Castlevania: Anniversary Collection

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic action games have lots of vampires, a bit of blood.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 11+

A surprisingly great package!

After the release of the latest Super Smash Bros, some might ask, "Who is this Simon character?" Now, they can experience the adventures of Simon Belmont and his family in this new collection. While the controls are simple, these games are known for their high difficulty. Luckily, there is a save feature that allows players to save at a hard part in the game and load it again if they mess up. I would recommend newcomers to start off with the fourth game, as it is much more balanced in terms of difficulty. As for inappropriate content, there are some blood and plenty of scary monsters, some being topless women, but nothing too graphic. I highly recommend this collection, as it contains some of the best games ever made!

This title has:

Great role models
age 12+

It includes Bloodlines? Awesomesauce!

All the core titles up until Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night (which are best experienced in the Dracula X Chronicles collection on PSP) makes this a good deal. Also, Simon's Quest is rather notorious for a number of quirks (as a certain Mr. Rolfe explained at length) and people might want to look up one of the rom-hacks that correct the issues for a more enjoyable experience. Being based on classic monster movies, there's plenty of horror elements that might disturb kids, even in pixelated form. And the often-overlooked Bloodlines includes actual historical references (World War I, Elizabeth Bathory) that might be awkward for parents to have to explain to kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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