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Wenig Pracht um Mitternacht

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Ein Actionadventure rund um den blutdurstigen Langzahn und seinen Erz-Kontrahenten Dr. Van Helsing – das hört sich doch schaurigschön an, oder? Schaurig ist es denn auch, aber schön?

Brides of dracula Man übernimmt einen der beiden Helden und überläßt den anderen einem joystick-bewaffneten Freund oder der "Freundin". Als Dracula muß man 13 Jungfrauen durch kraftvolles Zubeißen zum Vampirismus bekehren; Dr. Van Helsing hat die Aufgabe, 13 Gegenstände (Kreuz, Hammer, Holzpfahl, Knoblauch, etc.) zu finden, mit denen er den Grafen ärgern kann.

Damit unsere Sammler und Jäger den Überblick nicht verlieren, hat man ihnen neben einem großen Energiebalken je 13 Anzeigen für das Beutegut spendiert. Das digitale Transsylvanien besteht aus fünf Einzelgebieten, zwischen denen die Jungs mit Hilfe von Teleportern, Geheimgängen und Dungeons hin- und herwechseln können, gelegentlich liegen nützliche Extras herum.

Gekämpft wird natürlich auch ein bißchen, dabei muß Vampi seine drei Bildschirmexistenzen boxenderweise gegen (relativ harmlose) Bauern und Pfarrer verteidigen, der Doktor verteilt fußtritte an Werwölfe und untote Butler.

Leider bekommt man hier die Gänsehaut von der Präsentation: Wegen des Splitscreens plus NTSC-Streifen ist die ruckelige Grafik im Look von "Nighthunter" winzig ausgefallen, die Animationen der Helden erinnern an Hochgeschwindigkeitszombies. Zudem ist der Sound so unerträglich wie die (Kampf-) Steuerung unfair. Schade, aus der vampirösen Hatz hätte was werden können – zur Strafe sollte man die Programmierer ein Jahr lang mit Knoblauch mästen! (mm)

Amiga Joker, May 1992, p.82

Amiga Joker
Brides of Dracula
Grafik: 59%
Sound: 31%
Handhabung: 39%
Spielidee: 46%
Dauerspaß: 41%
Preis/Leistung: 50%

Red. Urteil: 39%
Für Fortgeschrittene
Preis: ca. 69,- DM
Hersteller: Gonzo Games/Software Business
Genre: Action

Spezialität: Nettes Intro, Erfolg wird in Prozenten angezeigt, unser Testmuster war schwer abstürzgefährdet.


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Publisher: Gonzo Games
Price: £25.99
Author: Toast Dept
Release: Out now

Brides of dracula What do you see yourself as? A sex-driven bloodthirsty vampire with an appetite for innocent village maidens? Or perhaps a eccentric old duffer with a very odd Monty Python-style walk and a determination to hunt down evil vampires? (It is good to have a hobby)). It is a bit of a pointless question actually, as whichever role lights your candle, you can play it in Brides Of Dracula.

As you can no doubt tell from the pics, it is a split screen affair, though perhaps less obvious is the fact that you can play it in simultaneous two player mode, with one of you as Van Helsing on the trail of the other’s Prince of Darkness. In one player mode I chose the role of Drac and set out to find myself thirteen innocent maidens with the aim of knocking them over, ravaging their necks and then taking them back to the 13 neatly arranged coffins I had waiting for them back at my castle. Up against me was that computerised killjoy, Van Helsing, himself on a mission to collect 13 items (to make the game fair, y’see), again spread throughout the village, to have a chance of killing me.

Let us start with the bad points. Well, for a start, the graphics are amateurish and very 1980s, although there are a few arty touches to the teleport system. Much worse, though, is that fact that it is all so very plodding. Getting Drac to move is like spending a day watching paint dry, and dull old Van Helsing is not much better either, except you do get to laugh at his stupid walk. As for vamping those maidens, it is all very well, except that you have to go and get them one at a time, take them individually back to the castle, and then go down to town to get another one – how very, very repetitive.

Do not get the impression I have got a total downer on the game, though. It is actually quite a hoot – the way in which you vamp unsuspecting maidens is suitably tasteless, for instance. At one point I ; did’ a blond haired maiden in a long green dress, who promptly turned into a scantily clad young vampess with spikey black hair, who told me my wish was her command. Now that is what I call metamorphosis!
MATTHEW SQUIRES

Amiga Power, Issue 13, May 1992, p.p.95-96

THE BOTTOM LINE
Humorous vampire antics do not a great game make, especially when it all boils down to a tediously slow split screen race. Briefly funny, but no way is this a good deal.
59

P E R C E N T


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ZEPPELIN OUT NOW £9.99

Brides of dracula I remember seeing Gonzo Games demonstrating this title a couple of years ago. Why it has taken so long to surface is anyone’s guess, but I am glad it finally did. The plot is a simple one – Count Dracula is alive and well and is looking for a wife. The nearby town of Bistritz has 13 suitable candidates, but before any can become a bride, Dracula must first bite them and then lead them back to the castle, where they will wait in their coffin for him.

Unfortunately, Van Helsing is also alive and well, and has a few scores to settle, so is also searching the town with an eye for revenge. He will stop at nothing to get his hands on Dracula, and that is where the fun begins.

In this one or two player game, you and a friend can play either of the characters in their relevant quests. It is all played out on a split screen, horizontally scrolling landscape with both parties occupying the same world. To begin with, they start as far apart as possible – Dracula searching for wives and Van Helsing looking for the tools he needs to destroy the dark Count. However, as the game progresses the tension mounts and before too long you will find yourself crossing each other’s path constantly.

It is all good fun, and very easy to get into, despite the slightly confusing screen layout. The simple controls mean that before you know it you can get right into the game. An excellent attempt at an odd idea.

73%

CU Amiga, July 1993, p.78