One of the coolest things about our forums, if you're not already a member, is the amount of super-early iOS games that get posted by developers in our upcoming games forum. Belial is one such game that was posted quite a while ago, but it according to their Facebook page, development really seems to be picking up steam. Their goal is to build a Symphony of the Night / Aria of Sorrow for iOS.

Here's the latest brief gameplay video:

Any plans to make something similar to the two greatest Castlevania games of all time is enough to pique my interest, and I'm definitely curious to see where they go with all of this. The game still seems to be in its early stages, with mentions on Facebook regarding it hitting sometime next year. This is usually the most fun time to watch a game's development, as it's done enough to resemble the game you want to play, but typically just starts looking better and better with each polish pass.

Will Belial live up to its hopes of being a competent Symphony of the Night riff? Who knows, but it definitely seems worth adding to your watch list just in case.

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  • Rubius

    This Castlevania knock off game looks ok, but I'm still waiting for Konami to make another Castlevania game for iOS. Encore of the Night was a great game, but it came out back in 2008. I'm waiting for another original Castlevania game to hit iOS. Hell, I'd even take a Castlevania port at this point. I'd love to play Rondo of Blood or Portrait of Ruin on my phone.

    • zergslayer69

      Ppss......

      • Rubius

        What does "PPSS" mean? I honestly don't get it. Does it mean that you agree with me, and you want another Castlevania game on iOS? Or do you disagree with me?

      • zergslayer69

        Add pp to the end of that and take a look see. Need to be jailbroken though.

      • Rubius

        I still don't get it. PPsspp?

      • zergslayer69

        If you did a google search on it, you'd see its a PSP emulator. Can play whatever real castlevania games that existed on that platform. Again need to be jailbroken.

  • Wizard_Mike

    Do want! Man, I hope this delivers! Although I do have to say I find the wing flaps kind of awkward looking, as it makes him look like he's turning and jumping sideways in mid air. But hell, If this turns out to be good, they could make marshmallows shoot out of his rear when he double jumps for all I care. Symphony of he Night is one of my favorite games of all time, so anything coming anywhere near close to that is a must-have for me.

  • Joe Welke

    Looks promising. I am cautiously optimistic.

    • bigrand1

      I would have to say I agree with this statement!

  • ImJPaul

    Movement seems a bit slow. Rest looks nice. Will wait to see what happens.

  • Onikage725

    Reminds me of Gamelofts attempt, Soul of Darkness. That actually wasn't bad, perhaps relying a little too much on a limited transformation gimmick to solve puzzles. Shame it was (to my knowledge) relegated only to the DSi shop. Same with their Pokemon clone, Crystal Monsters.

    • Rob Johnson

      Actually soul of darkness was a Java game for dumbphones too.

  • vid_icarus

    My old friend Deckard told me that Belial is The Lord of Lies..

  • Goggles789

    Looks promising!

  • Anotherkellydown

    Man! Lots of good news today! I freaked as soon as I read Symphony of the Night in the title. I played through SOTN at least three times. Here's to hoping this will be outstanding!

    • Wizard_Mike

      Only three? I couldn't tell you how many times I've played through SoTN...

  • melocoman

    Looks okay. Improving animation and sound quality would do a lot to make it feel more polished. Obviously it's not done yet tho

  • mkdms14

    These games will never be possible to play easily due to one thing only. Touch controls.

  • pinOi32

    Am I the only one who likes both Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow? Lol.

    • Onikage725

      I love them both. The sealing mechanic in DoS hasn't aged well, but overall i thought it was solid. It improved on the soul system significantly, too. The castle isn't quite as well designed as it's predecessor, though.

      • pinOi32

        Glad someone agrees with me. It was the soul system that had me hooked as well.

  • Rustrobot

    Seems promising. I'm certainly going to keep my eye on it. The animations do need work and I feel the run speed is too slow, but it's early. Color me curious.

  • anabolicMike

    I just watched the next video in line.... Homer doing the ice challenge. Though stupid that challenge had raised more then 73 million bucks for ALS. That's freaking impressive. Of course Charlie freakin Sheen did it best..... Yeah. He dumped piles of money on himself. God I love that guy