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 (844 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/2000/XP/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium III 733 MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
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95 of 100 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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 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 widescreen resolution patch as well. I've seen way worse titles from that era.

7/10

By the way, this game includes one of the most badass grandfathers of all times. You have been warned.
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68 of 80 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
9/10, One of the best games in the genre

Pros:
Easy to get into
Excellent atmosphere
Extremely fun and playable
Great inventory system
Great replayability

Cons:
Poor options menu
Poor animation quality
A few nongamebreaking bugs

Overall to me this game would be a 10/10 if it weren't for a few small technical issues. It's over a decade old and I would still recommend this to anyone, new and old gamer alike. It was obviously made by someone with a great vision for game design, but lacking a few technical skills to get everything just right.

Don't mind the short logged play time. If you want to change the graphics options you have to start it from the launcher in the game directory. If you click play through that Steam doesn't track the time. I did play it :P
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183 of 276 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Yet another game scarier than Evil Within.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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.
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313 of 497 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I absoloutely love this game! The only reason I don't have more hours sunk into it is that it is scary as heck. You will literally be jumping through your roof with this game.

PROS:
Randomized world each playthrough.
A true horror game, capable of what a horror game should be capable of.
A range of weapons.
Interesting weapon tactics (I.E using a crucifix to scare away certain enemies)

Cons:
For me, it only worked in 800x600 until I got a patch mod.
As some of the others have said, it does have poor animations, but this is also a game from 2003....
Incredibly scary- DON'T BUY IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO BE DEAD FROM A HEART ATTACK.
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123 of 201 people (61%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
used jesus to kill a spooky monster


10/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
It's so hilarious that it's fun.

Protip: the punches are stronger than the sword. Also, doors and chests are dangerous; I've been killed by doors and chests smacking me in the face because I opened them and got too close LOL.
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Run, you're out of stamina, rescue someone, get scared by a dog, and kill an innocent person. That's the circle of life.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Picked up a medkit at 36 hp
Vampire jumped from the roof and fell on me, and after killing him I had a remaining 2 hp
Heard a yell, turns right
Half naked vampire girl glitched through the floor and kills me

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ myself again.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This ♥♥♥♥ is scary as hell.. ♥♥♥♥ the new gen horror games this is the real deal. No matter that the graphic is outdated this is worth playing.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Best low graphic horror game ever, hope for resolution fix :)
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Played about 9 minutes of this and already got jump scared 2 times. I recommend this if you want something to get you scared at night or day. And a really good music for an horror game
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
+ Very atmospheric;
+ Nice and fitting soundtrack (also really scary);
+ Random generated events;
+ Well done overall classic vampire style;
+ You can use a cross as a weapon;

- Graphics are kinda dated and some animations are kinda clunky, but hey, it's a 2003 game (that doesn't bother me, but if you are a graphic ♥♥♥♥♥ stay away from this game)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
>Walking down a hallway

>Hear something go "ROUADUDHHASUHUGUHUGUGU" at 3x the volume should be.

>Spazzes out, wasting all the bullets and missing the monster that made the initial sound.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
We need a HD remake of this game!

many scarejumps, scary sounds and everything.

9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Can you save your family from the clutches of evil?!
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is an intriguing game and story where you are James Patterson; The man who's sister is about to be married to the Count of a Romanian family and you happen to be arriving late. Surprise! The count and his entire family are made up of vampires and you and your family are on the dinner menu. There are several things about this game that may positively or negatively influence your opinion so it's good to be aware of what you're buying.

  • What works:
    +Music: Built to increase tension, Nosferatu's score consists of several ambient tracks and string arrangements that can easily keep you on your toes as you venture through the castle.
    +Ranged Combat: The gunplay is very satisfying and explosive. There is nothing quite like waiting for that one ghoul to pop around the corner just so you can flintlock him in the face.
    +Level Design: Imagine Castlevania type theming with all the exploratory rooms you could ask for. Oh and it's randomly generated.
    +Enemy Difficulty: While not overbearing or a slap on the wrist, nothing screams good mechanics like the feeling that it's all your fault when you lose health or die.

  • What doesn't quite work
    -Melee Combat: Chunky and reminiscent of games where they were just testing this kind of thing out. Like Daikatana.
    -Hilarious Physics Bugs: I suppose you've always wanted to walk into a chest, be subsequently tossed into the air and make a loud "umph" as you slap against the floor. No? Well okay too bad then.
    -AI From Hell: The AI characters really love getting stuck trying to follow you. This includes any obstacles or doors in your way. God forbid you have to escort more than one at any time.

    Overall, I recommend Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi because it's still very enjoyable and easy to get into despite the silly glitches.

    7.5/10 Knock yourself out
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Game reminds me of the the old school clive barker game. Your mission is about saving all of your family members before the die. You can save em or you could kill them. You fight dogs, vampires, and werewolves!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
It gets creepier every time...

This is a great title. I have played it quite a few times now and find it a bit too tough as I keep getting lost in the Garrison and East Wing area, but it's certainly an experience. The atmosphere is really scary, as the accompanying sound effects and music increase this feeling.

I have only managed to rescue 4 people so far and to be honest, if they are all daft enough to be in there in the first place, I don't think the rest deserve to be rescued.

Great addictive game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
accidentally killed the doctor with a wooden stake

10/10

bravo! well done...the suspense made me pee my pants
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