Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Reviews

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Unscored
Jul 9, 2019

I ask you to assess whether it is worth paying 10 euros for 2 hours of play, or you prefer to invest them in others whose duration is longer. In any case, if you are lovers of retro, go for it because it will make you spend an entertaining mini afternoon.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2019

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is an amazing retro game that is familiar and fun.

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Unscored
Jan 15, 2019

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

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8.6 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

I had a feeling that Curse of the Moon would be a title that I was going to enjoy, but I wasn’t aware of how much I would immediately love this game.

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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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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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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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7 / 10
Jun 21, 2018

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

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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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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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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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85 / 100
Jun 8, 2018

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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Jun 6, 2018

"Castlevania's spiritual successor by blood."

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80 / 100
Jun 4, 2018

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

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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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William Haderlie
Jun 1, 2018

Init Creates and IGA did not have to go to this extent to make this backer stretch goal. The music is really good, even if it’s not quite as memorable as some other 8-bit retro games like Shovel Knight. And the enemy designs and general artwork are second to none in the retro space. If this game actually came out during the NES era we would still be talking about it today. But what it also does amazingly well is build up the anticipation for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night far above what it already was. I am not alone among the internet in expressing the sentiment that if this is what they produce with the prequel game, I cannot wait to see the final product. This is some next level advertising for a game, any way you think about it. While this game was free to backers, it is also only selling for $9.99 to everyone else. That is absurd value even if the game only takes about two hours to run through your first time. And like I said, there is quite a bit of replay value to be had even before you are just going through it again for fun (which is also very likely). I have zero intention of ever deleting this game from my Switch, not only because it takes up very little space (15MB), but it will just be fun to pull it up and start from the beginning when I’m taking a flight somewhere.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2018
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8 / 10.0
May 31, 2018

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.

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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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Cubed3
Top Critic
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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