Put on your wide-brimmed hat, grab your weapons and embark on an incredible adventure in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia, where mad science threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal.
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Release Date: May 22, 2013

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"Get this game, dear reader. You will not be disappointed."

9/10 – Hooked Gamers

"The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a surprisingly enchanting ARPG from an incredibly talented team."

8.5/10 – IGN Italia

"There is a lot in this $15 game, and fans of action RPGs should really take a look at it. I highly suggest it."

8.5/10 – ZTGD

About This Game

Put on your wide-brimmed hat, grab your weapons and embark on an incredible adventure in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia, where mad science threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal. Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion, Lady Katarina (who happens to be a ghost, by the way). Explore the savage wilderness in the mountains and the soot-stained brick districts of a grim metropolis twisted by weird science, and don’t forget: you might never know who the real monsters are!

Main Features

  • Enter a memorable gothic-noir universe filled with monsters, magic and weird science.
  • Play through a refreshingly unique story, spiced up with wry humor and snappy dialogue.
  • Fight fierce battles against supernatural foes with diverse skills and abilities.
  • Use the special abilities and tailor the skills of your remarkable follower.
  • Customize your character through a detailed level-up system where you decide which skills and abilities you’ll need for the hunt.
  • Modify your skills on the spot with a unique power-up system.
  • Learn the secrets of mystical alchemy and forge powerful items.
  • Build and develop your hideout and place traps to defend it from waves of terrible monsters.
  • Become the greatest monster slayer of all time while playing a cooperative multiplayer monster hunt up to four players.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8800, Radeon HD4000, Intel HD4000 (min. 512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit)
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU 2.5 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 560 or Radeon HD5800
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 11 compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 330M, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD4670
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 285M or Nvidia 640M or AMD HD4870
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
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SixHealthOfFury
40.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
6/10: Really bad execution with exploring the world of the game and controls, but a good experience once a guide is used and controls are modified.

I need to be as clear as possible when I say the default settings and controls make this game a 3/10, where it's practically impossible to play on Hardcore, let alone the highest difficulty due to enemies having large hit boxes and no easy way to move without using the mouse. The arrow keys can be used, but considering the game requires the use of a mouse for targeting, as well as the number keys and QWERTY, the range of motion for play is too frantic for a realistic level of fun while playing. Immediately change the game to use WASD to move and play the game like that when fighting enemies or it'll be a hassle during tough fights.

The next negative that is important to mention is the bulk of quests have no method to learn what to do, let alone not mess it up since they can't be repeated to get it done correctly. It practically requires using a guide because the game doesn't do anything useful to hint at what to do, or even warn if the quest leads to a boss fight you can't run away from.

I'm still giving it a positive review because those problems can be solved outside of the game, but I will give it a massive deduction in score because of that. The voice acting and dialogue are well done, the atmosphere is something I greatly enjoy and overall, it's worth it if you pay about $5. As of right now, it's not worth $15 because the game has too many issues that should have been solved in development and are obvious how easy they are to fix once the player experiences the bad decisions.
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Moosey Fate
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Why do you have to write a review to recommend the game. I'm just thumbing it, so this review is not worth reading.
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Wscieklykombajn
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Enjoyed it a lot,nice gameplay and well developed characters.worth buying
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mapleground
42.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
maps number is little.
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Free fall
8.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
У вас есть оружие, навыки и, конечно же, шляпа.
Интересная игрушка, может затянуть на пару часов. Приятная стимпанк графика, анимация. Музыкальное сопровождение тоже не плохое. Много оружия и амуниции, так же есть ветки прокачки навыков.
Добротная альтернатива Diablo и Torchlight.
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Aldondrius
38.4 hrs
Posted: September 5
Very, i mean very good game, i really enjoyed it.

There are some problems but not that bad;
- crashed about 10x times as i played but the backup save it has it's good, you only lose like 5min
although if you find some good items i don't know if you lose them or find it at the same location
- your companion is kinda useless sometimes, but not all that bad
- the tower defense part was very anoying
- i didn't try the multiplayer, donno if it's all ok

I loved the option to stop the respawning of enemies, i want to clear an area and not feel like i did nothing and everything is back like when i started, imagine if you take the trash out or wash dishes and
when you come back they are there again, nooooo way. :D

i give it a 7/10 .
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snowmind
42.1 hrs
Posted: September 4
Having finished Van Helsing in Heroic Hardcore with melee orientated setup, I can only say that it has been a worthy and enjoyable fill to my Diablo 2 addiction. The Blue Blood DLC helped a lot to clear up later levels which previously I found too hard (completed it by only reaching lvl28). Single playthrough took about 35 hours completing about 75% of achievements (could have been higher but gave up on achievements after aiming for the "But they are so cute! one by not killing any Igors at all, until the very end when one died by accident having forgotten to switch Katarina to ethereal). Enjoyed the good graphics, very funny dialogue and a lot of action. My only disapointment was the let down felt once completed, with only a 30sec cinematic ending the game.

TL;DR: I would highly recommend "The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing" to anyone that is a fan of Diablo 2 type of games or anyone looking for an action/ hack and slash rpg adventure.
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TCIonut
20.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
Pros: 1) Interesting story, but it leaves you with the story unfinished, makeing you to buy the second game to see how the story develops.
Personal oppinion: it's like diablo 1. You finish the game, but are not satisfied with what you did there...
2) Good music.
3) Easy to finish the game, here and there it's a little bit hard, but the entire game is quite easy.

Cons: 1) Few good spells, imo. I haven't bought the DLCs, perhaps they added something cool there.
2) Money is a big problem in this game, from my perspective. Because i could not make my ultimate gear withought farming like a noob.
3) Useless legendaryis, from my perspective. You get some legendarys that help you to a certain level, but when you go NG+ the same legendary drops but with the same stats in you first game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Having just finished the heroic hardcore mode, these are my thoughts of the game, spoiler free!



Even though i failed a few times, i still think the game is pretty easy. My fails were mostly because i got pulled in the middle of a mob all of a sudden, and couldn't get out. Even though i had good defense, they were still too much to handle eventually. So there was bad luck, and that's why my playing hours are what they are. My game usually ended near the end, so hours clocked in when i started again.

Game is fun, my only ARPG experience is D2 and Torchlight really but i liked this as well. Dialoque has it's moments that made me laugh. The world is interesting, though the ink dungeons got a bit tiring. But the some of the areas were really detailed and i was genuinely interested in exploring them.

Now to the part why i think this game is easy. As i said, i finished it on the hardest difficulty, with permadeath on. There's lots of builds that are just plain OP. Those times that i was in the middle of the mobs, it took time to kill me, except once when there was 2,5 mobs on me :D Then it was over pretty quick.

No game breaking bugs encountered, only some minor ones like gargoyles staying stuck high in the sky, or some enemies teleporting outside a bridge etc. This is fun game, funny dialoque interesting and diverse world, good came to kill time for a while (again, don't look at my playing hours :D).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
great game to play alone and great voice actors
10/10 would buy for friends
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Well what can I say about this game. It's fun, it's not that long thankfully because the game can get redundant pretty quickly, especially if you have Unlimited Spawn selected like I did the first time I tried and gave up. It was only after a couple of years I learnd about that option (didn't see it the first time in the options) so I went back to play it and I actually enjoyed it much better.

This is what I would call a low impact game. For me, something to play to relax and not worry about multiplayer chaos like CS-GO.

If you like Neverwinter Nights, it's something like the same style of gameplay. There is a lot to learn about the game but unfortunately I didn't encourage myself to learn the spells and tricks that the player can use in the game. I played straight up, in your face combat.

The only thing that I found that was a bit out of character of Van Helsing is that you are not fighting many werewolves. There are not vampires and classic monsters that we all know and love, though the story is based on mechanical monsters aspect. The beginning of the game does give you that vampire hunter feeling, but it doesn't last long. Still, if you are looking for a game to pass the time, this would be good for you.

As always, I recommend on buying it on a discount. $5 on a Winter sale I think I got it.
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189 of 211 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2013
A very atmospheric, dark-fantasy/steampunk Action-RPG.

I wasn't sure about buying it, as ARPGs aren't my favourite (though i really enjoyed Diablo 2), but i didn't regret it.
Actually, it's pretty well done.
You play the son of the famous Van Helsing, accompanied by the ghost of Lady Katarina, which will aid you in your battle against werewolves, robots and all sorts of other monsters.

The world is dark and with lots of steampunk elements in it, very detailed and atmospheric.
As you progress, you also hear some nice dialogues between the two main characters, which are pretty humorous sometimes. The game is also filled with some pop-culture-references (Lord of the Rings, The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, as to name only 2).

Though it has some minor flaws and might not be as polished as bigger productions, it's a nice and well done game, which i would recommend to anyone who likes ARPGs.
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154 of 172 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2013
Excellent voice acting, original atmospheric music , 15+ hour storyline and great attention to detail easily matches full price releases. Very underrated and together with path of exile the best in their genre (with PoE being the more hardcore/advanced option).
The class dlc is somewhat scummy but seeing as how the base game is so cheap its pretty bearable (plus the 'new' classes are just very specialized variants on the base class but still completely new in terms of trees and skills)
Minor critiques is that the gem slot system barely makes an impact but that wont ruin your enjoyment and fairly long load times on zone transitions (but barely slowdown once properly loaded)

Warning: game seems to use a consistent 1,5K-2,5K ram depending on settings
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124 of 139 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
159.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
“Be a hunter, they said. Kill monsters, they said! No one ever mentioned something about picking flowers!”

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing represents a solid action role-playing game, based on Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire slayer. It has a charming atmosphere in combination with an interesting storyline and lovely characters, set in a gothic–noir universe resembling the 19th century Eastern Europe, that is filled with original monsters, magic and weird technology.

The protagonist and his delightful ghostly companion have a wry sense of humor and contribute to the game’s atmosphere with many snappy dialogues. Especially the details in form of allusions to certain films, comics and the original book by Bram Stoker will keep you entertained.

The only shortcoming of this game is the rather stiff combat system, which would have needed more attention to establish a more fluent hack & slash feeling.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100% completion: +100 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 95
Multiplayer achievements: none

Chronology:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3 (PC)
Action role-playing game + hack & slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2015

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC)
Action role-playing game + hack & slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2014
Link to Steam review for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC)
Action role-playing game + hack & slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2013
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105 of 117 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Nice but short game

Van Helsing is a typical hack'n'slay with skill tree, mana, cooldowns and so on.
I took me about 18 hours to complete the game with one character (caster aka Thaumaturge), this include finishing all sidequests and expose every single area. Compared with other games like torchlight this is a bit short.
One variety was a tower defence part and the possibility to power up the generator for the traps. Unfortunately there were only 2 events were you have to defeat the secret lab.
After I finished the game I also tried the Scneario mode which contain higher difficulties starting from 31 (current cap level for the player is 30).
In this mode you could gain glory points instead of xp. Normally you should find better items on this
single map scenarios but compared with the items I already had the weren't better. But this depends on kind of luck you have (like in other games).
So I created new characters to test the other classes, but after a short time it doesn't makes fun playing the same story again.
At last I tried the "Neverending Story" mode which was described as "The monster will keep getting stronger while your only way to improve is to play even better. See how far you can get!".
Well it was really hard and the main thing I did was casting my spells and run away till all was dead. For stronger monsters that means run in a circle arround them casting again and again and don't stop to drink healt potions. And the bad thing was, this tooks a lot of time and after a while it gets boring.

Short game summary
- Level cap: 30
- Skill and ability points could be assigned
- Skill and ability points could be assigned to your aide (Lady Katarina)
- Perks: by finishing quest and killing enemies you gain reputation. There are 10 levels of reputation and on each of them you could choose one perk to activate e.g Unstoppable (Immunity to all movement impedding effects)
- Glory: after reching max level you could gain glory points in scenario mode. And with these points you could increase stats like attack rate, fire damage or cooldown reduction
- game modes:
-- Story
-- Scenario
-- Neverending Story
- classes:
-- Hunter (blades, firearms)
-- Thaumaturge (caster)
-- Arcane Mechanic (expulsion cannon)
- difficulties:
-- casual
-- normal
-- hard
-- heroic
-- hardcore character as special option (like in other games "death is final")
- multiplayer mode

Positive:
- good hack'n'slay: I played it through in 18 hours on two days caused of pickup loot and leveling up
- chest were you could share items with other characters
- single skills from the skill tree of player and aide could be removed by paying gold (same for abilities)
- multiplayer

Negative:
- too short
- difficulty could only be choosen on character creation time and not be changed after that
- difficulty varies to much: normal game could be played through no problem but the "Neverending Story" mode was too hard.

Conclusion:
It's a nice game which facinates me from the beginning till the end. Even if it's a short game I would definitely suggest this game.
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73 of 79 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
How to begin...

The first impression of the game wasn't that great. A rather generic forest area with expectable enemies didn't get my hopes up too high, but after around an hour the game gained a lot in both presentation and interesting content. For around 7-8 hours afterwards you are in for a great ride with excellent graphics, music and quests. Your companion really adds to game and lifts it above most Diablo clones. Sadly at a certain point the game turns into a pure grind fest and the content runs thin, very thin. The final battle is over the top hard and while it's certainly finishable, nothing in the game prepares you for it.

A lot of great ideas and lovely designed areas will keep you entertained for a few hours and if you can forgive the game a rather rushed/forced ending, I'd say it's a really good hack 'n slash RPG.

Pro:
- Great design
- Atmospheric music
- Interesting skill system
- Sarcastic and entertaining companion

Con:
- Too short and yet it still feels lengthy in the last 1/4 of the game
- Crashes occasionally
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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a third person hack and slash game very similar to the Diablo / Torchlight series. If you’ve played any of those, you should be able to drop right into Van Helsing with a good idea of how to play. The game seems pretty demanding hardware wise, and it heats up my computer, which is unusual for a top down isometric game.

You play the title character Van Helsing, a monster hunter on a mission to the country of Borgovia to answer a distress letter. It seems some unspecified evil is causing trouble for the people there. In the game’s world, monsters seem pretty commonplace, and you are actually accompanied on your quest by a snarky ghost named Lady Katarina. Gameplay-wise Lady Katarina is the equivalent of the “pet” in Torchlight, or a “merc” in Diablo 2, except that she talks to you all the time as part of the story. She has her own gear/stats/skills and can go back to town to sell loot for you, just like the pet in Torchlight. In combat she can hold her own for a while, but dies pretty quickly later on in the game.

The game is broken up into 2 city hubs like Diablo 2 Acts, each with its own main town, NPC shops, and quests. The game is filled with little hidden quests that you may not find in 1 playthrough, even though the maps are not randomly generated. I’ve finished 2 characters and the maps were exactly the same both times. There is an option in the main menu to have enemies respawn each time you leave and re-enter a game (like Diablo 2), and you can turn this on or off whenever you want. Like Diablo 2, you can’t see what level the enemies are, but if you’re having a hard time, you should probably go back and level up a little more. This isn’t possible if the enemies don’t respawn. In my experience if you don’t grind at least a few levels, you’ll end the game around level 27 (max level is 30).

The game has an extensive loot system similar to Diablo/Torchlight with normal/rare/set/epic item types as well as “+magic find%” attributes that can be found on gear to boost your chances of getting rarer items. There is also a way to upgrade particular items with “essence” which is kind of like gems in Diablo, or ember in Torchlight. I haven’t used the system much since every time I find a better weapon I just sell the old one, and don’t bother breaking it down for all the essences that I’ve put into it.

The game’s stat system should be familiar to people who play dungeon crawler games. Body (hp / melee damage), Dexterity (dodge chance / range damage), Willpower (magic damage/ mana), and Luck (critical damage / magic find) are your four stats and you get 5 per level up to distribute as you please. The skill system is more complicated because you don’t just choose skills (which can cost more than 1 skill point), you can also choose the “power ups” that can be used with the skills. These power ups are activated before you cast the skill, and use a “rage” meter which is separate from your mana bar. You build rage by killing monsters while mana just regenerates by itself. So an example would be activating a damage boost power up right before casting a lightning bolt spell. The power up drains some of your rage bar and the spell drains some of your mana bar with the result being a lightning bolt with increased damage. You can toggle an auto-activate to your power ups if you don’t want to deal with pressing the button every time. You’ll probably run out of rage really quickly though.

Another thing to note about the skill system is that your skills are broken up into several categories, though they all take skill points to level up. There are your main Skills, Auras, and Tricks. Auras are passive boosts that you have on permanently, though you can only have 2 auras active at any time. An example would be the Rampage aura which boosts your critical hit damage. Tricks are just another set of skills and personally I don’t see why they were separated from the other skills, except that they don’t use mana. An example would be Arcane Healing, which is an area affecting heal spell. Tricks have a cool down to prevent you from constantly spamming them.

Pros:
+Decent story set in a medieval fantasy world.
+Gameplay is mostly intuitive though some things really could benefit from further explanation. For example there is no explanation of the skill system. I went about 5 – 6 levels before I put points into any skills because I was afraid I might be wasting points on weak skills. Turns out you can re-spec them later, so go wild.
+Pretty simple multi player co-op system. I’m able to join my brother’s game pretty quickly and easily with an average ping of 80 ms. One thing I noticed is that the game’s multiplayer server browser doesn’t tell you if a person’s game has a password until you’ve tried connecting to it. That’s kind of dumb. A bunch of people constantly try connecting to my brother and my games and disconnecting because they don’t know the password.

Cons:
-There is very little information online for beginners. In most games of this type, you can find a wiki or strategy website where people share their character builds. I found one site like this, but a lot of the info is outdated. In RPG games I hate feeling like I missed out on something cool.

If you got this game from the Humble Jumbo 2 bundle, you should have the “Complete Pack” which includes the Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic DLCs. These DLCs are 2 new character classes along with a few class specific quests. That means you can see a few areas in the game that you can’t get into unless you’re one of these 2 new classes. The Thaumaturge is a pure spell caster and is probably the most enjoyable class, but easily killed. The Arcane Mechanic is a ranged attacker who shoots slow moving grenades and can summon support units. The base class Hunter is a little bit of everything, but really best as a melee tank with some back up spells.

I’ve heard people say that the game is pretty short, but personally I’m happy with a 12 hour game, especially one in the $1 tier of a humble bundle. I'm actually glad it doesn't have an end game grind like Diablo, where you just play over and over looking for better gear after you've finished the main storyline. Van Helsing also has a hardcore mode for people who want that extra element of risk (death is permanent). I never have and probably never will create a hardcore character since I die all the time in games like this. Overall I give the game a thumbs up if you enjoy hack and slash dungeon crawlers. You’ll find the graphics comparable with Path of Exile, and the loot finding should keep you occupied for a while.
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
This game is worth twice the price. A great ARPG.
The skill trees are interesting and probably my favorite of any RPG I've ever played.
Your companion is strong and valuable but not OP.
Script is EXCELLENT
Voice-acting is EXCELLENT
Music is EXCELLENT
Art is EXCELLENT
If you play RPG I would recommend
If you play ARPG it's a must have.
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