I recently wrote about the new PC game Vampire Saga: Welcome to Hell Lock, the second in the Vampire Saga series, and of course, after playing the first I had to play this one – which is exactly what I did.
“Welcome to Hill Lock, a place no one in their right mind would want to be. But then again, you’re not in your right mind. All you can remember are moments – speeding down twisted back roads on a motorcycle; a spectral figure soaring through the night air; a piercing pain on your neck; and darkness.
You preferred the darkness to what you now see. An abandoned town beckons you to explore its ravaged streets. Fire that reaches up through cracks in the earth threatens your life. And signs that something unnatural is stalking you have your nerves on edge. To survive, you’ll have to search for clues, gather useful items, and solve clever puzzles. If there’s a path that leads out of hell, you’ll find it, but only if you take the first step!”
Welcome to Hell Lock is a point-and-click adventure game where you solve puzzles, gather items and use them to continue the story. Items are found through hidden object games (like I Spy), which are surprisingly addictive. There is also a wide assortment of other fun mini games through the game which keeps things from getting stale.
Concept: The hidden object and puzzle idea isn’t anything new and original, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s all about the types of puzzles, and this game nailed them. They definitely stepped it up with this sequel, the challenges were unique and cleverly done. I love how all the pieces fit together.
Story: So SO disappointing! In the beginning I had high hopes, there were vampires, ghosts, some memory loss thrown in and a huge mystery to solve. But the mystery is never solved. The ghosts were never explained even though they apparently play some kind of role. We learn what caused the memory loss, but not why. The magical heart-shaped pendant is also never explained, the same goes for why the vampire was running around one minute and locked up the next. Who locked it up? I could go on and on and on, there was A LOT of random-ass stuff going on that didn’t make sense at all. It leaves me wondering if they are planning another chapter of this game that reveals everything, because that’s the only thing that can save it.
Graphics: So much better than the first Vampire Saga! I was highly impressed with how much the graphics improved. Every new area that I ventured into was beautifully done, each a piece of art in its own right. The scenery was detailed, the colors were rich and there were a hundred little additions that really made every area eye-catching. The graphics were surprisingly well-done for a casual game, I love quality 2D games.
Sound: The sound was amazing, even better than Pandora’s Box. The music and ambience sounds set the eerie tone perfectly creating a wonderfully dark atmosphere that was really captivating.
Playability: Super easy to play. You can choose the difficulty setting, and the easy setting is VERY easy, I didn’t even need to click the “hint” option. If you play this game and want a challenge, go for the harder setting.
Entertainment: The game was highly entertaining and incredibly addicting, however, the ending ruined it a bit by not explaining anything. Another issue I had was that it was very short, I finished the game in a matter of hours. While entertaining, it would have been nice if the entertainment lasted a little longer.
Vampire Saga: Welcome to Hell Lock costs only $6.99 and can be downloaded from alawar.com.