It is a misty evening in the year of our lord 1912. The Pattersons, a poor but proud aristocratic family of the British nobility, and some of their closest friends, arrive at the castle Malachi residence of a wealthy Romanian Count.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,453 reviews) - 84% of the 1,453 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 21, 2003

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"Quite possibly the first FPS roguelite in existence, Nosferatu is a nice blend of survival horror and fast paced action with light randomization."
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About This Game

It is a misty evening in the year of our lord 1912. The Pattersons, a poor but proud aristocratic family of the British nobility, and some of their closest friends, arrive at the castle Malachi residence of a wealthy Romanian Count. It is only three days until the family's eldest daughter, Rebecca, is to be wed to the count's son, uniting the family with the rich heritage of the Malachi, hopefully restoring its glory.

The only person missing is you, the brother of the bride, who is on your way from Stockholm, where you have defended the Union Jack in the noble art of fencing in the Olympics. You are to arrive later during the evening.

Sir Patterson is disappointed when the Count himself doesn't greet the family at their arrival, but still he lets the servants show them all to their rooms, without complaining too loudly. It is not until later--when the doors are slammed shut and locked behind them, that he realizes his mistake that they have become prisoners and are at the Count's mercy...

  • Highly intense, first-person shooter, survival horror
  • Enemies appearing shock style from everywhere
  • A massive gothic castle with hundreds of rooms awaits your arrival
  • The random architecture generator changes the layout of the castle and location of the characters every time you play
  • Non-linear style game play, where different parts of the castle can be explored in whatever order you want
  • Pick up and bring your foes down with classic vampire slayers like holy water, crucifixes, and wooden stakes or old-fashioned firearms like flintlock guns and muskets
  • Some vampires can only be slain with specific weapons, which challenges the player's weapon tactics
  • Spine-chilling scores and sound effects seamlessly orchestrated to keep you on the edge of your seat
  • Eerie 3D-graphics with real-time lighting, grainy screens, fog, and mist to give you that classic horror feel

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/2000/XP/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium III 733 MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Really cool game, but rough around the edges. It has randomized maps where you rescue your family from vampires. The map is large, the enemies are good for this type of game. The weapons are really cool, but some of the combat is a little clunky. The game could be difficult to new gamers. But the graphics are dated, even for the release date. But the art style does add to the atmosphere. I got it free from a promotion, but will purchase from GOG to promote the publishers and developers. The game is not for everyone, but I give it a 9/10. Should purchase. Also has one of the most British characters EVER.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is a FPS Adventure Horror game. The game is in British where you arrive at the castle Malachi and found out there is Vampire you have to fight off to stay alive.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This game is not difficulty but sometimes it looks so easy you let your guard down.
Plus it's spooky, perfect for hipsters that dont wanna play the latest games and with no many bugs.
Enjoy this masterpiece, fool human.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I'm not going to beat around the bush: This game owns. It's a conditional sort of owning, the kind where the game itself is 13 years old and rough around the edges, but if you can get past that it is a fantastic experience. Your character is meeting your family at a totally-not-creepy-at-all eastern European castle for your sister's wedding, and you arrive in the dead of night to discover the castle is a den of horrors. It's a first-person action game that moves like the Quake II/Half-Life 1 era games, so be prepared for sliding around at 40mph with your cane sword and crucifix. You'll be glad of it soon enough, because the enemies are quick and relentless and you'll need to do some sidestep dancing if you want to survive.

The big draw here is that there's a whole castle to explore to find your family members, and it's randomized with each new game. I've found the layout doesn't change too dramatically, but the locations of enemies and items (including essential items like keys) vary immensely. The first time I played, the East Wing key was sitting right out in the open for me to take, but the second time I had to delve into the cellars and wrest it from a pair of vampires. You find a wide assortment of weapons and tools with multiple uses, like stakes that can be used to pin bloodsuckers or burn as light sources. And you'll need to use them, too, because enemies in this game do not ♥♥♥♥ around.

Again, this game is 13 years old, and looks and feels the part. But as long as you can get past that there's a deep game of terrifying exploration here. The atmosphere is excellent, with dramatic lightning and some chilling musical cues. This one's definitely a stand-out.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Vampires... how a Pen and Paper took influence over the Computer Games

It's been a while now, I think I first came into contact with Vampire: The Masquerade in the early nineties. It was a nice and decent Pen & Paper Roleplaying game. During the years following the debut of that given game, horror antagonists turned to protagonists and players were offered a different look on those creatures of the night.

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi swum on this big wave as it was created. Given it shows still the classical good/evil point of view, with an protagonist hunting vampires, demons and other nightmarish critters. But you have to take note that this game appeared after the sucessful Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption RPG title. And only slightly before Bloodlines.

Nosferatu is an "old" game, old because the graphics aren't fancy or beautiful as in most modern games, but still they do fulfill their purpose. The sound is sinister and giving a lot of scares when suddenly demons appear. The selection of available weapons is quite straigthforward, the oponents are manageable and of course the castle is procedural generated.

The game is high and low for a prospect gamer, it has done so much good things but on the other hand there are also a lot of things that aren't all rosy.

  • Proceduraly generated Castle, each time you play it, the architecture is generated.
  • Plays as simple and easy like an ego shooter.
  • Atmospheric, though dated sound.

  • AI glitches.
  • Sometimes the game creates a strong monster in a place that you can't surpass - if this happens to often you'll be frustrated and feel ganked by the game.
  • The game is old, and it shows - if you don't like old graphics - you'll better don't buy it.
  • Unexpectedly crashes. This happens only rarely, I recomend to put Steam downloads during play on halt.

Conditional Recommendation

This game is nothing for the faint of heart. It has old and outdated graphics, but still it plays most of the time like a charm. The sound is atmospheric, at times really sinister and speaking of impeding doom - on the other hand sometimes oponents behave stupid, or like stringed puppets. You have to pray for luck to win over the game, it depends on sheer luck for a lot of things to happen. If you like old action ego shooters, this game won't disappoint you but if you love fancy and intelligent first person shooters you'll probably better off with more recent games.
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