Help the Prince of Darkness save Mina and humanity from an unforeseen evil in Dracula - Love Kills Deluxe, a spellbinding tale based on the classic vampire legend. More than two years since Dracula's near-death battle with Van Helsing, the count awakens to a world changed. The Queen of Vampires reigns with terror seeking to destroy the world of humans and rule over its ruins.
play the legendary count to stop the Queen of Vampires in this hidden object journey
join forces with Van Helsing and travel the world to explore 40 stunning locations
search through beautiful item scenes and solve masterful puzzles
suck your enemies dry and select a course of action that determines your outcome
If you are undecided whether to go for the regular or the Premium version for this game then take my advice along with many other reviewers and invest into the Premium version. I never played the standard version, but I assume it would end before the bonus game? And if this is the case, then the game doesn't really have a proper ending. Now obviously I won't give away how it ends :-), but it's really good. Also, the bonus play in this Premium version is the longest bonus game I ever played in any PV.
I started playing Dracula: Love Kills PV yesterday as a second visit to the game and it still took me about 9.5 hours to complete, that's including the bonus play, but with skipping a few of the mini games. Without the bonus play I would've completed about 1.5 to 2 hours earlier and this should convince anyone of the great value the bonus game has. Now to the game itself:
This PV is the sequel to the game Dracula Origin, but personally I class them as two completely different games. Not just in genre but also in subject. Fair enough, they're both about the famous vampire Count Dracula and in both you will meet the infamous vampire hunter Van Helsing (now you know with whom lays my loyalty :-) ) but that's really about it. Oh, they look the same in both games, but that really is all the characters and the games have in common. So, if you haven't yet or don't want to play Dracula Origin, then you will not be disadvantaged in any way. Dracula Origin is a pure and very fantastic adventure game with no HO scenes and plenty of puzzles and when I played it I had to jot some notes down. Dracula: Love Kills is completely different it being a HO-Adventure but WOW :-) it's also "Puzzle Galore".
Dracula: Love Kills has a lot to offer. Plenty of HO Scenes, which are very crisp. These are a bit on the dark side, but still very colourful and I have not come across anything that was impossible to spot due to it being blended too much into the background or it being too small.
The mini games or puzzles are well explained, some of the puzzles I found quite innovative and the difficulty of these depend very much on the playing level you choose (if you chose to play in hard core mode, then the puzzles will be more difficult.
The game has a map which you can use to 'teleport' to different scenes and it will show you in which places there is still something to be done. I always find this helpful, as I am one these people who get lost inside a tunnel.
The story line I find hilarious :-). Dracula has a really cool accent and he and Van Helsing converse about the problems on hand (yes... believe it or not the two work together in this one :-) ) and Dracula's sidekick Igor adds his mustard to everything, but him being physically disadvantaged Dracula ends up having to do all the graft :-). The chats of the trio is something I wouldn't skip for the world as a lot of it is quite funny and gives a nice break every once in a while.
Dracula has special powers and can use them, providing he drank enough blood. This he finds in vials or by biting a few ladies all of which don't mind as they want to get turned in vampires anyway. So you can chose for yourself whether you want to oblige or not. None of this is gory in fact I find the slurping sound he makes quite cute.
You can earn plenty of achievements in this game such as completing a HO scenes without using the hint button. You will always be given some bizarre title when you achieve something.
To me the whole game comes across more like a spoof than a horror game and even though it is about vampires it is in no way as occult as many other games from this genre or as it's prequel Dracula Origin. As I mentioned before I find it really difficult to see the two games connected for anything else but the characters.
The CE comes with a strategy guide and after completing the game you can go back and play all HO scenes and puzzles again. So you can do plenty of training to get all the achievements ;-).
I usually play these type of games in an afternoon or in one evening but even on the second time around I found this impossible.
So, I seriously and without any hesitation recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a great HO-Adventure and puzzles. It's so worth spending the extra on the CE for this one. The greatest value for a CE price so far.
Hope this helps in your decision making and enjoy playing :-)
I recommend this game!
The puzzles are better than in most hidden object games. Best I've played in a while!
MamaShark2 | Added on: February 6, 2012
the graphics were good, game play interesting, a mix of easy and challenging puzzles. Good gaming but not stressful.
hankysis3 | Added on: October 28, 2011
I played the casual mode. This game had it all. Well placed hidden objects, great puzzles (had to skip a couple) and hints that kept you from getting stuck. The graphics were great, and the darkness for once didn't interfere with the ability to find objects. Liked the story, loved Igor! Even the "awards" had humor to them. As another player said, more games like this with not such dark topics would be great. Well done gamehouse!
I really liked this game. Graphics were very nice and objects were challenging enough to be fun but not so hard to make you want to chew on your mouse! Not sure it would be a good game for younger kids. You get to choose whether Drac will bite or not and it changes the game somewhat. Worth the money and a fun way to spend some time. I'm never sure about recommending replay even on games I really, really like because it's kind of like once you've found objects, you pretty much remember the second time around where they are. Maybe that's just me.
The game is involved and draws you into the story. There is a lot of spoken dialogue. However, surprisingly enough, it “grows” on you. The choice of voices/accents is perfect and adds to the game. The HOs are simple and the graphics are very clear. The Hint button refills rapidly. You will gain special powers to assist you along the way. Several of the puzzles are difficult but you can skip them. They also have a Help button explaining what needs to be done and a Reset button allowing you to restart the puzzle. You will know when an area has been completed and the map allows you to click and jump directly to the desired location. This game is truly entertaining and has a good replay value.
I read the rave reviews on here and eagerly installed this game. Clearly lots of people loved this game, but I wasn't one of them; I thought it was just okay. I thought the puzzles in the minigames were boring yet hard, which is the worst kind of puzzle, as far as I'm concerned. My ideal is interesting puzzles that have a medium amount of challenge. I'll put up with hard puzzles if they're interesting, and I'll put up with boring puzzles if they're easy, but boring yet hard ... I skipped nearly all of them. Part of this may be that nearly all of the puzzles were intensely visual-spatial, and I'm more of a verbal person (as maybe you can tell by the length of this review. :-) ) The hidden object scenes were okay, not awful but not great. A lot of the objects were too easy to find, and a few were too hard. The biggest problems, though, were 1) Objects that were poorly labelled, and 2) Objects that didn't respond to clicks. As an example of the first problem, there was one scene where I was supposed to look for a "jar." I didn't see anything that looked like a jar to me, though I did see a bottle and a pitcher. I clicked on the bottle, as being the most jar-like object available, but no, for "jar" they wanted the pitcher. What? A pitcher is nothing like a jar! As an example of the second problem, I clicked on one object twice, because I was sure it was what I was looking for, but both times, I got the red X and and bad-click sound. I finally gave up and used a hint ... and Igor directed me to the object that I'd already clicked on twice. The voice acting was pretty laughable. The guy who played Dracula seemed to be concentrating so hard on getting his accent right that he didn't have any attention left over for actually acting. And Van Helsing seemed so low-key as to have almost no personality, which is not my image of Van Helsing. Igor was reasonably good, though. There were a lot of areas where Dracula had to use special abilities, and I thought the idea of the special abilities was really cool. The execution left something to be desired, though, since FINDING the areas where the special abilities could be used required that the player scan every pixel of every area, looking for hotspots. I'm sorry, but that's both dull and annoying. The idea of Dracula and Van Helsing working together -- to save Mina and to save the world -- was a fun one, and Igor had some funny lines. There were a lot of areas to explore, and many of them were beautiful or interesting or both. But annoying gameplay and poor voice acting reduced this game to merely average, at least for me, and if I weren't a serious Dracula fan, I probably would have given the game two stars instead of 3.
If you've done these types before start on the hard level.
DarkDragon | Added on: October 13, 2011
I didn't expect much from it, but was pleasantly surprised. The graphics is gorgeous, good music. Very nice story, and you can get different endings based on your choices (to bite or not to bite, that is the question LOL, personally I prefer the "bad" ending ). Great HO, pretty well hidden but very clear. Object list is shuffled so even in same scene, it won't be too repeated. Good puzzles and tasks, requires lots of thinking, and a great amount of both. Some back and forth since some HO/tasks won't be available until certain things are done. Map is very useful to move around and indicate if there's interactive actions in locations. Lots of trophies (honors) to collect, so great replay. I did both easy and expert modes, not much different, only highlight/nonhighlight areas and slightly faster hint/skip charges. Good amount of play time, not really long for me, but longer than most recent HO games on GH. Anyway, it's an excellent and highly recommended game for playing/buying.
Well fleshed out story and the visuals stunning. The added option of does he drink or doesn't he nice touch.
ToketsuPuurin | Added on: January 9, 2012
This one is a real joy to play. If you can get past the painful animated intro the art is phenomenal. Even better is the fact that you actually can have an impact on the ending of the game! astonishing I know! This game is really puzzle heavy, being almost like an old style adventure game a la King's Quest with HO scenes tossed in. It was really a perfect balance and a tour de force. More HO games need to reach for this level.
I absolutely love this game. It is a hidden object game and so much more. There are puzzles that you have to complete as well. And the best part is, you get vampire skills that you can use but... you need blood for strength. The bad part is that some scenes are awful dark when you are looking for items. But that is why Igor is there to help you.
Carrissa | Added on: April 21, 2013
Graphics were ok. Nice balance of HO's and mini games. As always liked the map, very helpful. Hate when I don't know where to go next. When the location was complete it let you know that also. Length was great. Didn't get bored with the same scenes either.
britalia | Added on: October 20, 2011
I played in the casual mode, and the hints were super. I would like to try some more games from Frogwares. I played the trial, and just had to pay for the rest of the game, I was so caught up in the story.
cps108 | Added on: October 24, 2011
A tremendously enjoyable game. Lots of places to go, lots of action, not too difficult HO's, pretty good story line. It is absolutely everything I look for in a HOG. May be a little too much for the kiddies, but adults and teens should really enjoy.
chippy | Added on: November 2, 2011
This is meant to be the sequel of a high quality adventure PC game called "Dracula: Origins", so my natural expectation was very high. Unfortunately, even though they use the same characters from the original game, this is not really a sequel, so I may not be the right person to review this game. The original 'Dracula' is an puzzle & adventure game with many beautiful scenes you can visit and explore, accompanied by interesting characters and dialogues. But this is a standard HOG game, and they reduced the pixels by painting everything in red and black (perhaps so that the game would run smoother on slow computers). Okay, so let's forget about the original game. Still, this is more like a sister game of 'Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of The Baskervilles'. You gain special powers as you progress, and cut-out characters pop up time to time with dialogues. HOG scenes are not too challenging on my 1920x1080 wide screen, and the puzzles are not well-balanced in terms of difficulties. I finished the game in less than three hours, and I'm still wondering whether it would be worth it to play it again to see the other ending. For now, I'll rest this game while I'm going to play the original game "Dracula: Origins", which is still one of my favourite games of all times.
i love games with vamps. i was shocked when my hr trial game was up. i felt like i'd just started playing. there is a TON of dialogue in this game. u can move it along, but even so, it takes up a lot of time. i can't decide if i liked that the characters are sooooooooo steriotypical-accent. Igor is just beautiful with his eyes the opposite of crossed. the graphics are great. i was shocked when the blood started coming out of the bird fountain. i played the easy version. glad i didn't try to play the difficult one, b/c the mini games in the version i played were very challenging to me. thank goodness i was able to skip them. can't wait to see how it ends...
I absolutely loved this game. I have finished it a couple of times, still trying to figure out a couple of the puzzles, but that is a good thing. It is challenging and the replay is good too.
Cammy50 | Added on: October 28, 2011
I love the graphics and the characters in this game. They play is just challenging enough to keep from getting bored but easy enough to keep me from getting frustrated.
wonderjana | Added on: October 12, 2011
You can select easy or expert mode on this one, and I selected expert. It made the mini-games harder and your have to really scroll over the entirety of areas to make sure that you have found all of the action spots, but I think if you select easy, it might be too easy. Loved the graphics, story...even music and voice overs. Super fun! If you like vampire stories and adventure games I recommend this one!