Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

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In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, players take the role of Juste Belmont, a descendant of Simon Belmont. It has been nearly fifty years since Simon Belmont rescued the land from the curse of Dracula. Now it's Juste Belmont's turn as he must acquire the relics of Dracula left behind from the past in order to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his friend Lydie Erlanger. With a trusty whip at their side, players explore Dracula's castle under the cover of night collecting relics and learning powerful magic spells in their journey to find and rescue Lydie.
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Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Expert Reviews
Castlevania HarmonyDissonance
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Sep 18, 2002

I think I'll say it up front: the PlayStation's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is probably my favorite game of all time. The reasons are numerous, from the incredibly great soundtrack to the fact that it out-Metroided Super Metroid. It was a triumph. Unfortunately, I was not as enchanted with the series' first GBA outing, Circle of the Moon. Ignoring its much harped-upon screen visibility issues, it was decent but just not as well-designed as Symphony. This may have been due to it being the creation of Konami's Kobe studio, rather than the original Symphony team at KCE Tokyo. It seems we'll now find out, as Konami's new GBA game Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance has been lovingly crafted by Symphony mastermind Kouji Iga and his team at KCET.

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Castlevania HarmonyDissonance
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Sep 16, 2002

Konami's Game Boy Advance sequel definitely could be seen as the best in the series.

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Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.44 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #725 game of all time, #8 game of 2002 for the Game Boy Advance and #28 Game Boy Advance game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 45 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Castlevania HOD
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Feb 12, 2006   

Strengths: gameplay

Wow, now this is a great game. Castlevania is one of the best series out there, and the 2D metroid-like games are the best. Harmony of Dissonance is no different. This game is excellent on all levels, from enemy design to music. There is no reason to pass up this game or any GBA/DS castlevania.

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Great portable Castlevania game
4 Star Review   By member botticus - Feb 8, 2006   

Strengths: Better than Circle of the Moon

Weakness: Not quite as good as Aria of Sorrow

Every Castlevania game seems to improve upon the last. As the second GBA Castlevania game (after Circle of the Moon), it was a winner at the time, and one of the better games out. When Aria of Sorrow was released a couple years ago, the same situation presented itself. If you find yourself only able to buy one Castlevania game, make it Aria of Sorrow. If you can splurge for two, pick this one up as well. They're all pretty similar games, so owning all is not necessarily a must, but in the same vein, if you enjoy one, you'll enjoy them all.

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3 Star Review   By member slightnighter - Jan 10, 2006   

Strengths: Somewhat interesting environments and enemies, interesting subweapon abilities.

Weakness: Lack of Challenge

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is IGA's second "Castleroid" type game, as it has your character (Juste Belmont) wandering through Dracula's castle. It has some interesting bosses, such as the Legion and its corpse, and the final boss. Some of the regular enemies, such as the Scarecrow, the Skeleton Spider, and the various armored enemies are more than just whip fodder, as they make you think about how to kill them. The environments have some interesting features, as Juste must make his way through a pitch-black room filled with spikes, go through fake walls, use a certain whip tip to crush through crumbly walls, and use crates to enable himself to jump up to a ledge to advance. Juste also has access to spellbooks, which enable his sub-weapons to use various spells. Some of these include barriers, holy-water rain, and the other item-crush abilities seen in past installments. He also gains whip-tips that power up his whip with some enabling him to crush walls. Unfortunately, the game stumbled when it came to challenge. I only died two or three times during the game, and that left me unfulfilled. The environments could have used more traps, and some more enemies that were not whip fodder. Overall, this game is interesting, but if you are looking for fun then you should find it elsewhere.

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Harmony of Dissonance is a hilarious subtitle
4 Star Review   By member swordity - Oct 1, 2005   

Strengths: Castlevania, Metroid style gameplay

Weakness: Worst of the three Game Boy Advance Castlevanias

I say it's the worst of the three, but that's a comparative thing, because the game is by no means bad. I think what got to me was the fighting style, it wasn't as good as Circle of the Moon or Aria of Sorrow. The game has an awesome Metroid style exploration system, like most modern 2D Castlevanias, and is some of the best 2D gaming one will experience in these times

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4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Jun 20, 2005   

Strengths: Good Graphics, Lots of bosses, RPG elements added to an action game

Weakness: May seem alittle too easy compared to CotM to some gamers, figuring out where to go when you have filled in all the map you has access to and are stuck (or most of the map)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to be released on the GBA and it's very much like Circle of The Moon as it also has adventure elements and RPG elements (such as equipping stuff and leveling up) in it that became popular when Castlevania Symphony of The Night came out on the Playstation. You will start out exploring the castle and as you find and fight bosses you can get new abilities that will help you progress farther though the castle. One thing that is kind of neat that they added to the game is that you will pick up items all over the castle which really have no use to you except to be collected and put into a room you find in the castle as to fill it up or decorate it. I would highly recommend Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance to anyone who enjoyed playing Castlevania SotN or CotM or even liked any of the Metroid games as it's one of the better action/adventure games on the Gameboy Advance.

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4 Star Review   By member JDreborn - May 9, 2005   

Strengths: Castlevania on the go, bigger character sprites, and less dark than Circle of the Moon.

Weakness: A lot of reused enemies, spellbook system is flawed, and not a lot of variation in weapons.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is a 2-d sidescrolling action/adventure game for Gameboy Advance. In this Castlevania you get to play as Juste Belmont a fellow Belmont clan member drawn into battling Dracula once again. The games graphics are better than COTM due to the character sprites being bigger and the game being much brighter. As usual the GBA does not do justice for the sound in this series. The spellbook system is my least favorite of the three Castlevania games. Not a lot of variation in the weapons. Only 9 different whips. Other than that its your typical Castlevania game. Give the game 3 stars if you are tired of Castlevania, 4 stars if you are new to the series, or 5 stars if you are a fan of the series.

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In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, players take the role of Juste Belmont, a descendant of Simon Belmont. It has been nearly fifty years since Simon Belmont rescued the land from the curse of Dracula. Now it's Juste Belmont's turn as he must acquire the relics of Dracula left behind from the past in order to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his friend Lydie Erlanger. With a trusty whip at their side, players explore Dracula's castle under the cover of night collecting relics and learning powerful magic spells in their journey to find and rescue Lydie.
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Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
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Product Title Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Manufacturer Konami
Lowest Price $195.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.3 | 9 Reviews
General
Release Date: 2002-9-20
URL: Manufacturer Link
Network Compatible: No
Additional Specifications
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: No
Category: Playstation Action
Class: Game Boy Advance
Uses Memory Card?: No
Parent Retsku: B00006F2ZR
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Expert Reviews
Castlevania HarmonyDissonance
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Sep 18, 2002

I think I'll say it up front: the PlayStation's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is probably my favorite game of all time. The reasons are numerous, from the incredibly great soundtrack to the fact that it out-Metroided Super Metroid. It was a triumph. Unfortunately, I was not as enchanted with the series' first GBA outing, Circle of the Moon. Ignoring its much harped-upon screen visibility issues, it was decent but just not as well-designed as Symphony. This may have been due to it being the creation of Konami's Kobe studio, rather than the original Symphony team at KCE Tokyo. It seems we'll now find out, as Konami's new GBA game Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance has been lovingly crafted by Symphony mastermind Kouji Iga and his team at KCET.

Read the full review »

Castlevania HarmonyDissonance
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Sep 16, 2002

Konami's Game Boy Advance sequel definitely could be seen as the best in the series.

Read the full review »

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.44 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #725 game of all time, #8 game of 2002 for the Game Boy Advance and #28 Game Boy Advance game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 45 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Castlevania HOD
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Feb 12, 2006   

Strengths: gameplay

Wow, now this is a great game. Castlevania is one of the best series out there, and the 2D metroid-like games are the best. Harmony of Dissonance is no different. This game is excellent on all levels, from enemy design to music. There is no reason to pass up this game or any GBA/DS castlevania.

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Great portable Castlevania game
4 Star Review   By member botticus - Feb 8, 2006   

Strengths: Better than Circle of the Moon

Weakness: Not quite as good as Aria of Sorrow

Every Castlevania game seems to improve upon the last. As the second GBA Castlevania game (after Circle of the Moon), it was a winner at the time, and one of the better games out. When Aria of Sorrow was released a couple years ago, the same situation presented itself. If you find yourself only able to buy one Castlevania game, make it Aria of Sorrow. If you can splurge for two, pick this one up as well. They're all pretty similar games, so owning all is not necessarily a must, but in the same vein, if you enjoy one, you'll enjoy them all.

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Castlevania-Light
3 Star Review   By member slightnighter - Jan 10, 2006   

Strengths: Somewhat interesting environments and enemies, interesting subweapon abilities.

Weakness: Lack of Challenge

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is IGA's second "Castleroid" type game, as it has your character (Juste Belmont) wandering through Dracula's castle. It has some interesting bosses, such as the Legion and its corpse, and the final boss. Some of the regular enemies, such as the Scarecrow, the Skeleton Spider, and the various armored enemies are more than just whip fodder, as they make you think about how to kill them. The environments have some interesting features, as Juste must make his way through a pitch-black room filled with spikes, go through fake walls, use a certain whip tip to crush through crumbly walls, and use crates to enable himself to jump up to a ledge to advance. Juste also has access to spellbooks, which enable his sub-weapons to use various spells. Some of these include barriers, holy-water rain, and the other item-crush abilities seen in past installments. He also gains whip-tips that power up his whip with some enabling him to crush walls. Unfortunately, the game stumbled when it came to challenge. I only died two or three times during the game, and that left me unfulfilled. The environments could have used more traps, and some more enemies that were not whip fodder. Overall, this game is interesting, but if you are looking for fun then you should find it elsewhere.

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Harmony of Dissonance is a hilarious subtitle
4 Star Review   By member swordity - Oct 1, 2005   

Strengths: Castlevania, Metroid style gameplay

Weakness: Worst of the three Game Boy Advance Castlevanias

I say it's the worst of the three, but that's a comparative thing, because the game is by no means bad. I think what got to me was the fighting style, it wasn't as good as Circle of the Moon or Aria of Sorrow. The game has an awesome Metroid style exploration system, like most modern 2D Castlevanias, and is some of the best 2D gaming one will experience in these times

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4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Jun 20, 2005   

Strengths: Good Graphics, Lots of bosses, RPG elements added to an action game

Weakness: May seem alittle too easy compared to CotM to some gamers, figuring out where to go when you have filled in all the map you has access to and are stuck (or most of the map)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to be released on the GBA and it's very much like Circle of The Moon as it also has adventure elements and RPG elements (such as equipping stuff and leveling up) in it that became popular when Castlevania Symphony of The Night came out on the Playstation. You will start out exploring the castle and as you find and fight bosses you can get new abilities that will help you progress farther though the castle. One thing that is kind of neat that they added to the game is that you will pick up items all over the castle which really have no use to you except to be collected and put into a room you find in the castle as to fill it up or decorate it. I would highly recommend Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance to anyone who enjoyed playing Castlevania SotN or CotM or even liked any of the Metroid games as it's one of the better action/adventure games on the Gameboy Advance.

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4 Star Review   By member JDreborn - May 9, 2005   

Strengths: Castlevania on the go, bigger character sprites, and less dark than Circle of the Moon.

Weakness: A lot of reused enemies, spellbook system is flawed, and not a lot of variation in weapons.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is a 2-d sidescrolling action/adventure game for Gameboy Advance. In this Castlevania you get to play as Juste Belmont a fellow Belmont clan member drawn into battling Dracula once again. The games graphics are better than COTM due to the character sprites being bigger and the game being much brighter. As usual the GBA does not do justice for the sound in this series. The spellbook system is my least favorite of the three Castlevania games. Not a lot of variation in the weapons. Only 9 different whips. Other than that its your typical Castlevania game. Give the game 3 stars if you are tired of Castlevania, 4 stars if you are new to the series, or 5 stars if you are a fan of the series.

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