Dracula Trilogy brings Microids' three vampiric adventure titles for the first time - Dracula: Resurrection, Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary and - for the first time in the UK - Dracula 3.
Resurrection is very much an exploratory title, and because of this, it’s advisable only to play this game if you have a few hours to spare, otherwise you will return having forgotten everything you did previously. Presented with pre-rendered backdrops, this point and click style title has a very distinct RPG feel about it, although not in terms of the traditional hit points and magic points you would traditionally associate with an RPG. Dracula is purely story driven. You must find as many physical clues as possible and use them to put together the puzzle of this strange title.
The exploratory element of Dracula accounts for about ninety percent; the rest, is about presentation. Almost any interaction you get with other characters is presented in the form of FMV. While this title won’t get the ardrenalin flowing, it will have you racking your brains for ages. Take a cold winter evening, turn the lights off, power up Dracula, and prepare to be chilled.
Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary follows in a similar vein.
When Jonathan gets caught up in a terrifying situation that threatens his wife, he embarks on an adventure to rescue his soul mate and prevent Dracula from regaining his empire of terror. But beware, Dracula is not the only creature lurking the streets of London.
The graphics, although pre-rendered, are of a high quality and mouse control is ideal for a game of this type. The 360-degree vision remains intact for the sequel, and gives a surprising feel of realism. Clicking your way from one screen to the next can sometimes be a little frustrating, but now knowing what lies ahead is part of the mystery.
In terms of gameplay, most of the quest will see the player uncovering clues and items before using them in the appropriate places. After all, it is a mystery game. The Last Sanctuary boasts a variety of vampires, four unique playing areas, 25 hours of play, plenty of interaction and lots of intriguing dialogue. There is little else that can make this game better.
Dracula 3: Path of the Dragon follows in the same footsteps but moves things along a few years. It's September 1920 and Arno Moriani, a young priest, is called upon by the Vatican to investigate a possible case of beatification in Transylvania. It transpires, however, that the phenomena in question are not all that divine in origin... From Transylvania, your travels will take you to Rome, Budapest and Turkey as you become entangled with the secretive Thule-Society and decipher old manuscripts, engravings, runes and prophecies.
Minimum system requirements:
OS: Windows 98SE/2000/XP/Vista
CPU: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
RAM: 512 MB RAM (1 GB Recommended for Windows® Vista™)
Video: 64 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
Other: Mouse, Keyboard, Sound Speakers
- Number of players: 1
- Development Company: Microids
- Software House: Microids
- Video Dimensions: 3D
- Publisher: Iceberg
- Point Of View: Third-person, floating camera