Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night
By Konami Digital Entertainment
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Take control of Alucard, son of Dracula, and experience Castlevania in a whole new way on the iPhone/
iPod Touch with Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night! Konami brings you a truly innovative Puzzle-RPG system
Developed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch, an exciting first for the Castlevania series!
Featured and Highlights:
Play as and against characters from Symphony of the Night
Share your achievements with friends on Facebook!
Play songs from your own music library during battles
Over 20 hours of gameplay in Story Mode
Dozens of unique enemies to fight and over one hundred items to collect
Over 20 honors to earn
What's New in Version 1.0.11
- added "Tell a Friend" feature
My favorite game of the genre
I'm not particularly addicted to puzzle games. I thought Tetris was overrated. I haven't played Bejeweled or its sequel(s?) on phones or Facebook. That said, I do like this. I think it's the character building aspect that has me hooked. I enjoy trying different character builds for different play strategies. My current is focused on magic, for example. I have no complaints in regards to what's offered in the game. If I were Konami, I'd strongly consider adding a two player mode. This game screams for the ability to pit one player's character against another. It screams for it. Screams. Anyway, if you're into puzzle games, especially of the versus battle variety, you really can't go wrong here. You'd be hard pressed to find one with better sound and graphics, and the play control is spot on. In the price spectrum of iApps, $5.00 isn't really in the "Just give it a try" end of the spectrum, but I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you're not a puzzle fan but are a Castlevania fan, and you're just here because of the SotN background, I don't think there are enough Castlevania gameplay elements to please you. If you don't like puzzle games, the level raising and combat mechanics of the duels won't really satisfy, so I'd hold off for the inevitable platformer. Castlevania's their cash cow, and everyone likes vampires these days, so you know one is coming.
... But Enough Talk. Have At It!
It doesn't make any sense that someone would give this game a bad rating because of what it isn't, as opposed to what it is and claims to be. "Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night" is a puzzle game, and an exceptional one at that. At first, I mistook it as a block-puzzle game that was stealing from the likes of Tetris and Bejeweled... and it is, but its role-playing game elements, and Castlevania theme elevate it to something great. All of Symphony of the Night's marvelous tracks have been reproduced spectacularly and the castle, and its inhabitants, are as insane as always. The story has been watered down, and dialogue (text-based) isn't accurate to SotN, but the tale is still true to its outline. Spells are the greatest thing that this game has to offer. They change the pace of every battle completely. They are what truly makes this game different from its block-puzzle predecessors. I'm about 42% through with the story mode after about 4 1/2 hours of gameplay, which I've casually spread out in the course of three months. I haven't explored the other game mode, "Arcade Mode," but I can't wait to, once I've complete the story mode. If you're a true fan Castlevania, who adores the characters, music, and universe, unlike the angry children who've rated this app 1 star, you'll agree with this review... But enough talk. Have at it!
The Mortal Kombat 2 of puzzle games
To clear things up from other reviews, this game has much more in common with Dr. Mario than it does with Super Puzzle Fighter games. The main mechanic is using two-block pieces to try and set up chains of combos in order to fill your opponents' screen and beat them. That's where the similarity ends.
This is one of the most unbalanced games I've ever played. I am finishing it up now, but playing it only brings MK2 to mind. The CPU opponents can come back from almost any attack, unless you one-shot them or just get lucky with drops. Using the right spells helps, but only so much. It still comes down to you vs. The computer. Once you get towards the end game, the CPU starts making matches faster than humanly possible, to the point that you can almost fill their board to the top and they will still perform perfectly and clear it. There is one fight in particular where the boss does 150+ damage to you every 15-20 seconds (about 1/5 of your life at the highest levels), on top of setting off 10-15 combo chains. It becomes less of a game and more of a chore to play against the all-knowing computer. Couple that with poor controls and it's just a complete disaster. I bought this because SOTN is the greatest game of all time. Encore of the Night is one of the worst. Avoid it.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Aug 23, 2010
- Version: 1.0.11
- Size: 23.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Konami Digital Entertainment
- ©2010 Konami Digital Entertainment KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.