While scanning the clearance section at the store the other day (yeah I’m cheap) I came across Vampire Saga, a PC game about “a love that will never die” and of course, I couldn’t resist buying it.
“As a stowaway on board the Pandora, you must find and save Laura, a fascinating of unearthly beauty. As the sequence of grisly murders unfold, you realize that there’s a creature on board with a thirst for human blood. It’s up to you to investigate what evil cargo is guarded by the supernatural monster below deck. Unravel the secrets of this chilling love story and take on tricky puzzles, challenging mini-games, seek clues, and find hidden objects as you discover the cost of Laura’s love.”
Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is an adventure game like any other – you solve puzzles, gather items and use them to continue the story. In addition to the classic adventure-y goodness, Vampire Saga also has a whole lot of hidden object games (like I Spy) and a large assortment of mini-games.
The break down:
Concept: Unoriginal plot and unoriginal gameplay, but the fact that it has a wide assortment of puzzles saves it.
Graphics: My first thought was “Wow, these are some horribly horrible cut scenes.” However, in spite of the god awful cut scenes the rest of the graphics were quite beautiful (the 2D ones that is).
Sound: Awesome. That’s one thing they nailed in this game. The ambiance sounds were eerie and haunting, and they fit every area perfectly.
Playability: Painfully easy at some moments, but challenging in others – it was a mixed bag. There is a “Hint” button to click whenever you’re lost though.
Entertainment: It kept me busy for many hours, so I say the entertainment level is pretty damn high. There’s just enough variety to keep you hooked.
Vampire Saga is definitely not on my top ten favorite game list, but as a huge adventure game junkie I was instantly addicted. So if dig games like this then I recommend checking it out, it’s a few hours of fun and you can download it for pretty cheap. My only BIG issue with the game is that RIGHT when the story finally started getting good… the credits role. Lame! Yeah, instead of getting another area to explore, instead of finishing the story – it ENDS. Grrrr.
Check out the game trailer: