Recently, more and more classic games are seen returning in the spotlight. But this time, they’re trying to conquer the mobile gaming industry. Classic and popular ones such as Sonic, Tetris, GTA: San Andreas and Mega Man are among these games that lets you get back to your childhood.
And after more than 2 decades since it was first released for the PlayStation, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night APK returns but this time in the small screen. Considered as one of the best games Konami has ever made, everything you loved from this game is right here. But this time, they added some elements to make the gameplay smoother and more suitable for mobile gaming. Curious to know more? Read on!
The Classic Gameplay
For fans of the original beloved game, they’re sure to rejoice knowing this game is now available for mobile devices. But for retro-lovers looking for something new to play while having that old-school gameplay, this is your game.
This game’s story is as entertaining as the gameplay itself. It starts off after the events of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. After the main protagonist Alucard defeated the demon king Dracula, he suddenly vanished. Like with any plot, the demon king suddenly returned 4 years later plotting to destroy the world as we know it. As you know, you play the character of Alucard which is part of the Hellsing Organization. Your task is to go on an endearing quest to take down Dracula once and for all. And you start by going to the Dracula Castle. Pretty convenient, right?
Things get pretty confusing after you discover the fact that the owner of the current demon king’s castle was Richter Belmon. If you didn’t know, Richter was the one who defeated Dracula 4 years earlier. Alucard helped Richter remember what happened 4 years ago because his memory seems to have been altered. Then, an unknown person suddenly appears and says that once Richter is freed, Dracula will be revived. Alucard then sets off to destroy things before it gets worst.
Features of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
If the old-school pixelated look of this game turns you off, don’t worry. There are a lot of features this game has to offer that more than compensates for this. Besides, this 8-bit pixel graphics are what gives players the retro vibes. So, here are the features:
The Castlevania: Symphone of the Night stays true to what it was more than 20 years ago. Konami retained all the original elements that made this game so special for millions of players. The gameplay is 2D platformer adventure style where you fight with enemies using physical and magic attacks. What makes this even easier is the fact that there’s a virtual gamepad right at your screen similar to how it was played back then. The only difference is that this time, the controls are much easier as you can just tap a button to do different attacks. Aside from that, this game supports gamepads so you can play this game with even less effort. As Alucard, you can move forward, backward, crouch and jump your way through the castle while destroying any enemy that blocks your path.
Weapons and skills
One of the main elements of this game are the diverse weapons and skills. Aside from the physical fighting mechanic, the game features special skills which allows your character to transform to mist, wolf or a bat. These can definitely help you access narrow places or secret spots that you normally wouldn’t be able to do so with your normal form. Aside from these, as you fight and progress the story, you can get points to upgrade attributes for your character. You can combine attributes to unlock up to 8 different magic skills. As for the weapons, you can use the ever-trusty whip or unlock new ones such as a sword a bow or something else.
Classic graphics and sounds
If you’re a fan of the original game on PlayStation, this game would give you goosebumps. That’s because Castlevania: Symphony of the Night stayed true to the original game complete with the graphics and the sound. The background, characters, and the combat effects are all the same like it was more than 20 years ago. And as for the music, you get treated to the musical genius of Michiru Yamane with 34 soundtracks to get you pumped up for action.
As every game nowadays features multiplayer, this game does the opposite. It doesn’t have multiplayer feature but you can play it even without internet connection. That’s rare nowadays even in mobile phones but it’s just what some people need. Because you may not always have an access to an internet signal, you can’t play your favorite multiplayer games. But Castlevania: Symphony of the Night begs to differ.
Tips for Playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
How hard can playing an old game be? Well, if you’re like most gamers, you’d say that it isn’t hard. But that’s not at all true. In fact, you’ll quickly discover that this game has a lot of challenging aspects to it that adds to the overall enjoyment. Want to get good at it? Here are some tips:
Master Alucard’s diverse moves
The key to almost any action-fighting game is to master your character’s moves. This is true as well for this game. Alucard has some interesting physical attacks as well as a weapons system. He typically uses his whip and you can see a lot of players use this simultaneously as they jump. You also need to master the crouch and punch combo in order to evade enemy attacks while still going in on the offensive. Aside from those, you need to master and know the special skills he has like being able to transform into a bat or other things. Practice is definitely the key here.
In this game, you can also buy items that you can use to upgrade or add new skills to your belt. As much as possible, try to experiment with a lot of them. You never know when one is going to help you defeat Dracula!