mirror, mirror on the wall...
this amazing 2d platformer is the reason i bought a 3ds over a year ago. streetfighter 4 had already proven that the 3d-effect is awesome, now you've got this 2d platformer that uses it to make Dracula's castle come to life in the palm of your hand! the details are amazing. from the cursed village, through the crypts, the theatre, the clock tower, it all looks like a miniature castle for you to explore and rid of the evils lurking around every corner. the gameplay consists of combat and platforming. combat is done with your main weapon the whip and different subweapons. you can block or dodge enemie attacks. the more experience you gain, the more moves become available. platforming is done with the usual jumping, running, falling and getting up again. you can also use the whip to climb ledges, wich is new in a Castlevania game, and swinging across chasms. the game is constantly throwing new stuff at you and you'll be entertained every minute of the ride.
it took me over 14 hours to complete this game 100% and having done so i must conclude that this is a true Castlevania game and i enjoyed it more than the previous six titles on the gameboy advance and DS and that's saying something.
the story is very much about fathers and sons. it's a great story, but it's very serious. luckily there are pesky little dwarfs, a succubus and a toymaker to cheer things up a bit.
whether you've been playing Castlevania over 25 years or only played Lords of Shadow on the playstation 3, this is one 3ds title you don't want to miss.