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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS)

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS)
alaScore 91

142 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and action. The gameplay and design are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Nintendo DS Games on Reviewers really like the price and action. The gameplay and design also get good reviews.

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May, 2018

Expert review by : Zachary Miller (

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia


Could this game be a post-Symphony “Symphony?”

Level layout different in a good way ; Glyph system really does feel unique ; Plotline covers new Castlevania territory ; Beautiful graphics and musical score

Difficulty ramped up from previous games ; Some of the quest items are very hard to find ; Recovery items are very expensive

Well, it could get too much, PoR already made it a gauntlet from savepoint to savepoint when you first were in an area.

Oct, 2008


Expert review by : Phil Theobald (

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia


Konami brings us yet another excellent excuse to go vampire hunting.

Glyph system allows for lots of customization; solid challenge; lots to explore; gorgeous graphics

Some areas are a bit small and linear; itÃ'Â's the same basic Ã'Â"MetroidvaniaÃ'Â"Ã'Â' formula

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : SHAUN CONLIN (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


Funny thing about the undead: they don't die very well, or at least don't stay dead for very long, as Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow will attest.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : 'Captain' Gordon Edward (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Review


Fans of Castlevania who don't own one, should probably think about buying a DS to play this game..

All and all, I love the music, the graphics, and the gameplay. If you did not have enough reasons to buy a Nintendo DS, this would be it. Either playing the game as Soma, or replaying it with Julius and gang, is well worth the price of admission. All...

Dec, 2005

Hell Silver Award!

Expert review by : John K. (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


"...Dawn of Sorrow is both a fabulous series ambassador and also one of the best Nintendo DS titles available."

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Jonathan Point-Du-Jour (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


Konami shows us that vampire hunting hasn't gone out of style.

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Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Zachary Gasiorowski (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow on Nintendo DS


Is the first direct Castlevania sequel a worthy addition to the series? The DS's Dawn of Sorrow is the fourth portable game in the Castlevania series. By now, it has proved its worth on handheld consoles. Ending the trio of games on the GBA was Aria of...

The game even offers a lot of replay value. Multiple endings, numerous types of weapons, tons of souls to collect, new game+ mode, and even Belmont mode (play as a different character who cannot absorb souls) all get unlocked when the game is beaten....

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Knightsword (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Review


Do you never get enough of Castlevania? Well never fear the next installment has arrived. It begins as a new plot to resurrect the Lord of Darkness drags Soma Cruz ...

From great graphics and sound to the classic 2D game play and the upgraded soul system, there is nothing about this game not to love. There is nothing negative to say about Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows. There is plenty of extras and replay value, and a...

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Jon Lindemann (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


The DS might stand for Dawn of Sorrow, but in this case it could also stand for Done Superbly.

Excellent graphics, music, and sound effects ; Large castle with lots to discover ; Wireless Vs. Mode and soul trading are cool bonuses ; Dual screens and stylus are used very effectively during gameplay ; Switch between two different sets of equipment...

Souls appear infrequently ; Completing Magic Seals with the stylus during boss battles can be unforgiving ; Anime-style intro and character designs may turn off rabid purist fans

Dawn of Sorrow has just about everything you could ask for in a portable Castlevania title. It boasts great graphics, music, and sound effects, as well as tight controls that employ the touch screen just enough. It has a large castle to roam around...

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Damian Thomas (

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


Konami's Castlevania series has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the arcades and MSX platforms. Spanning nearly every console made, and with a storyline stretching back to the thirteenth century and shooting past the present to 2035, it's...

In the final analysis, is this game "classic" or "boring?" Personally, you could throw me the same game with different areas, enemies, weapons, and souls, and I'd still buy it, play it, and enjoy it. The unlockable Julius mode also adds to the replay...

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications

The year is 2036, one year after the events of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Soma Cruz finds himself at the center of a mysterious cults plan to resurrect their evil lord and master Dracula. In order to save himself and protect the lives of those he loves, Soma must infiltrate the enemys home base, a towering replica of Draculas castle that is teaming with monstrous creatures.


Elements:Action - adventure
ESRB Rating:Teen (13+)
Max Number of Players:1


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Dawn of Sorrow
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Castlevania


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - action