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Release year: 2006 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by Konami
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (NDS)
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (AKA 悪魔城ドラキュラ ギャラリー・オブ・ラビリンス, Akumajō Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth, lit. Demon Castle Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth in Japan) is a 3D platform-adventure video game developed and published by Konami for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in 2006. The game is the sequel to Castlevania: Bloodlines under the series initially released in 1986 and follows Dawn of Sorrow released in 2005.
Portrait of Ruin stays true to the classic 2D perspective from the original Castlevania. It is evident how fluid the animation for the characters are, as well as the elaborate animation for the enemies. There is also attention to detail for the environment and special effects. Some slowdowns happen for boss battles, although these are infrequent.
The music is upbeat, and each area of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin has particular musical themes. The characters also have voiced lines that reflect their personality. The game features two switchable main characters – Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin.
Jonathan Morris is the son of John Morris from previous Castlevania series. He can wield long range and melee weapons. Charlotte Aulin is a witch that can equip magic books that can give spells, summon monsters and conjure attacks.
A unique feature of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is the ability to pass through cursed portraits and paintings. This element makes Dracula’s castle just a passageway or base for teleportation to other places, hence expanding the map and play area.
The infamous soul collection system from Castlevania: Sorrow and Dawn is also replaced with a similar skill set which can be improved for the duration of the game. Portrait of Ruin rarely requires the usage of the touchscreen mode of Nintendo DS.
This game for the NDS can be completed in 5 – 8 hours, with secret characters and different play modes after finishing the game. The game also has the multiplayer system available via Wifi connection or LAN connection. Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin stays true to the vampire-killer series. It is a good game for both veterans and incoming players.