It is unlikely to find anyone in the western world who has not heard of Dracula. There have been so many films and stories (and games) featuring the ultimate vampire that you pretty much know that, if it is good, you are set to come up against something epic.
And this game is good. In 1999 this first person point and click adventure was first released and is set AFTER the story told in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Published by Dreamcatcher and developed by Index, who were better known for their educational games, Dracula Resurrection was released on both PC and Playstation and quickly became a well loved addition to the collections of fans of the genre. In recent years it has received a ‘based on the best-selling game’ conversion over to iphone/ipad and android (also as has Dracula 2 – The Last Sanctuary) with a free taster version which can be upgraded to the full paid version if you like it.
“London 1904. Seven years after defeating and destroying Dracula, Jonathan Harker discovers that his wife Mina has fled London for the count’s castle in Transylvania. What if Mina falls back into the hands of evil? What if Dracula’s still alive? Try to keep cool . . . and keep your blood too! Your fight against Dracula has begun. It will be peppered with hints and dangerous riddles.”
You are totally immersed into the game with a full 360 degree view. To get around you use the mouse (or finger if using the recent tablet conversions) to move the camera and see everything around you. Everything is based on finding items, clues, secret passages and hints – many of which are tricky to even locate.
The original game is a masterpiece. Graphically it is extremely attractive. You will visit an inn, a forest, crypts and many other disturbing places, not to mention the castle of the Count himself. The adventure is interspersed with a few cut scenes as events and characters are encountered, and their quality is a cinematic level.
For me one of the strong points is the atmospheric soundtrack. You are literally sucked into the game. The crackling fire in the fireplace, the creaking of the floor on which you walk, the crickets singing in the night, the cry of the owls, the howling wind, a river flowing nearby with fish jumping out of the water.
The atmosphere is really dark and oppressive, and with the soundtrack you will be immersed in Dracula Resurrection as you have rarely been in a game.