PlayStation classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
has been released on mobile all of a sudden and completely without warning.
The iOS and Android port costs $2.99 / £2.99 and comes with touchscreen controls, with revamped menus to boot, but is said to be fully compatible with controllers. It also has a new continue feature – which probably means you don’t have to wait an age every time you die as you’re sent back to the title screen.
It seems this mobile port is based on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 4 versions of Symphony of the Night, rather than the original PlayStation 1 version. That means it has a completely new script and voice acting that, unfortunately, doesn’t have the iconic line, “What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!”
It also has extra familiars, new credits music, a boss fight against Maria, and Maria is playable. Everything else is pretty much the same as the 1997 original. The timing of this couldn’t be better as Castlevania Season 3 arrives on Netflix on March 5.
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If you don’t know, in Symphony of the Night you play as Alucard – the white-haired vampire in the Netflix series – as he tries to stop the evil that has overtaken Dracula’s castle. We gave it a 9 in our Castlevania: Symphony of the Night review from way back in 1997, saying that it’s “one of the finest 2D platforms game yet seen.”
One of the directors of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Koji Igarashi, went on to make a spiritual successor to the game recently in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
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