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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)
alaScore 93

102 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 reviews of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. Comments about the story and graphics are on the whole positive. The design and gameplay 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: Portrait of Ruin (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS) from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Nintendo DS Games on Reviewers really like the story and graphics. The design and gameplay also get good reviews.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Ugly Bob (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Review


The 2nd DS Castlevania game, released for the series' 20th anniversary.

POR may not have the massive number of modes that Circle of the Moon had, but unlike Circle, each different character mode is a new experience. This is as such because while the goal and stages are the same, each character plays quite differently.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Ken "ZeroTolerance" McKown (

Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin


Konami has returned to answer the call of gamers everywhere with their second Castlevania title for the Nintendo DS entitled Portrait of Ruin. Unlike last year's Dawn of Sorrow this...

Biggest Castle Yet ; Lush & Vibrant Visuals ; Classic Castlevania Action ; Two Playable Characters

Online Mode Is Disappointing ; When Is My Console Version Coming

Jan, 2011

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; it’s the same basic “Metroidvania”’ formula

Portrait of Ruin broke the "Metroidvania" tradition of a large, maze-like castle in favor of multiple smaller areas to explore. That trend continues this time around as well (at least during the first part of the game), which results in a few...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Amanda Bateman (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Review


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In Portrait of Ruin, a picture is full of a thousand demons. A thousand demons about to be cut down by whips and giant crosses, that is. In the second Castlevania title for the Nintendo DS, take control of...

great gameplay and content, lots of bonuses and secrets

lack of touch screen interaction, repetition

Portrait of Ruin is already out, so if you've been considering giving it a try, chances are you won't be disappointed.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : James Fudge (

Castlevania: Portait of Ruin Revie


Old school vampire hunting meets the next-generation of gaming in this latest Castlevania title for the Nintendo DS.

Castlevania: Portal of Ruin is a great example of what's possible on the DS, despite the fact that the game really doesn't go out of its way to utilize many of the DS' marquee technologies. The game is wonderful simply because it delivers a pure...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Brian Beck (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Review


Vampires are one of the most known villains in the world of horror films. You could probably walk up to anyone on the street, ask them who Dracula is, and they could instantly tell you that he's a vampire. Sure, some may not know all the history behind...

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is an enjoyable game that I’d highly recommend to any DS owner. Having not been a fan of the series before, picking up Dawn of Sorrow got me into the series. I was glad to find out Portrait of Ruin was much the same. The...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Mikey Dowling (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


The 2D Castlevania games have been pretty much the same since 1997's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, though this isn't bad by any means. It is a formula that worked great the first time and has worked great since… except for Circle of the Moon....

Complaints aside, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is still a great game that is worthy of the series name. With play mechanics and a soundtrack that will make it memorable (along with the best bit of fan service IGA could have given us for the last boss...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Zachary Gasiorowski (

Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin on Nintendo DS


Drac is Back

If you have never played a Castlevania before, this would be a great place to start. Fans, however, will immediately fall in love with this game for its addictive quality.

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Jake McNeill (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


So, another year and another Symphony of the Night-style Castlevania game on a Nintendo handheld. And yet, I find myself… losing interest. Don't get me wrong, I love Symphony of the Night, and these Game Boy and DS games are some of the most...

Symphony of the Night-style Castlevania! You still like that, right ; Improved graphics ; New locales add to the variety ; Some interesting additions to the gameplay, like online options

Still feels like the same game I’ve played five times before ; Gameplay additions are hit and miss, and don’t do much for the game ; Level design fails to recapture the spirit of the old Castlevania games, and also fails to retain the freedom and...

This is yet another solid Castlevania game, but the series is starting to tire out thanks to a lack of worthwhile change. What changes this game does make simply don’t cut it, and while Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is still a decent title, it happens...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Ben (

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


The recent Metroidvania phase of the Castlevania series has been a fruitful one. The Gameboy and DS iterations have been especially notable. Dawn of Sorrow on the DS was good enough to evoke murmurs of "Better than Symphony of the Night", so you can...

Jan, 2007

Product Specifications

Celebrating 20 years of vampire hunting action, the legendary Castlevania series is back with an all-new action packed adventure. Take control of two heroes, Jonathan Morris, a vampire killer and his close friend Charlotte Orlean, a girl with tremendous magical ability. Amidst the chaos of World War II, two mysterious sisters emerge, working to resurrect Dracula and David and Charlotte are all that stand in their way.


Elements:Action - adventure
ESRB Rating:Teen (13+)
Max Number of Players:2
USK Rating:Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren gem


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Portrait of Ruin
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