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 (1,508 reviews) - 84% of the 1,508 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
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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54 of 73 people (74%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Great training for taking care of the elderly.

10/10 would escort Aunt Sophie down the stairs again.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
This is a delightfully old-school experience, with a managable difficulty setting and great features that will keep you coming again.
I first played this when I was a kid, and it freaked me out a lot. It was scary back then, before the HD era. Nowadays, sure - it looks really outdated. But it's systems are not. Part roguelike, part metroidvanian FPS survival-horror experience, this game is sure to keep you engaged for quite some time. Even after all of these years, with the automatic upscalling and all, the game looks pretty good on a modern monitor.
The graphics glitch out sometimes, but it's not something a game restart can't fix.
Even now, in 2015, you can see all the work that went into this - it oozes with atmosphere and the creep factor never drops. Even all the typical moments of the old times seem cute now - like struggling to find your path because of "logical" game design (this castle Malachai's architect is probably the same one who designed Dracula's). Puzzles are never too easy, neither too hard. The hardest thing is memorizing the environment, as it's a large Castle and, well - you have no map, which actually adds to the experience in my opinion. The game's "Random Castle" perk is probably one of it's most notable features - each time you start, the castle is different. And the difficulties do a lot to change up things too.
There's a lot to discover, a great challange and ... well, I'm not gonna spoil it.
If you're into horror and you don't mind it beeing old and not super-high-spec-HD, get this game. If you are a fan of old-school horror movies, you should try it also. The game is absolutely modeled after the Hammer-era horror movies.
This game is a FPS metroidvania and it's awesome for being just that. When I was a kid, this is what I expected the "new" Castlevania games to be like. They weren't, but hey - this game is still awesome. I absolutely recommend it!

All in All:

+ Random Castle in Each New Game
+ Great Atmosphere
+ Still Holds Up
+ A thing that I should not spoil but it's awesome and you will know what it is if you play the game
+ Fun!
+ Good scares, different each time!

- It looks outdated, mainly because of the low res options
- It's a hard game, even on easy, in the beggining, until you get the hang of it
- Graphical glitches on newer hardware

Overall, as a old-school fan, I rate this a solid 8/10 for awesome atmoshpere and fantastic fun factor! If you are not a old-school fan and you want to try it out, consider the rating to be a 6.5/10 - it will be fun if you manage to get into it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
"If that was you on the phone and you on the bus, then who was flickering the lights?!"


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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Great atmosphere, great sounds, great graphics, great game. 5/5
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