retro appetiser is a very pleasant surprise.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 27, 2018

Classicvanias and retro action games fans can give a chance to Bloodstained : Curse of the Moon on blind faith. This game is a beautiful, really enjoyable - even if it can considered a bit short - and vibrant tribute to Castlevania III : Dracula's Curse with some great action and platofrming, beautiful 8-Bit graphics and musics, in a new setting that we hope will fulfill ita potential with Ritual of the Night.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 30, 2018

All that said, 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.

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CDavis_Games
Jun 29, 2018

There's a big difference between being inspired by something and flat out copying it. Curse of the Moon copies Dracula's Curse and does a good job of it. So much so, that if you're a fan of Dracula's Curse, you might not even need to play Curse of the Moon. Compare that to Shovel Knight, which combined the best parts of series like Mega Man, Mario, and Ducktails, to be an excellent game in its own right which I recommend to everyone. Personally, I prefer the Shovel Knight approach to retro-inspired games, although Curse of the Moon is a great way to revisit a classic without requiring so much skill and patience to see it through to completion.

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Fintendo
Jun 6, 2018

"Castlevania's spiritual successor by blood."

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Video Chums
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 24, 2018

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon brings back the essence of the 8-bit Castlevania games in a masterful way.

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Generación Xbox
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2018

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a good game to get started in games like Castlevania at an interesting price.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2018

Curse of the Moon is a nostalgic trip back to the era of classic Castlevania games, warts and all.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2018

Curse of the Moon has a fun roster of unique heroes, but the slow-moving action quickly grows stale

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 21, 2018

The wait for Ritual just got a heck of a lot easier.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 30, 2018

As far as throwbacks go, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a worthwhile venture. It captures the essence of yesteryear's classics, while offering numerous options to comfort an audience that might be unfamiliar with that time period. The game is also quite entertaining, and the replay-value is quite high. Still, it is not possible to shake the feeling that something is missing. It's as if the developer decided the safe choice was the right one, and left all of the risk-taking up to the player. Will this game be remembered in thirty years? Only time will tell.

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