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Release year: 2002 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (AKA Castlevania: Concerto of Midnight Sun – キャッスルヴァニア白夜の協奏曲 Castlevania: Hakuya no Kyōsōkyoku in Japan) is an amazing side-scrolling adventure / RPG video game developed and published by Konami for the Game Boy Advance (GBA) console in 2002. It is the second instalment of the GBA Castlevania series, following Aria of Sorrow.

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Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Cover (GBA)

Compared to its predecessor (Circle of the Moon), Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance has two playable characters in the game. Juste Belmont is the main playable character and just like the objective of the previous Castlevania game, Juste is the one tasked this time with putting a stop to Dracula. He is equipped with a whip, like the character in the previous game.

Harmony of Dissonance only equips the main character with a whip, which you can upgrade by defeating enemies. The feature where you can collect cards to access different abilities and techniques is still present in the game.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is more challenging to play because the quest the character is faced with is lengthier than the previous Castlevania game therefore adding more game time. But due to some feedback from the last game where players have commented that Circle of the Moon was difficult to play, Konami has made Harmony of Dissonance relatively easier in comparison. It isn’t without its own set of issues, however.

The biggest problem you would be faced with in the game would be where to go next. The map lacks in detail, not showing what the right path to follow is, therefore making players put more effort in exploring and finding new places to discover. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance offers better visuals and graphics than its predecessor Circle of the Moon. Last year’s game lacked in brightness and was darkly coloured therefore making it difficult to see, Harmony of Dissonance has clearly made up for it and offers a brighter contrast and more vibrant colour scheme.

The game itself is a successful follow up to last year’s Circle of the Moon although what Harmony of Dissonance clearly lacked and failed to live up to is Castlevania’s iconic soundtrack and tunes. Some of the musical scores sounded good and catchy but can’t be compared to Circle of the Moon’s soundtrack. Other than Harmony of Dissonance failing to live up to Castlevania’s catchy tunes it is overall a great game and a worthy successor to Circle of the Moon.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance game has been ported to Game Boy Advance and Nintendo Virtual Console.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance - Game Boy (GBA)
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