Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available on mobile phones for $9.99, but you should skip this port for the time being, due to a number of technical issues and a lack of controller support.

Bloodstained is a Metroidvania that was funded on Kickstarter back in 2015. The game was finally released to widespread acclaim in 2019 (including our own glowing review), but not all versions of the game were up to snuff at launch. The Switch port of Bloodstained was notoriously bad at launch, and it took a number of updates before it matched the other versions of the game.

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A new version of Bloodstained has hit the market, but you might want to give it a miss. Bloodstained is available now for Android and iOS devices, for the low cost of $9.99. There is a reason that the price is so cheap, as it's a bad port of a great game. A video of the mobile version of Bloodstained in action can be seen on the Gaming Mobile YouTube channel.

The visuals of Bloodstained took a major hit in order for it to be playable on mobile phones. The mobile version has graphics that are on par with an early PS2 title. The quality of the graphics can be forgiven if the framerate is steady, but the mobile version of Bloodstained has persistent stuttering and slowdown issues, even though it's locked at 30fps. The game also lacks controller support at launch, which is a major issue for an action title that often requires precise timing for its jumping/dodging when facing bosses. Controller support will be added in a future update, but it needed to be in the game on day one. In short, the mobile port of Bloodstained is a mess, and it currently isn't worth the investment.


The people who want a portable version of Bloodstained have some better options. The Switch version runs a lot better now than it did at launch, while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream the game to their smart devices. Bloodstained is an excellent game and it's undeserving of such a shoddy port.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available now for Android and iOS devices.

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