Pros: Lengthy Game, Lots of Puzzles, Nice Music and Artwork.
Cons: Dark Genre.
Dracula: Love Kills is my latest Hidden Object Game with luscious sceneries and lots of hidden object puzzle adventures. The backgrounds are vividly detailed whether it be a cemetery scene or the outside of a river town. One major difference in this game is that there are two levels of difficulty: Easy and Hard. The first thing to do would be to watch the video at the beginning to find that Dracula awoke weak and found that the Queen of the Vampires has challenged his rule, so Van Helsing who put Dracula there must be destroyed along with his new rival. Pick up the Window Handle here. Pick up the Oil Can. Continue to look for things around the room until a Curtain drops and can be placed in your inventory. Make sure to pick up the Square Stone while searching. The paintings can be examined, but the window needs that Window Handle. Notice a Library Mechanism that needs to be fixed. Repair the Window and get ready to go out the window.
The first hidden object puzzle starts at a rose bush. Many of the common objects are easy to find; however, some may give you a run for your money. Pick up a Key near the crossed boards. Before Dracula can move forward through the gates, more rope must be found. Different areas have prerequisites that need to be fulfilled before continuing. This is one of them. There is a piece of a shield around the top of the crossed boards to collect. This is for your Book of the Order.
Go back up through the window to your room and use the Oil Can to lube the Library Mechanism. A chest opens up and three key holes are visible. There are many keys minus one hanging above the chest. The Key you found is part of the collection. Place the three correct keys into the key holes and open the chest. Another Piece of Shield is found for the Book of the Order collections, and an Axe is also found inside the cobwebby chest.
Move back out the window to the crossed, nailed boards, and use the axe to clear your way. You move into your crypt and find a mess! Van Helsing is responsible, for sure. Find the Rope in the crypt and notice there is a place to put the Square Stone. One more Square Stone is needed to work the puzzle. Pick up the Damaged Lid. Do the Hidden Object Puzzle on the back floor to receive a Trowel.
Straight ahead is the Room of the Knights, and there are two masks missing. Find the missing masks to complete the puzzle. Fix the damaged coffin to receive your first Skull Mask for this task.
Go back outside to the gate where the giant crosses have been placed by villagers to block your way. Use the two ropes in the inventory to drag them away from the entrance. Find the saw with the next Hidden Object Puzzle in the well. Notice the dog won’t let you take the Piece of Shield yet. Use the saw to cut off the Wagon Wheel on the carriage of the Queen’s henchman. The Vampire Queen’s assistant comes out of the carriage. Pick up the Piece of Tool Box while you can. Now this is a twist in this particular hidden object game: The game allows you to feed on this victim or not. It is up to you. You are weak and will help make you feel stronger, but there will be consequences of either way. I, on the other hand, chose to fed and get stronger.
You see a hole beyond the carriage. Use the Trowel to dig the hole to find the bone. Yes, you guessed it! Give that dog a bone, as the song goes. And just like my Prudence, the dog grabs the bone and runs off in the other direction. Grab the Piece of Shield and go inside the Workshop to find the second Piece of Toolbox. Go back outside and see the Toolbox. Place the two pieces of toolbox into the puzzle and solve it and pick up the Hammer. Find the fourth Piece of Shield on top of the roof of the building on the left. The skies are dark and there is a light film of fog drifting through the area. The story continues with more elaborate puzzles and hidden object games. Eventually Dracula and Van Helsing teams up to try to defeat the Queen of the Vampires.
The music begins with a lovely piano sonata. Its haunting music lilts like a butterfly through the air setting the mood for this old world style hidden object game. Once through the window, the music changes to a more majestic harp strumming and regal flavor. Orchestra music score quality is throughout this game. Some areas, the music is almost sad with an elegant touch while other areas are different and relaxing mostly.
There are four abilities that must be earned to regain Dracula’s strength. Throughout the game, these abilities are found during game play. Telekinesis is one of the abilities found later on along with Vampiric Vision, Strength, and Animal Form. These abilities help Dracula to be able to complete certain tasks at specific times. Be ready to use them.
The artwork is realistic and very detailed for a game. Realism is engraved into each brickwork and stone. Vines growing along outside walls look authentic, and dark, cloudy skies can be stared at and marveled.
This game has Achievements called Honors for different types of special game plays.
Depending on if you bite any victims or who you bite, the game play will change due to your actions. I won’t spoil the differences, but this game has much replay value due to this factor.
Dracula: Love Bites has a Collector’s Edition that has extra artwork, Strategy Guide for hints and tips, and another Bonus Level in addition to the one for finishing each difficulty level.
For $6.99, this is a decent value. Between the rendered artwork and brilliant musical score, plus a heavy-puzzle-driven game experience, this game has it all. I did find the cheesy accents to be a bit much. So, the voices are probably the weakest links. The puzzles are challenging, but if you are not in the mood for these types of puzzles, you might feel yourself tediously trudging through the game. Bonus scenes are available after winning the game on each level.
I have played another vampire genre hidden object game, and it is much different than this one. I recommend this game for your Hidden Object Game Collection and several hours of tough logic puzzles. However, if you do not like vampire genre or are financially embarrassed, you can skip this one.