Dracula: Origin is
the latest adventure epic from developer Frogwares which revolves
around the classic vampire mythology with elements from Brad Stoker
and folklore. Gamers are transformed into the prestigious vampire
hunter, Professor Van Helsing as he engages in a deadly game of cat
and mouse with Dracula as they hunt for an ancient document that has
the power to raise the dead... more specifically, those whose souls
have been damned!
- A Gothic, romantic and fantastic atmosphere, true to the original
as conjured up by Bram Stoker, providing a completely immersive
- A relentless hunt through several countries for one of the most
terrifying characters in horror literature.
- A confrontation between 2 radically opposed heroes: Van Helsing,
the spiritual hero, a sober scientist fighting the young and
flamboyant Dracula, as inhuman as he is evil.
- Superb graphics mixed with 2D environments and 3D characters
wrapped up in an excellent story line.
- Interact with over 40 characters. Use and combine more than 150
objects associated with the vampire-themed of the game (stake,
statue, garlic, mirror...).
- A progressive Help System, for players who get stuck on a riddle
or mystery, provides increasingly pertinent clues.
The stakes (pun intended) are raised as these two nemesis traverse
the globe in order to reclaim this lost mythical document and with
that said, Dracula:
Origin is a classic point and click adventure game with gloriously
created environment with 3D characters. My favourite aspect of
the title was exploring these wonderfully created environments that
borrows heavily on the Dracula mythology.
Although the title
contains a heavy dose of adventure and exploring with some
interesting yet not overly difficult puzzles, there is even romance
in the title. An interesting aspect of the title is that if you do
get stuck on puzzle, the title will assist you solving the problem
through a variety of clues.
Back to the story
again, the forsaken Dracula
discovers a photograph of a woman on one of his victims who looks
like his former love, those so many centuries ago. She happens to be
called Mina. Through his own
research, he discovers that through this ancient manuscript, he can
bring back the damned soul of his lover into Mina.
Boasting over 150 vampire-themed objects that must be
uncovered in the game which will assist you with the variety of
mission objectives in the game, this is probably the most impressive
adventure game of the year. The title also
contains some interesting characters that the gamer will, some
friends and some foes who either assist or hamper you in your quest.
Dracula: Origin is a visual treat on the PC with highly detailed
gaming environments. The 2D gaming environment almost looks like a
work of art with its painting-esq attention to detail that
faithfully recreates a variety of locales around the world from
Egypt to Transylvania and even Australia.
The developers also make good use of lighting and some special
effects that truly transform this game into a 21st century adventure
title which are becoming far and few on the PC. The title contains a
very engaging soundtrack that suits the genre perfectly and changes
as you progress through the game.
In conclusion, Dracula: Origin is a truly impressive adventure game
on the PC of an almost lost genre in the world of first person
shooters, racing games and sports. The title contains an impressive
storyline, visually detailed graphics and realistic characters as
you attempt to solve the puzzles and defeat Dracula in one of his
most heinous attempts of bringing back the souls of the damned.