Last month Konami made a cryptic announcement about an iPhone exclusive Castlevania game in the works. Billed as a "action-puzzle RPG", we weren't really sure what to expect of the game. Well, a trailer was posted on IGN today that shows quite a bit of gameplay, but I'm still left scratching my head as to why Konami is utilizing the Castlevania IP by releasing a block matching game instead of... anything else.

With gameplay very similar to Capcom's Puzzle Fighter games, players will make their way through a puzzle adaptation of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, battling monsters with split screen block battles. I'm anxious to take a look at this game when it's finally released on the App Store, and doubt I'm alone in hoping that there's more to Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night than a tired matching mechanic with heaps of Castlevania fan service.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    gah, that's disappointing.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    gah, that's disappointing.

  • Cookies

    I'm not sure if I'm happy, because this is essentially a castlevania-y mask for street fighter puzzle, or very dissapointed that it's not just a port of Simon's quest.

  • Cookies

    I'm not sure if I'm happy, because this is essentially a castlevania-y mask for street fighter puzzle, or very dissapointed that it's not just a port of Simon's quest.

  • christine

    aww it seems that its just gonna be a puzzle-rpg game.. sigh.. they could've done it better than that...

  • christine

    aww it seems that its just gonna be a puzzle-rpg game.. sigh.. they could've done it better than that...

  • Noman

    Why can't they just give us a real castlevania game?

    • MrMuesli

      Having both a DS and Castlevania OoE myself (which I love) I can't imagine it on the iPhone. Some of those bosses are pretty unforgiving, and imprecise controls are the last thing you need, imho.

      • iPhone User

        Speaking of imprecise controls, can someone remind when tetris-style puzzlers have worked on the iPhone?

  • Noman

    Why can't they just give us a real castlevania game?

    • MrMuesli

      Having both a DS and Castlevania OoE myself (which I love) I can't imagine it on the iPhone. Some of those bosses are pretty unforgiving, and imprecise controls are the last thing you need, imho.

      • iPhone User

        Speaking of imprecise controls, can someone remind when tetris-style puzzlers have worked on the iPhone?

  • Bosconian

    OK, I'm not thrilled about it being a puzzle game.

    But the video looked kinda good. I mean it's basically Puzzle Quest with Castlevania art and music. Could be good.

    And besides, how good would real CV be with TS controls?

  • Bosconian

    OK, I'm not thrilled about it being a puzzle game.

    But the video looked kinda good. I mean it's basically Puzzle Quest with Castlevania art and music. Could be good.

    And besides, how good would real CV be with TS controls?

  • Mindfield

    Meh. Popular IP used to reskin Columns with added "RPG" type elements. Next.

  • Mindfield

    Meh. Popular IP used to reskin Columns with added "RPG" type elements. Next.

  • Howard

    Bad show for Castlevania fans. Still...I love puzzle fighter, hopefully this will be a solid PF-type game!

  • Howard

    Bad show for Castlevania fans. Still...I love puzzle fighter, hopefully this will be a solid PF-type game!

  • MidianGTX

    I must have played through Symphony of the Night about... five billion times by now, but not even total blind fanboyism is enough to persuade me this game is worth playing.

  • MidianGTX

    I must have played through Symphony of the Night about... five billion times by now, but not even total blind fanboyism is enough to persuade me this game is worth playing.

  • Rob

    They should be ashamed that this bears the Castlevania name.

  • Rob

    They should be ashamed that this bears the Castlevania name.

  • Xurkey

    I for one will be getting this. Hopefully there's some type of leaderboards!

  • Xurkey

    I for one will be getting this. Hopefully there's some type of leaderboards!

  • Joe

    THE MUSIC !!!! wow brings back memories....i dunno ill give the game a chance , and its not puzzle fighter perse more along the lines of Mortal Kombat deceptions puzzle mode where its just matching 3 or more like colors Puzzle fighter was only game to let you stack your blocks and form one giant block , god puzzle fighter is amazing haha....

  • Joe

    THE MUSIC !!!! wow brings back memories....i dunno ill give the game a chance , and its not puzzle fighter perse more along the lines of Mortal Kombat deceptions puzzle mode where its just matching 3 or more like colors Puzzle fighter was only game to let you stack your blocks and form one giant block , god puzzle fighter is amazing haha....

  • foolishwolf

    Hate me for it, but I will buy anything Castlevania. Love the music and old school feel of the series. And this will be a nice pickup while I wait for a real Castlevania to come out somewhere. SOLD.

  • foolishwolf

    Hate me for it, but I will buy anything Castlevania. Love the music and old school feel of the series. And this will be a nice pickup while I wait for a real Castlevania to come out somewhere. SOLD.

  • Slusho

    "The FIRST Castlevania game on the iPhone"

    Uh, no. This is not a Castlevania game. It's a match 3 puzzle.

  • Slusho

    "The FIRST Castlevania game on the iPhone"

    Uh, no. This is not a Castlevania game. It's a match 3 puzzle.

  • 505mcasias

    Yeah, I guess buying a dingoo a320 should be on all of your list. Look it up and let me know. I have 3 gba versions 3 nes versions 2 snes versions 2 regular gameboy versions 1 genesis version, and 1 arcade version of castlevania I play on the go. System also has a tv out. Check out my profile on YouTube 505mcasias for a closer look at the system.

  • 505mcasias

    Yeah, I guess buying a dingoo a320 should be on all of your list. Look it up and let me know. I have 3 gba versions 3 nes versions 2 snes versions 2 regular gameboy versions 1 genesis version, and 1 arcade version of castlevania I play on the go. System also has a tv out. Check out my profile on YouTube 505mcasias for a closer look at the system.

  • Boris

    Why, Konami? What did I do to you? This is not "The FIRST Castlevania game on the iPhone". This is another shitty block matcher clone with Castlevania sprites plastered on it, coupled with the badly written dialog that we all know and, if not love, tolerate because it's USUALLY made up for with good gameplay.

    WHYYY

  • Boris

    Why, Konami? What did I do to you? This is not "The FIRST Castlevania game on the iPhone". This is another shitty block matcher clone with Castlevania sprites plastered on it, coupled with the badly written dialog that we all know and, if not love, tolerate because it's USUALLY made up for with good gameplay.

    WHYYY

  • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

    first they bastardized the name with a crappy fighting game on the wii...and now this. i'm holding out for the castlevania kart racer in 2011.

  • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

    first they bastardized the name with a crappy fighting game on the wii...and now this. i'm holding out for the castlevania kart racer in 2011.

  • ecco6t9

    After you beat the game the original version will unlock. Just hoping for that.

  • ecco6t9

    After you beat the game the original version will unlock. Just hoping for that.

  • Achy

    @ ecco6t9

    Keep dreaming.

    This is just stupid, but KONAMI might just be trying to see how much of a fanbase CV has on the iDevice users. If there are enough people who'd get it just for the name (sadly, I'm one of 'em), then who knows, maybe a real port might come..

  • Achy

    @ ecco6t9

    Keep dreaming.

    This is just stupid, but KONAMI might just be trying to see how much of a fanbase CV has on the iDevice users. If there are enough people who'd get it just for the name (sadly, I'm one of 'em), then who knows, maybe a real port might come..

  • Ahmed

    OMG my All time favourite series...

    Why did you do this to castlvania Konami....WHHHHHY!!!

  • Ahmed

    OMG my All time favourite series...

    Why did you do this to castlvania Konami....WHHHHHY!!!

  • hon

    But I want the original Puzzle Fighter graphics!

  • hon

    But I want the original Puzzle Fighter graphics!