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Lashen
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:31 pm    Post subject: Soul of Darkness Reply with quote

http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/43abZKNdfBpNgpMHTJ8Y6FKjB6Pzctds Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was sure it was a Castlevania game when I saw it a few months back. Then I found out that if you read accompanying text, it adds a whole new context to things. Who knew?

It looks interesting, but it begs the question: Does Konami have exclusive domain on this material, or can others replicate it down to the very same unmistakable atmosphere? There is, after all, a fine line between inspiration and material plagiarism.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems strange to me that someone would do this at all. It isn't exactly like this is the early '90s where there wasn't a whole lot else to be "inspired" by. I remember alot of platforming games following in Castlevania's footsteps by making very similar games, replacing the Belmont figure with some random knight bearing a sword. Konami has made its fair share of ripoffs though, so I guess they have little room to complain if they want to.

The sprites for Soul of Darkness seem very simplistic, but the screenshots are small. I'm mildly reminded of that tiny unused (or fake) Castlevania screenshot that used to have people in an uproar.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm late to the party, but I downloaded the DSiWare release of this game out of curiosity through my brand-new 3DS (never owned a DSi).

It's cliche, short and linearócan I really complain about a former cell phone title that cost $5.00 USD though?

It has one redeeming quality though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou_YlyOo6DI
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's not Adventures of Lolo-style, Sokoban-type games, I've never been able to muster any interest in titles closely inspired by my favorite series (Castlevania and Metroid included). Well, unless it's something called "Rygar," in which case I'm ready to start handing out money like Amanda Bynes to that shady-looking guy in the alley with the shoulder-mounted hot dog vendor.

It's the same thing with games based on movies and movies based on games. I find the very idea of them intrinsically boring.
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