Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

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    Sorry for the delay guys, as some of you know I have been very ill of late, and yesterday was particularly bad for me. That being said, the show must go on:

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    [+] Sorry for the delay guys, as some of you know I have been very ill of late, and yesterday was particularly bad for me. That being said, the show must go on:

    12 Days Left!

    Today's game is 悪魔城ドラキュラ Circle of the Moon (Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, or just 'Castlevania' in PAL territories), an action platformer title created by Konami only for the Game Boy Advance and released in 2001. It was later ported in 2014 (2015 for the EU) to the Wii U Virtual Console as a digital download. Originally published as a launch title for the GBA, Circle of the Moon is the last Castlevania game to use the series' original logo, which had been longstanding in all prior games for the past fifteen years.

    Taking place in 1830, Circle of the Moon is set in one of the fictional universes of the Castlevania series. The premise of the original series is the eternal conflict between the vampire hunters of the Belmont clan and the immortal vampire Dracula. Circle of the Moon‍ '​s protagonist, however, is Nathan Graves, whose parents died a decade ago to banish Dracula. Morris Baldwin, who helped in Dracula's banishment, trained him to defeat Dracula and the monsters; Morris ultimately chose him as his successor and gave him the "Hunter Whip", to the displeasure of Hugh, Morris' son who trained alongside him.

    Circle of the Moon makes use of a 2D side-scrolling style of gameplay, similar to many of the previous Castlevania video games. The objective of Circle of the Moon is to lead player character Nathan Graves through a monster-filled castle as he searches for his kidnapped mentor. Like many of the previous Castlevania protagonists, Nathan uses a whip to attack and defeat enemies, alongside secondary weapons—an axe, cross, holy water, dagger and stopwatch—only one of which may be carried at any time by the player. Hearts, typically found within candles, determine the amount of any secondary weapon carried by him. Circle of the Moon follows a nonlinear style of gameplay: at the beginning of the game, Nathan can only traverse certain areas of the castle; by obtaining various abilities, such as becoming able to run, double jump, and wall kick, he gradually explores the castle. He will also encounter rooms with the ability to teleport him across portions of the castle and rooms which will restore his health and allow the player to save his or her progress in the game. The game also automatically updates the castle map to reflect Nathan's progress through it.

    Circle of the Moon incorporates elements found in role-playing games. Nathan possesses various statistics: hit points, the amount of damage he can withstand before dying; magic points, how often he can cast a magical attack; strength, the power of his physical attack; defense, his resilience to damage inflicted by the monsters; intelligence, the recovery speed of magic points; and luck, the frequency with which items are dropped by enemies. Defeated enemies drop various items and equipment, and provide experience points; after reaching a predetermined amount of experience points, Nathan will level up, and his statistics will improve. The defeat of boss enemies allows the player to acquire new abilities to progress further in the game.

    Unique to Circle of the Moon is the Dual Set-up System (DSS), based on magic cards found throughout the game that belong to one of two categories: Action and Attribute. Each of the ten Action card takes its name from one of the gods and goddesses from Roman mythology, and determines the type of magic being performed, while the ten Attribute cards take their names from creatures from Greek and Roman mythology, and add an effect to the magic. To produce a magical effect, the player combines one card from each of the two categories, for a total of one hundred different combinations.

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    whisper2053 said 6 months ago 6 comments Like this (2) Report
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    • @YORGOS Everything I have here on my Legacy profile's collection page is something I'm playing on original hardware. I love my classics :)

      whisper2053 said 6 months ago

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    • I think people saw 32-bit and just jumped the gun, to be honest. I mean, in all fairness, the INTELLIVISION was 'technically' a 16-bit system. Did it hold a candle to the SFC/MD/PCE? Lol, no. There's far more at work than just the bit level :)

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  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

    Holy *expletive deleted*, grinding for that Pluto card is ridiculous.

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    Any Castlevania fans?

    I've always liked it, but I haven't played more than 5 games.

    I would like to get familiar with the storyline.

    YORGOS said 2 years ago 13 comments Like this Report
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    • And in the "normal" Castlevania universe Dracula was born when .... Leon Belmont and Mathias Cronqvist were best friends, Mathias Cronqvist's wife died and he blame God for it and want to take some kind of revenge against God. Walter a vampire, kidnaps Leon's girlfriend and Leon went to the rescue. Leon finds a old man called Rinaldo and he gave Leon a whip able to kill monsters. Leon went inside the castle to rescue his girlfriend and found out that she was bitten by Walter. Leon tried to kill Walter using the whip but the whip was not strong enought. Now back at Rinaldo's place, Leon's girlfriend is about to became a vampire, Rinaldo told Leon some story about the whip, telling him that the whip is incomplete and the only way to be completed is........ well I don't remember the thing is that Leon had to kill her girlfriend before she turned into a vampire, after that the Vampire Killer Whip was born, Leon went to Walter again and Killed him. Now Mathias revealed himself as the person who planed everything. Now with Walter dead Mathias took his souls and there, Dracula was born and Leon told him that the Belmont clan will hunt him (Dracula) forever. Select text to reveal spoiler
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      Well something like that happened I dont remember very well LOL I told the story in my own words.

      000Hedgehog000 said 2 years ago

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    • Nice, thanks.

      I'll play em games.

      YORGOS said 2 years ago

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  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

    Over 95% of the map uncovered. Just the rest of the Arena, and the final boss to go.

  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

    Over 90% of the map uncovered. Forgot how difficult the Arena can be...

    MMJuno said 3 years ago 5 comments Like this Report
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

    Making progress on a new play through of this. Over 80% of the map uncovered. Finished off Death and Camilla.

    MMJuno said 3 years ago 1 comment Like this Report
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    I only need Castlevania Blood Lines to finish my collection :D

    000Hedgehog000 said 3 years ago 4 comments Like this Report
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    It's worth to finish this?

    Final_Frank said 4 years ago 2 comments Like this Report
    • Every Metroidvania games are worth finishing.

      galeforce99 said 4 years ago

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    • That's actually the only GBA castlevania that i haven't finished... the last boss is so freaking infuriating :[

      D2Synua said 4 years ago

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    The Zombie Dragon is officially a *expletive deleted*. I will kill you damn it!

    DrLeatherface said 4 years ago 1 comment Like this (3) Report

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