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.
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Mixed (108 reviews) - 69% of the 108 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Mixed (108 reviews)
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neo_bushi
11.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
Came into this looking for an old-school adventure game with a Dracula flavour to it. The game was not exactly what I expected. It shares similarities with old-school adventure games but it has more of focused, puzzle solving approach then the inventory item hunt prevelant in most of the old Lucasarts games (which I love).

Most of the puzzle are good fun. Some are a bit too obscure. The more on-rails approach to the game flow keeps the game more focused and keeps the story moving forward.

The game can be a bit clunky but I feel the good puzzles, story and general atmosphere make up for it. A worthwhile experience.
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lyonsja
8.6 hrs
Posted: May 17
Good
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Tiggum
0.4 hrs
Posted: March 4
This game is really slow and dialogue-heavy, and makes you read a bunch of news articles, letters, etc. to slow it down even further. That and the fact that Dracula has been done to death, and I just don't see anything here worth bothering with.
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Napoleon Bonagroda
15.9 hrs
Posted: February 24
UUUH WHAT STENCH!
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elega90
12.6 hrs
Posted: February 9
Nice game! It's an adventure game inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula.
There are quite simple riddles and the story is quite enjoyable. Recommended if you want to spend a few days solving simple puzzles; if you like more diffucult games you should look for other ones.
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nekobun
9.3 hrs
Posted: January 8
Dracula Origin is an interesting take on the Dracula myth, brought to you by Frogwares, who are responsible for the relatively recent slew of (pretty good) Sherlock Holmes games (and for creepy Watson). This isn't quite on par with their detective-centric offerings, but it's okay, and unintentionally hilarious at several points.

As the the title of the game would indicate, Dracula Origin explains how everyone's favorite vampire got into the blood-sucking immortality business, and why. A lot of globetrotting, in part to try and save one of Drac's victims, uncovers a trail of mystical entanglements and less-than-ideal choices made by several parties that unleashed the vampiric curse upon the world.

There's not that much to say for the game, in fairness. It's a fun if not particularly memorable romp, with decent puzzles and nothing too frustrating. The frequent changes of scenery are a nice touch, and the story reads well enough, despite being a bit cliche. In some ways, I feel the game's core revelation kind of takes the ♥♥♥♥ out of Dracula, and one wonders if he'd be wearing a fedora and making whiny YouTube videos had either been invented in his time. And if he were real. i guess that's a sticking point as well.

But yeah, it's okay. You could play worse.

Here's what I was talking about re: fedoras, by the way. It's technically a spoiler, but the very description of the game spoils the same thing, so... eh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty38m8nnyfY
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Morana Le Fey
8.4 hrs
Posted: December 29, 2015
Puzzles and mysteries and undead! oh my! A mix of Interview with a Vampire and Sherlock Holmes. A+ in my book!
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art_illery
8.4 hrs
Posted: December 29, 2015
Walkthrough is needed with this game. I usually have no trouble with puzzle games but this is beyond frustrating.
No window mode, so you can't shrink the window as you hunt for a walktrough to help you figure out a puzzle that you cannot skip.
Very buggy and had to restart it constantly because things you needed to progress wouldn't appear and you are pretty much stuck till you find it. It might be becasue I am playing with Window 8.1 and had to rig it a little to get it to play but it really doesn't feel like it was worth it.
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opfonman
31.2 hrs
Posted: December 12, 2015
What Dracula origin is: it is a puzzle intense point-and-click adventure. It contains character's from Bram Stoker's novel. What Dracula:Origin is not: it is not a first person or third-person shooter. It does not stay faithful to the novel.

It has about ten cut scenes. Other than that it is all point and click. Be diligent and mouse-over and click everything. There are some very small action boxes. There are some things you will not be interact with until you have all the necessary information.

It is enjoyable if you like puzzles. If you are looking for sexy vampires and lots of blood and action check out other title. I did enjoy and finish this game in about 40 hours of play time. I did use a walkthrough to help me on some of the more complex troubles.
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MANEYAK
13.5 hrs
Posted: December 7, 2015
This game is all about f***ing puzzles. No scenario. No action. No atmosphere. The Original book written by Stocker is 1000% more fascinating then this annoying point&click peace of u know what. Dont try to buy it: u ll waste your time and money. If you are inspired with Dracula thematics, you d better buy The Path of the Dragon or Last last Sanctuary or smth like that. This game HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THE GREATE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY COUNT DRACULA!!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
63 of 78 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 12, 2014
1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=345591197
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.

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

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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 27, 2011
Such a bad, borring game.

It's a straight forward point-and-click adventure game, but the puzzles are easy for the player to figure out; at least they are when the obvious solution actualy works.
For example, you can't enter an area because it's dark. *use matches on lantern* Nope.
*Use lantern on matches* Nope
*Use lantern on dark cave entrance* Nope
The correct option is to light the matches and drop the lit pack at the entrance. Because ligthing all your matches and leaving them in a burning pile at the door makes perfect sense when you have a lantern.

The other problem is that you will figure out the puzzle and the solution to whatever your doing before your character does. If you don't scrape away every pixel from that tombstone, he won't read it and if you enter the answer to the riddle yourself it just won't work. The player character is dumber than you, and you're not allowed to play smart.

I paid about 99 cents for this game and still feel ripped off.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Finished! An enjoyable (and fairly easy) adventure game. Nice background graphics too!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Dracula Origin is a decent puzzle game. Buy it on sale or in a bundle. USE SPACE TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN CLICK. The game nowhere I could find tells you to use space to see what objects are interactive. Once I figured this out the game got a lot more fun. Some of the puzzles are fairly easy, some are quite diffiuclt, and one in particular is just insane. I used a walktrhough for the last puzzle mentioned. The graphics are decent and the interface is passable yet clunky and confusing at times. Some of the puzzles use items in ways that nobody in the real world would ever use them. Using a dead badger carcass as a wine tube for instance. Sometimes I felt somewhat angry because logic went out the window on a few of the puzzles. Being made to click through every item in your inventory to find the right one gets old real fast, especially when a more obvious choice is in your inventory. Hrmmm...should I use the sword to break the lock or the throat lozenge? Yeah that's right...the throat lozenge.......

OVERALL: 5.5/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Dracula Origin for me presented an interesting and enjoyable story in settings that varied greatly and where both interesting to explore and well designed. The puzzels presented within Dracula vary in difficulty and complexity and the style of them also changes depending on the location you are in, this is a nice touch and keeps the game moving and engaging for the around 2 - 3 hours you are in a certain area. The story within the game follows a rather cliche plot, and ends abruptly however its enough to keep you going, however for an adventure game where story is usually a mian factor it is a bit of a let down. The sound design is great, with different background music playing in different areas and ambient noise creating a creepy atmosphere which suits the overall theme of the game.

Overall Dracula Origin is a well designed adventure game and did as a whole keep me interested, I would recommend this game to anyone wanting a casual adventure game that does not last to long but overall tells a short creepy story with clever puzzels. For me $10 is a good price for fun experience you will get, however if you are not that into adventure games I would recommend waiting for a sale.

Overall 8/10.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
Hell,
I love this game!!!!
Has hidden objects & really works my mind. It's nothing like those stupid games on Pogo.com my mother trys to get me to play. I really enjoyed this game & it's also goes with the few games that actually keeps my attention & interest well enough to play it all the way through.
I've been playing games since a kid when Nintendo, Segs Dreamcast, even Atari came out on Doctors recomendations due to a consitration & focusing problem I have.
So, even as a 37 year old it's still hard to find games to help with those problems when they actually can't keep your interest long enough.

I will recommend this game especially for those who have the same problems I do.
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