The first of a trilogy of PC games, Dracula: Resurrection was released in 1999 by DreamCatcher Interactive. Based upon Bram Stoker’s classic novel, this game brings to life the story of Jonathan Harker and his quest to save his bride, Mina, from the evil clutches of the vampire Dracula. Set seven years after the happenings in the book, Mina is experiencing an undeniable urge to return to Transylvania, Dracula’s hold upon her still resonating deeply in her mind. Can her husband Jonathan save her before it’s too late? The game is a first person adventure that would best be played by mature audiences.
Dracula: Resurrection allows players to navigate, as Jonathan Harker, through a variety of levels and locations mostly in Transylvania. Along the way, riddles and puzzles must be solved in order to pass on to the next part of the game. This game employs the point-and-click method; players use the computer mouse to aim the cursor at certain areas on the screen to either move forward or further investigate a “hot spot” on the board. The puzzles are challenging enough to stump even the most dedicated gamer, but after a little bit of smart thinking and deduction, any player can solve the various brainteasers. Many of these puzzles involve figuring out ways to unlock doors or hidden passageways, but there are several mini-games that require some intuition and creativity.
The atmosphere in the game is awesome, appealing to fans of horror and vampire stories. During the game, players thoroughly explore Dracula’s castle and the town directly beyond the castle walls. Interacting with characters and objects in both of these places makes the game well worth playing. The graphics are superb, considering that the game is meant to be played on a computer, and the voice acting is pretty good too. Stylized, conceptual, and creepy, Dracula: Resurrection has some revealing and interesting cutscenes that add to the overall ambience of the game.
Dracula: Resurrection is followed by two additional games in the series: Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary and Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon. In these games, even more characters are introduced as Jonathan continues his journey to vanquish Dracula. There is a fourth Dracula game in the works, but it has an undetermined release date.
You will need Windows 95 or later on your computer as well as an 8MB DirectX compatible video card in order to properly play the game. You can easily adjust the default controls when setting up the game to make playing on your PC a little simpler.
The game is available mostly from online stores, especially auction websites, and is generally priced below $10.00. If you decide to play Dracula: Resurrection you will probably want to try your hand at defeating the other two games so that you can get a complete story for the entire series. All three games can be purchased online or in stores at pre-played prices.
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