Dracula: Origin reveals the dark origins of the Dracula curse. Once the ardent defender of Christendom, Dracula loses his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire.
User reviews: Mixed (84 reviews)
Release Date: May 20, 2008
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Dracula: Origin reveals the dark origins of the Dracula curse. Once the ardent defender of Christendom, Dracula loses his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire. As time goes by, Dracula discovers the existence of a manuscript that allegedly details a rite which brings damned souls back from the beyond.
In Dracula: Origin, the player takes the role of the famous Professor Van Helsing whose life's aim is the destruction of Dracula. Van Helsing must stop the vampire from finding the manuscript. A rich adventure that takes him from London to Egypt, Austria and through Carpathian Europe right into the terrifying home of the Dark Prince.
Features:
  • A fantastic, gothic, romantic atmosphere faithful to Bram Stoker's original universe for a total immersion in the adventure.
  • A relentless hunt throughout several countries, in pursuit of one of the most terrifying characters in fantastic literature.
  • Superb graphics combining 2D environments and 3D characters backed by an excellent scenario.
  • Interact with more than 40 characters. Use and combine more than 150 objects belonging to the vampire world (stake, statue, garlic, mirror and many more).
  • Help system that shows the interactive possibilities (objects and actions) to help players in need.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: WINDOWS XP SP2/VISTA
    • Processor: PENTIUM 4 1.5 GHZ/ATHLON XP 1500+
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE GRAPHICS CARD
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or Higher
    • Sound: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE SOUND CARD
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HARD DISK SPACE
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: WINDOWS XP SP2/VISTA 32
    • Processor: PENTIUM 4 3.0 GHZ/ATHLON XP 3000+
    • Memory: 1 GB OF RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE GRAPHICS CARD
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or Higher
    • Sound: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE SOUND CARD
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HARD DISK SPACE
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game is a prequel to the “Dracula: Love Kills” (although “Love Kills” start contradicts the “Origin's” ending).

“Dracula: Origin” has a rather beautiful design and interesting story with some nice variations of the classic Stoker's novel, although I felt a bit bored in the beginning and, at one point, thought of quitting the game completely.

As to the puzzles, they are either too simple, or too difficult and rely heavily on trial and error and dialogue re-reading, which I personally found unconventional and inconvenient.

Also, it's easy to miss items, leading you to often re-visiting of the same spots and circling around, moving the cursor carefully across the screen.

As many of the puzzles do not follow a straightforward one path logic or any logic at all, this walkthough guide is highly recommended to save time and avoid frustration: http://www.gameboomers.com/wtcheats/pcDd/draculaorigin.htm

I played it for the story anyway. Not the best puzzles and clues in the genre.

My overall rating: 6/10. The sequel is much better.
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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
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Personal Rating: "Worth purchasing"
Traditional Rating: 7 out of 10
Genre: Point and Click Adventure

Love (for blood) never dies

Frogware - the team behind the Sherlock Holmes point and click adventures, return with a game based on Bram Stokers Dracula. Having loved the novel from a very early age and adored the Francis Ford Coppola interpretation to screen I am very well versed in the tale of Count Dracula and his abandonment of his faith to become a vampire. Dracula, with all its elements of horror, still to this day remains one of the most enduring love stories of our time and I have lost count the amount of times I have read the original novel or watched the 1993 Oscar winning movie.

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The game doesn't follow the novel to the tee and makes some diversions in plot and characterization which I was honestly fine with since this is an interactive medium. I don't play as many point and click adventures as I would like to these days (It used to be my favorite genre when Sierra and Lucas Arts ruled the gaming roost) so I really enjoyed my time with the game more than I probably would any other adventure game purely because of the Dracula connection. In terms of gameplay it's the standard adventure fare where the player must collect items and use them in conjunction with various other items, characters or places to move the tale along. Also, as with every adventure game known to man, there are some puzzles which simply defy any kind of logic and its a matter of trying various combinations to pass them which can get very tiresome and rather frustrating.

At just over 10 hours of gameplay, the game doesn't overstay its welcome either. Story and voice acting could have done with a bit of tightening and control. Van Helsing is all over the place tonally often sounding far too excited when he is simply being offered a cup of tea or bored to death when chasing down Dracula for the showdown. The graphics aren't exactly revolutionary but you don't need Nvidia Titans for adventure games so they end up being more than serviceable.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=345592284
Conclusion

If you enjoy the Dracula myth and/or puzzle adventure games then give it a try. I can definitely recommend this title.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
I went into this knowing full well what I was walking into. If you've played Still Life, Art of Murder or Sherlock Holmes you know what kind of game this is. It's a casual puzzle game with story enough to make you want to see what happens. This isn't a game you want if you are a die hard on graphic quality.

I would recommend this game to anyone just looking for a game to pass the time with.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
This is an excellent Dracula game. I had a blast going through all the puzzles and trying to find out in what order you were supposed to do things. I strongly recomend this game for those who like puzzle games.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
I didn't have to force myself to finish this game like I find myself doing with many adventure games. Something new was always going on and nothing felt redundant or stale. The puzzles in this game are good and makes sense. With enough hunting of clues, you can solve them. I recommend it for those who enjoy puzzle adventure games!
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