|Castlevania: Circle of the Moon was one of the launch games for the GBA.|
However, because I am a cheap bastard with limited time on my hands, I didn't get around to playing it until last week, when I found it used at EB for 20 bucks (aside: the service at EB in Square One was great. I am being serious, I was impressed).
If you've played Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, you'll know that it brought the Castlevania series to a whole new level. Basically, they took Metroid, sweetened the graphics, made it midevil, stirred, and came out with awesomeness. (OMG phduffy spelled medieval wrong!!!111).
Anyways, this game starts out when famous Vampire Slaya Morris is captured by Dracula.
His son, whose name I forget, but who we will call Jackass, goes off to save him. You play the part of somebody Belmont or something, and you were training under Morris. He gave you the whip of awesomeness. So, you go around the castle, kill things, get new powers, and are awesome.
In addition to the normal Castlevania weapons (shitty dagger, crappy axe, so-so watch, occaisionally usefull holy water, and sweet as fuck cross), you can also pick up cards from dead monsters. Don't worry, this isn't some pokemon thing. There are attribute cards and ability cards, and you can combine the two to get magic powers, like summoning crows and faeries, combo attacks, or upgrading your whip to a flame sword.
Aside: EB had the GBA Tactics Ogre used, but it was 50 bucks. Nah, that is some boulshit!
Anyways, this game is pretty much awesome. It's somewhat short, but what do you expect? Also, when you finish it, you get a new mode to play in... you can repeat this 4 times, for a total of 5 different modes. Now, once I'd finished the game, i didn't really feel like going back for more, but that's an option.
The graphics are okay but not great. The problem is that since this is supposed to be some dark Castle, it's damn hard to see. If you have an old school GBA, you best be sitting under some direct light.
If I were to rate this game on a scale of 1 to 10 (and I'm going to), I would give it a 7. Definitely worth buying used, or just borrowing from me.
Also, I now really really want to get the next 2 GBA Castlevania games, Harmony of Dissonance, and Aria of Sorrow.
I'm sure these will be followed up with Castlevania: Cry of the Craptasic
and Castlevania: Weranout Of the names