Here we have another hidden object mystery, but this one features everyone’s favourite and most famous vampire, Vlad Dracula of Wallachia. In Dracula: Love Kills Collector’s Edition, the bloodthirsty prince is back and he and his servant, Igor… wait, what happened to Renfield?… are going to have to team up with Drac’s worst enemy, Dr. Van Helsing, to save Mina from an even darker threat.
The game had the classic look of many of the old Dracula movies we have seen from the past, the Bela Lugosi/Frank Langella/Gary Oldman movies of the last few decades. This dark prince has two faces, an animated one that looks rather plastic, and an illustrated one which turned out to be a bit of fetching eye-candy. We hunt all around Europe for clues to Mina’s whereabouts, and to hunt for the Vampire Queen, an enemy more deadly than any mere Carpathian prince. As to the sound, I was not really expecting the Eastern European accents we usually heard in the old movies, and I had to snicker when Vlad and Igor had their conversations at first, but it is something you quickly get used to.
Unlike many other hidden object mysteries, you are pretty much playing the role of the Count, and will occasionally take in blood to gain insightful vampire powers that let you see things that would normally be hidden. Somehow, these little vials of blood seem to always be around when you need them. The hidden ojbect puzzles are clear, and finding what you need in them is not all that difficult, but some of the logic puzzles you come across might make you wanting to hit the “Skip” button if you find yourself lingering too long.
A very nice thing that is has been added is an actual history of a brotherhood of knights called The Order of the Dragon, which Vlad II Dracul was the member of back in the 1400s. It is up to Dracula to bring the power of the Order back in order to save Mina and defeat the Vampire Queen.
This game is close to the legend, and gives us nice sequel to work with, because the legendary Vlad was always so much more bigger than life, or undeath, than Vlad Tepes, son of Vlad Dracul, was. So, join Vlad, Igor, and Van Helsing hunt for Mina some evening in Dracula: Love Kills Collector’s Edition. You won’t be disappointed.