Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
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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.
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.
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.
The wait for Ritual just got a heck of a lot easier.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is an amazing retro game that is familiar and fun.
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.
The 8-bit graphics, the chiptune sound design, and the old-school gameplay harmoniously mix together to make a game that feels like it loaded straight off a cartridge.
"Castlevania's spiritual successor by blood."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
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!
Bloodstained Curse of the Moon is a fantastic title that pays homage to the classics of the Castlevania series, offering a balanced, varied, and very solid title. We look forward to seeing how Ritual of the Night evolves.
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