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 ~Spoony Spoonicus on 01:45am 10/04/10 (08:16pm 10/03/10) in 38m41s  §  2492 eyeballs
 We love Virtual Console but man fuck writing a full review of something we just paid six dollars for. Have a Quick Hit instead.
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Another Gameloft title, this one obviously taking heavy inspiration from the Castlevania series. To call it a "ripoff" is a bit unfair, though - the game does introduce some unique elements to differentiate itself. For one, it has more of a puzzle-solving bent than Castlevania - you'll often need to use a specific weapon or magic in order to clear barriers or defeat certain enemies (lighting torches with the fire sword to dispel the 'dark hand' enemies, for example). The game also utilizes an upgrade system, allowing you to upgrade your weapons' power, critical hit chance, comboes, and magical powers by collecting purple crystals.

Actually, if anything, this game is more of a copy of Castle of Magic than it is of Castlevania. Several of the weapons are similar, both have a heavy emphasis on item collecting, and it even retains the same odd mini-game utilizing the DSi camera. Hell, it even has the same issue with midair attacks causing you to float in place until the animation completes. I don't think it's a stretch to say they recycled a fair bit of code from Castle of Magic for this game.

The game does have a few shortcomings, most prominently being its low challenge level. Dying just places you back at the start of the current room, and there seems to be no "lives" or limit to number of continues you possess, so the only real challenge the game possesses is in the boss stages (which still aren't too bad). The frame rate also seems a bit low, making the game feel slightly "choppy".

In short: Soul of Darkness is an overly easy, but nonetheless entertaining platformer. It's not a standout title in the genre by any means, but there's enough here to keep you entertained throughout. A good choice if you have 500 DSi points to burn.

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