One of the most classic game franchises of all time, Castlevania, finally made its long awaited debut on the iPhone last month, but not exactly as fans had expected. Rather than the action-oriented, whip-lashing platformer that we've grown up with the last two decades, the iPhone iteration of Castlevania appeared as a match 3 puzzle game with RPG elements.

Dubbed Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night [$1.99], the game takes place during the same timeframe as one of the most heralded entries in the series, Symphony of the Night. The majority of the game content stayed faithful to its inspiration in regards to equipment, enemies, and overall style, but the realtime fighting and platforming had been replaced with gem matching battle sequences reminiscent of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. After the initial disappointment of Castlevania Puzzle not being the type of game we were used to, looking past that aspect and judging the game on what it is meant to be revealed a fun RPG puzzler with a wealth of content to play through.

While we really liked the game in our review, opinions remain mixed amongst fans in our forums. If you were ever on the fence about purchasing Castlevania Puzzle, it just got a whole lot cheaper to take the dive and check out the game for yourself. Konami is having a 60% off “Back to School” sale on the game, dropping it in price from $4.99 to $1.99. If you're a Castlevania fan you'll likely get two dollars worth of enjoyment out of the presentation alone, and if you're a puzzle battling fan there are very solid game mechanics in place for some satisfying battles against the computer. If you're a fan of both, then this is a very good deal for the amount of content it contains, and I recommend checking out Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night during this limited time sale.

  • psyc

    It has horrible controls, and the animations are very choppy. The animations look like they are fan made rather than something by Konami, or at the very least something that belongs on a dumbphone. I bought it on day one because I'm such a Castlevania nut but this game was just not done very well. Doesn't have a fraction of the allure that Puzzle Quest does.

    • RttaM

      Please, Stop your bitching and grow a pair.

      • AJ

        Actually I appreciated the blunt honesty, helped me decide on getting it or not.

    • mike

      so... now you know why it wasn't selling...

      hence the price drop

    • JJ

      Psyc,

      Thanks for your honest thoughts. Useful to me too.

      Ignore that a$$hole RttaM

  • psyc

    It has horrible controls, and the animations are very choppy. The animations look like they are fan made rather than something by Konami, or at the very least something that belongs on a dumbphone. I bought it on day one because I'm such a Castlevania nut but this game was just not done very well. Doesn't have a fraction of the allure that Puzzle Quest does.

    • RttaM

      Please, Stop your bitching and grow a pair.

      • AJ

        Actually I appreciated the blunt honesty, helped me decide on getting it or not.

    • mike

      so... now you know why it wasn't selling...

      hence the price drop

    • JJ

      Psyc,

      Thanks for your honest thoughts. Useful to me too.

      Ignore that a$$hole RttaM

  • JCat

    Graphically, old school Castlevania - nothing special on the iphone/touch and even worse in 2X on iPad, but it if you liked Puzzle Quest, it's similarly addictive, and actually has more depth. Personally, I having a blast with it, especially for $1.99 :-). If you want Simon to kick some skeleton ass and hang from chandeliers, sorry..not this time around.

  • JCat

    Graphically, old school Castlevania - nothing special on the iphone/touch and even worse in 2X on iPad, but it if you liked Puzzle Quest, it's similarly addictive, and actually has more depth. Personally, I having a blast with it, especially for $1.99 :-). If you want Simon to kick some skeleton ass and hang from chandeliers, sorry..not this time around.

  • Shibuya_109

    Obviously this is a cheap game in every sense of the world - recycled music and visuals galore. But it's a fun enough columns clone with some added puzzle quest style depth.

    Personally I prefer it to Puzzle Quest, although that's partly due to PQ being such a weak port on the iPhone.

  • Shibuya_109

    Obviously this is a cheap game in every sense of the world - recycled music and visuals galore. But it's a fun enough columns clone with some added puzzle quest style depth.

    Personally I prefer it to Puzzle Quest, although that's partly due to PQ being such a weak port on the iPhone.

  • Jarop

    Special doesn't appear to be on stores outside of US... at least for the moment

  • Jarop

    Special doesn't appear to be on stores outside of US... at least for the moment

  • Mintey

    The trailer says 'the first Castlevania game on iPhone'... Could it mean they're planning to make other's too? ö.Ö

  • Mintey

    The trailer says 'the first Castlevania game on iPhone'... Could it mean they're planning to make other's too? ö.Ö

  • george

    lets have a true vania game on ipad please Konami.

  • george

    lets have a true vania game on ipad please Konami.

  • Coffinfeeder

    I think I'll just play SotN on psx4all rather than play this joke of a castlevania game.

  • Coffinfeeder

    I think I'll just play SotN on psx4all rather than play this joke of a castlevania game.

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  • Quebec Rage

    First: It's not a CastleVania game (old school), that's not what Konami has in mind at all. It's like saying that Sonic Drift is a Sonic game. It simply use characters and stuff from the franchise for another type of game.

    Second: Please stop comparing with Puzzle Quest. If you want to compare the genre it's way more like Super Puzzle Fighter II.

    My review: The game offers plenty of playtime (I'd say 15-20 hours), controls are not bad at all (once you get to use your two thumbs) and the addiction of doing 100.00% is the same as SoTN (even through it's not the same genre). Personnaly I love the game, the fact that it's like revisiting SoTN (for enemies and equipments).

    At 1.99$ it's a game that either needs to be discovered by ''match-3'' lovers and tried for CastleVania lovers who like puzzle games.

    • JCat

      Yes, the jewel manipulation is very much Puzzle Fighter/Columns, not Bejeweled, however, the reason why many including myself (I'm assuming your correction was based on my message) associate this with Puzzle Quest is because of its "RPG-like" elements (earning weapons, spells etc.). If Konami wasn't influenced by PQ, it would have been a bare bones battle like Puzzle Fighter. I guess you can say it's a combination of both ideas.

  • Quebec Rage

    First: It's not a CastleVania game (old school), that's not what Konami has in mind at all. It's like saying that Sonic Drift is a Sonic game. It simply use characters and stuff from the franchise for another type of game.

    Second: Please stop comparing with Puzzle Quest. If you want to compare the genre it's way more like Super Puzzle Fighter II.

    My review: The game offers plenty of playtime (I'd say 15-20 hours), controls are not bad at all (once you get to use your two thumbs) and the addiction of doing 100.00% is the same as SoTN (even through it's not the same genre). Personnaly I love the game, the fact that it's like revisiting SoTN (for enemies and equipments).

    At 1.99$ it's a game that either needs to be discovered by ''match-3'' lovers and tried for CastleVania lovers who like puzzle games.

    • JCat

      Yes, the jewel manipulation is very much Puzzle Fighter/Columns, not Bejeweled, however, the reason why many including myself (I'm assuming your correction was based on my message) associate this with Puzzle Quest is because of its "RPG-like" elements (earning weapons, spells etc.). If Konami wasn't influenced by PQ, it would have been a bare bones battle like Puzzle Fighter. I guess you can say it's a combination of both ideas.

  • http://www.gamma-beam.com Gabriel

    I want this on non-US store! Come on Konami, why is it taking so long?!

    • Fred

      Yes, unfortunately it is not reduced in Germany.

  • http://www.gamma-beam.com Gabriel

    I want this on non-US store! Come on Konami, why is it taking so long?!

    • Fred

      Yes, unfortunately it is not reduced in Germany.

  • Caprone

    Same here in Italy, price not reduced...

  • Caprone

    Same here in Italy, price not reduced...