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Castlevania: Rondo of Ruin

Hack of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Description:

Castlevania Rondo of Ruin is a Castlevania Portrait of Ruin romhack aiming to modify most of the games content. There is a new story, new items, sprites, weapons, music, and most of the games areas are modified in both small and big ways. Set 5 years after the events of Symphony of the Night, join Richter Belmont, Maria Renard and their companions as they work to unravel what has caused Castlevania’s early return to the world of humans.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: DS (all) (v. 20210227-111036)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 382602E3615B2282EEAD584014125E71B5B0F033
  • File/ROM CRC32: 96DF4C4D

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
LagoLunaticHackingDsvedit
Dev AnjHackingBeta testing and ARM9 patches
ShadowOne333GraphicsPermission to use few portraits
SerbagzScript Editing/RevisionStory idea and writing help, beta testing

User Review Information

An Amazing Hack that I definitely would 100% everything

Reviewed By: Cornball88 on 08 Dec 2021

If you are looking for a hack for Portrait of Ruin, this is it. A brand new story, new weapons, new character portraits, and new skills, top it along with some new voice lines, and bam, instant best 48 hours of my life.

The hack definitely has its pros and cons that we can all agree with.

Pro:

  • Heavy focus on the whip weapons by giving new elemental whips to play with instead of just fire, holy, and dark.
  • New skills that Richter can use that prove himself to be a lot more versatile than Jonathan such as hit slide kick, spin kick, and blade dash.
  • A backflip mechanic implemented at the start of the game, which basically gives the player a free double jump, and have it pretty much implemented so well in the game that the player would need to get used to it until of course, they get griffon wing, then its bonk your head on the ceiling for the rest of the game.
  • Platforming and puzzles. Need I say more?
  • Certain spells being instantly castable and being able to cast it while in the air.
  • Giving Maria new weapons that she can play with instead of the basic ones Charlotte has in vanilla.
  • A revamped Nest of Evil giving it a true challenge that only those with a will as strong as iron can overcome.
  • Tunes from classic Castlevanias such as: “Castlevania The Adventure”, and “Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge”

Now as with most games and romhacks, it comes with its cons.

Cons

  • Early game focuses too much on the whip and not much exploring of other weapons such as swords, greatswords, and spears. The game is too whip-heavy and might need to be balanced perhaps so that other weapons might have a chance to shine. Even though Richter is a Belmont, surely they must have trained in other forms of fighting besides the whip.
  • Vincent is still stingy as ever. I hate Vincent. :( (This is not a con of the game I just want to say how much I hate Vincent)
  • Vague Quest description regarding Art of Zephyr. I had to fiddle around with it and turns out you had to do it on the stairs in front of Alucard. (I think, I tried it with other stairs and it didn’t work)
  • Inside the pyramid in the forgotten city changes it to the original music, would’ve loved to get another Gameboy banger while down there.

Things I’d change:

  • If possible, add the sprite of Rebirth Christopher Belmont so that it feels more fitting with the rest of the crew and their modern sprites.

Overall, a really great romhack that you can spend some of your time playing if wanted, and just have a really great time.

Version 1.0.4 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
An Amazing Hack that I definitely would 100% everythingCornball8808 Dec 20211.0.4Yes
The greatest hack of PoR to datePatchesAccent01 Dec 20211.0.4Yes
Made By A True, Hardcore Fan, But...kevinlol30 Nov 20211.0.3Yes
Very good MOD, but.....Persephone03 Nov 20211.0.3.1No
Most Extensive POR Hack to Date!StarWyvern07 Sep 20211.0.3.1Yes
A fantastic hack well worth your time.Serbagz27 Aug 20211.0.2Yes
A lot of potential, but not fully enjoyableAceearly199303 Jan 20221.0.2No
One of the best castlevania games I played!Seith3323 Aug 20211.0.2Yes
A hack that is actually completely new game!Hect0r31 Jul 20211.0.0Yes
A very well made hack.Oersted29 Jul 20211.0.0Yes