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 (145 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 21, 2003

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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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
This game is quirky, spooky, and very frustrating. The clunky AI and mechanics are so bad you can't help but laugh and keep playing. What sold me was that the game was produced to look like an old silent horror movie. Some of the game elements are pretty innovative for the time, like dynamic music, a pseudo-permadeath system and the use of procedural generation. And the final showdown with Orlock himself was so worth it.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
An overall pretty good experience. It's actually short enough to keep you entertained for one evening (I saw the ending after 4.5 hours).

The obsolete graphics and the bulky melee controls may dissapoint you at first, but after getting into the game for about 1.5 hours, you'll really begin to enjoy it. Try to save your family from the fangs of the evil Count!

The Good:
+ Atmosphere
+ Fast game pace and progression
+ Weapons
+ Story and concept
+ Enemies (bosses included)

The Bad:
- Some minor but annoying bugs (like invisible enemies)
- Some minor illogicalities (like the procedure to save the last two family members)
- Quite short

The Ugly:
- The graphics, oh gawd...

Give this game a shot and don't forget to install the resolution patch as well. I've seen way worse titles from that era.


EDIT: By the way, this game includes one of the most badass grandfathers of all times. You have been warned.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Well I do a let's play of this game, and I have to say, I love it. Period!
Posted: October 20
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1 of 25 people (4%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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6.8 hrs on record
The game is very fun aside from having some bot enemies getting stuck on certain locations, but that happens rarely. The story is very interesting and unique where your mission is to try and save all your family members and friends from getting hunted down and sacrificed to the Almighty Malachi who Nosferatu tries to resurrect. Depending on the family members and friends you save, you will be rewarded with power ups and weapon unlocks plus an unlimited supply of health given the form of being a doctor. There are moments in the game where you have to conserve your ammo if you are trigger happy, using your cane sword to slash and hack enemies, but my favorite combo is impaling the demons of the night with a stake then finish them off by beating them to a bloody pulp. In the story, there will be many bosses to face like about six unfortunately due to the game being a bit short, but still an entertaining game it is if you don't speed run and enjoy the dark atmosphere surrounding the castle and scaring yourself when enemies appear out of nowhere. Overall, the game is a great survival horror and makes you feel the adrenaline rush since you are giving a specific amount of time to save your family and friends. My advice though, is to save the Holy would be victims since you'll be given a very powerful and overpowered weapon that King Arthur's Knights were trying to find, but good thing you have it.
Posted: October 24
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Play this one alone and in the dark. The Boogeyman gives this title major props for the sheer terror it brings.
Posted: August 15
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
I've just finished the game, in about 2 hours, so it's a pretty short game. But holy crap, what an amazing two hours they were! It's pretty hard to find good vampire-related games but this one is a classic. I cannot recommend it enough!
Posted: May 14
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Really interesting spooky shooter with slight random gen elements. Some rooms and the location of family members change in each playthrough. Big complaint is that you cannot adjust the resolution but thankfully you can find a hack out there that lets you do just that. GOod game, worth the 10 bux
Posted: May 27
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
I have played this game many times before, and i real glad to find this one here, on steam. So, what exactly do you get with this. Lot of bugs, graphics look pretty outdated, odd gameplay and aweful AI. But it really doesnt metter. When you going your way and hearing how ghouls going to rush on you, zombie moaning, you'll taste all of this game. Or not, this is not a game, this is a action classic horror movie, that you can interact with. It remind me greatest horror movie - Nosferatu: Symphony of horror, and that's the way i really want to do. To feel this spirit of horror, forgotten and so lovely. So, enough words, buy this game and watch this movie.
Posted: April 29
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Pretty Sweet
Posted: June 26
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
I love me some survival horror. And Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is one of the creepiest and most intense games I've played in my life.
The randomly generated environments and appearances of monsters (such as zombies, vampires, nosferatus and werewolves) keep the tension going and deliver some of the best jumpscares of recent memory.
Overall, while the graphics are dated, it's worth buying if you like action-horror.
SCORE: 81/100
Posted: September 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
I played this game when I was kid and still remember it like most scary game ever.
Now I saw it on steam and had to have it.
And im not disapointed at all, its still same scary for me like when I was kid.
Posted: May 18
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
+Atmospheric (screams, growls, whispers, groans)
+Ambient music
+Challenging (including time limit and nighmare difficulty)
+High replay value (the castle's architecture is rearranged everytime you start a new game)
+Inspired by F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

-Bugs (including NPCs and monsters' behaviour)
-Poor graphics (partially fixed with this:

My rating: 3.5/5 (Mostly for old-school gamers)
Posted: June 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
It's very short. It took me 3 hours to pretty much 100% complete it and there are no special challenges unlocked after completing it.

The combat is fairly frantic, unless you got the musket which pretty much one-shot kills everything that is not a black imp/vampire.

Lots of jumpscares, but they are not as annoying as you'd think.

Should you get it? Sure whatever.
Posted: May 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
If you like "shock-style horror," as the cover art boasts, and are perfectly fine with playing older games, then you should love this one. It's old, and you'll be able to tell right away—for example, you need to use a mod fix to be able to change resolutions, and the AI and physics are rather rough around the edges. But other than that, the game has a number of really neat and interesting concepts behind it.

While the structure of the entire castle is static and pre-determined, the non-essential items, enemy encounters, and locations of NPCs are all randomized upon entering and re-entering every room (aside from the NPCs, which I believe are randomized upon starting a new game), making the jump scare element of this game crazy good. You're also pressed against the clock with about two and a half hours (from 10:30PM to 1:00AM in-game) in which you have to try and save all 17 family members that are scattered randomly throughout the castle (a few are bound to specific rooms for plot-related reasons), otherwise everyone who you fail to rescue will automatically perish. Each member you fail to rescue affects the strength of the final boss, so you'll want to find everyone and escort them to the entrance of the castle as quickly as you can.

The game has a number of other cool aspects to it, such as having to rely mostly on very restricted weapons (e.g. you have a crucifix but it only harms certain enemies or wards off others temporarily, flintlock guns that need to be reloaded every shot, losing the remainder of your loaded rounds if you reload prematurely, etc.), a fatigue system that drains very quickly, a whole bunch of different ways random enemy encounters can occur, brief texts throughout the castle with interesting tidbits on enemy and castle lore, atmospheric music, very low level lighting at some points, lots of areas to the castle, vampires that have to be killed the old-fashioned way (i.e. wooden stake in the heart), and of course, the timer—which does affect the deaths of certain family members!

Overall, I was fairly surprised by this game. The AI for the family member escorts is rather primitive, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it immensely. Better than any recent indie horror game and certainly one of the only games to use random generation in a meaningful and non-lazy way. I recommend trying to beat it with zero deaths for the ultimate experience.
Posted: June 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Games fun, not the best graphics, control function a little bit of a challenge at times (can't crouch, sometimes does not save exactly where you F5). Way worth 5 bucks.
Posted: May 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Better dog simulator than COD
Posted: June 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
It's honestly a really great game, it's engaging, the setup of the castle and where items are changes each time so that can be challenging. Overrall I really enjoyed it. The only downsides I found were that the graphics are horrible. I enjoy games like this I love the look of it and occasionally it can be pretty laughable. Also you have to manually save which isn't a huge issue but it's important to know that when you begin to play. I replayed a huge portion of it multiple times because I died and didn't realize it didn't auto-save. It's easy to take that for granted. I would totally recommend it. It's also good to remember to check everything around you. There's been a couple times where I was unable to save a family member because I wasn't paying attention and didn't bother unlocking something and had to go out of my way to get me back to where I need to be
Posted: May 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
May be old but sweet jesus is it horrifying. Had me jumping out of my seat everytime I turned a corner. The music is brilliant, this is one of the best games I've ever played.
Posted: June 8
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