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The highly popular, critically acclaimed Castlevania series goes Genesis with Castlevania: Bloodlines, a game that wisely stays true to its rock solid platforming roots. This time around, players can select from two different characters, giving the game a good dose of depth and replay value. Whip-wielding John Morris can use his weapon to swing past obstacles while lance-loving Eric Lecarde employs his weapon as a mega-jumping device. Both are adept at lashing out at ravens, Medusa heads, flaming skulls, and other beasties, and both can pick up a variety of special items, including weapon power-ups, health, battle axes, boomerangs, and more. What sets the game apart from the previous games in the series are the clever level designs and the settings, which range from a munitions factory in Germany to the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the French Versailles Palace. The game is a little short at six levels, and the bosses (other than Dracula) are a tad on the easy side, but the game as a whole looks, sounds, and plays fantastic. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide