Dracula: Resurrection in Review – Kill the vampire, save the girl, yada, yada, yada…
Dracula is definitely one of the iconic horror flick villains, popularized by the famous book by Bram Stoker. Though vampires in general have been part of folklore for hundreds and even thousands of years, he was the one who introduced the signature struggle between a sole hero and the vampire over a girl. In the three-part adventure - Dracula: Resurrection - Microids revisits this concept and this time you’ll have the chance to take down the evil Dracula yourself.
Dracula: Resurrection is an adaptation of a traditional Microids first-person adventure. Jonathan Harker returns home only to find his fiancée Mina missing and a note saying that she’s succumbed to the lure of the Count. Now he has to travel to Transilvania and save her from eternal damnation.
Classic adventure gaming reigns supreme in Dracula: Resurrection as it has you arriving in Borgo Pass, a small remote village at the very front door of Dracula’s fortress. But not everything is as easy as you (or Jonathan) would like it to be. The village inhabitants are scared both of the Count and a band of ruffians that have been terrorizing the area recently. Careful examination of the surroundings though will yield you the necessary items to aid you in your quest. And the villagers themselves, however reluctantly, will lend a helping hand as well.
Most of the puzzles are inventory and dialogue based, though a few minigames have found their way here as well. I like the fact that instead of the more traditional text dialogue indicators, you simply choose pictogram-represented topics to discuss. The puzzles aren’t especially difficult, but the vast areas open for exploration may confuse some players during certain parts of Resurrection. Still, a careful re-tracing of steps and a thorough talk with all available NPCs should be enough to get you through any point in the game that poses a challenge.
As in other Microids offerings, the graphics in Dracula: Resurrection are top notch, with full 360-degree view in each location. At launch, the game was plagued by several visual glitches found in some of the later video sequences and an incorrect aspect ratio for the close-ups. Thankfully, these issues have all been fixed via a recent update. Full voiceovers are available along with an excellent atmospheric soundtrack, so headphones are definitely recommended.
It’s good to see the App Store fill up with more and more quality adventure games. And while Dracula: Resurrection was not originally developed for the iOS, it’s a superb adaptation of the PC title. The dark atmosphere that’s true to the spirit of Bram Stoker’s novel, as well as the great graphics and excellent soundtrack make this adventure a joy to experience both for fans and casual players.
With this I declare Dracula: Resurrection officially touched!
|Title:||Dracula: Resurrection – Part 1 /Part 2 /Part 3||Developer:||Microids|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||3.2|
|Price:||$0.99 / $0.99 / $0.99||App Size:||304.33MB / 300.42MB / 307.81MB|