Posted: April 12
Another great creepy little game I've found on Steam. Awesome old school Hammer Films atmosphere, decent combat with setting-appropriate weapons, and a neat little rescue mechanic that plays into how tough the final boss will be based on who of your friends and family you save from the Count. Play it alone in the dark. Great way to pass an evening. The placement of the potential sacrifice victims is semi-randomized every time you start a new game, so along with harder difficulty settings, there is replay value, especially if you want to try and save everyone.
I encountered a couple bugs, but nothing game-breaking. Occasionally a baddie would go invisible, but still could be hurt. Running on stairs or other inclines could lead to a perpetual slide that was hard to stop, but I never fell to my death. One of the later victims never spawned for me, although I had plenty of time before the next sacrifice. I searched the entire tower for her and she just wasn't there, which was a shame, because hers was the only rescue I failed.
Technically, the game looks rough at times. I still enjoyed the art design, though, and the film grain effect was cool. Needed a Vincent Price voice-over to really seal the deal on the retro horror. I think this game would be a prime candidate for an enhanced or remastered edition with an updated graphics and physics engine. The story is very fun and the devs' ideas for staking vamps, using holy water and crosses were clever. Easily recommended at a discount price. I picked it up at like $5 and definitely got my money's worth.