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.
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2003

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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
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Česká Hrozba
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
this is a horor game,where biggest scare arent vampires,monsters,werewolves and other monsters............but GRAPHICS

All joking aside,game itself isnt bad,its a survival horror game where youre hero comes to this some kinf of mansion where should be youre family is now terrorized by vampires,werewolves and etc.
your goal-try to save every family member before sunrise
every time you save one family member they'll give you something,usually weapon (for example priest gives you a holy water)
of course youre family member can die either by monsters or by nosferatu
this game is randomly generated,so the castle changes a bit every time you play new game,so dont expect to find things on places you saw before in new game

game has great atmosphere and music of a vampire horror which is great

...and now i want to disscus technical side of the game and oh my god this game looks worse than first half life
and this game was released in 2003,the year when we got silent hill 3,maxe payne2 and call of duty
maybe they did not have a budget for it who knows
also controls are weird,whenever youre on stairs it always feels like youre on ice
and also it has lots of graphical bugs and framrate could be smoother
but even though it has lots of flaws its still quite enjoyable game so if you find it for 2 dollars in sales,go ahead and buy it

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( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
This might be old but it's way better than most recent horror games.
Despite being old som of it's mechanics are ahead of it's time.
Don't let the graphics throw you off.
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( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Great game, 10/10 would fix again.
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( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi

- Bugs
- Horrible controls
- Need third-party software to run on Windows 10 properly
- Outdated graphics
- Dumb AI
- Escort missions
- Escort missions combined with dumb AI
- Weird design choices
- Loud jumpscares
- Its easy to get lost and wander around the castle without clue where to go next
- Holy water is really overpowered and makes the game super easy


+ Didn't you look at the screenshots? You are fighting old school vampires in an classic gothic castle to rescue your friends and family from being sacrificed for some ancient dark lord! Bring over a friend, buy some beer and enjoy this epic battle against undead and time. All the cons mentioned above only makes the experience more fun as long you have that friend to enjoy it with you all the way. You'll laugh at how frustratingly slow your aunt walks through the castle, blocking your way and holding you back, only to give you ♥♥♥♥ zero in return, You'll make jokes about how your dog Buster sometimes disappears only to be found alive and well outside like a freaking coward. And don't get me started how much fun it is to figure each unique enemy's weakness together and freaking shoot a Count Orlok look-a-like with a freaking machine gun in his ugly pale face!

Great game, but best to be experienced together!
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( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
From the very beginning you feel like you're a character in an old film. Music, the graphics, the way the vampires, demons, etc looked, it created an impression of an old film, which was a truly fantastic experience. I don't even need to say anything, just go play this game. It's maarvellous.
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( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
It's a good classic.
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( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Underrated gem. Absolutely love the atmosphere and classic Universal Monster Movie/ Gothic Horror feel.
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( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
If I had to describe this game with one word, it would be TENSE.

Nosferatu is a charming little horror-themed FPS in which you play a man named James who arrives at a spooky old castle in Transylvania to discover that your family has been taken hostage by the count, an ancient vampire, who plans to use their sacrifices to carry out some profane ritual.

The game is essentially one giant map (the castle) full of locked doors and random items, with occasional loading screens separating the various "wings". It can be completed in a handful of hours, but this is sort of the point; you only have the span a single evening, in real time, to track down and rescue your relatives from certain death. You must then escort them to a "safe zone" at the entrance to the castle, at which point they will reward you with a special item, like a weapon or temporary powerup. Level design is essentially one long key-hunt; without the aid of a map you are forced to rely on your pathfinding skills as a gamer to keep track of where you've been and where you need to go.

Combat is simple, but satisfying. Enemies spawn and respawn seemingly at random to keep you on your toes. Some can only be harmed with certain items, like the crucifix or holy-water. If you fail to stake a sleeping vampire in time, get ready for a fight. The game is littered with unexpected boss fights. Spooky ambient noises and a contextual soundtrack that triggers in the presence of monsters add to the anxiety, considering without a lit torch it is often difficult to see more than a few feet in front of you.

I'm not gonna lie, I almost gave up on Nosferatu early on. I had to jump through several technical hoops just to get it running, and the game is excruciatingly challenging, packed early on with death by misadventure, until you find your first firearm. Technically the game is rough around the edges, which in my opinion, adds to its charm. As I mentioned you'll need a tutorial to get it going in full screen on modern operating systems. I was unable to pick up certain items and my gun was constantly clipping through the wall. The reload sound for the flintlock pistol goes on twice as long as the actual reload animation, which is distracting, and on several occasions I would go to fire a weapon only to discover it needed to be loaded... again... for some reason.

Overall, this is a solid if overlooked shooter from the early 2000's. It's short but fun, and replayable due to a level of randomization in map design and item placement. Most importantly, it's SCARY! The atmosphere is perfectly foreboding and you never feel completely overpowered. There is a delicious sense of urgency as you struggle to save your friends and family in time. I managed to rescue everyone before dawn except poor Melissa, who I was informed via a jarring cutscene had been skinned alive. Oh well, I still got to mow down a demonic horse with a machine gun.
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104 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people 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.


By the way, this game includes one of the most badass grandfathers of all times. You have been warned.
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213 of 271 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
This is my favorite PC game.

I've grown up with games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame etc. Then i discovered Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi. This game is for me a synonym to survival horror game. It has perfect atmosphere and suitable weapons against Evil.

WARNING! This game has bad graphics and sound. It's buggy as hell. Hit detection screws you over.

Have fun.
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99 of 111 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
An instant classic, a must have! Make sure to download the multi-resolution patch
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186 of 239 people (78%) found this review helpful
223 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
>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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82 of 94 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
9/10, One of the best games in the genre

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

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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66 of 73 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 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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98 of 121 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
Lets start off with the Negatives just to get it out of the way. Currently there are 0 graphics options in this game like none what so ever. The graphics are olllllld like Clive Barkers undying but slightly uglier at least by todays standards. I grew up with a Nintendo entertainment system so when the quake stuff game to market that is why my heart was and always will be I don't need smancy graphics

So Negative summary
* Graphics (depeding on when you grew up not a real issue for me)
*No resolution options D:

Postives list
*Rogue like difficulty and if you don't save you can play it like a rogue like this game does not auto save
*Randomly generated castles :D
* AI is very creepy has no Tehtering( this means monsters will follow you freely until you dispatch of them D:
* Real Survival horror.... none of that RE4 crows drop grenades ,you have limited ammo and health Runnnnn RUNNNNNN
*Lots of Atmosphere
* Fairly compitent sound design :D

hope this helps you decide on getting the game or not ^_^
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60 of 65 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2015
Ill get the most important points out of the way quick.

Is this game older? Yes. 2003 to be precise.
Does its age show in graphics? Yes, despite being around the same time as games like Unreal Tournament 2003/4, its still a very old and barebones game, visually.
But is it fun? Quite so.

The very first time you go through this game, you will be slow, unsure and downright inefficient. Youll use your precious ammo in far too high a quantity on enemies that you could slap down with ease. Youll walk into easily avoidable traps... and.. oh yeah, some of the people you are there to save WILL DIE.

The very first time i went through this game, despite all the difficulties i had due to various members of the group dying (and hence i dont get the items they give you) it was one of the most enjoyable times of gaming.

I recently bought it when i saw it was on steam (it actually disappeared from most locations you could get it for a few years, basically requiring a torrent to acquire), and played through it again. Despite finishing it easily in less than a couple of hours, it still remained just as enjoyable from the very start to end.

You are given multiple weapons, with varying uses and effectiveness of each one. You start with just a cane sword and stakes to begin with, but then acquire the flintlock pistol (and a short time later the rifle too, but its basically just a slightly more powerful and ranged flintlock pistol). Then if you do well enough youll find the revolver, grail and machine gun.
But funnily enough, the pistol and rifle are actually powerful enough to get you through the majority of the game, so it still remains playable no matter how badly you are doing.

Now, the focus of this game is to save your family members and kill the big boss vampire and his minions. Typical story, but useful enough in this situation.
There are two ways your family members get killed in this:
1. You take too long to find them. Every few in game hours one of your family members dies off in order, assuming you havent saved that one already. Meaning if you take too long to find someone, they get killed and you cant open their suitcase to get their item (some of which are VERY useful).
2. They get killed when youre bringing them back to the entrance. THIS PROBABLY WILL HAPPEN. Just saying this right now. Theres a good chance that the unfortunately terrible AI that control your family will get them killed more than once. When enemies attack they immediately either fart themselves into a corner in panic, or run a short distance away like an idiot. And once youve gone forward and cleared the enemies, you have to go back and tell the morons to start following you again. The fun part is when theyve followed you, but you still have to stop and walk back to them every 20ft because theyve gotten stuck on a box, or wall, or door that closed in their face and they somehow lack the ability to open it now. And if youre lucky, the MIGHT not lose half their health as they sprint down stairs and take fall damage. (your own character can do this quite frequently too.).

Now, That might make the game sound frustrating at best, but as long as you save your game frequently its not the biggest issue.

Also, unfortunately due to the simplicity of this game, i cant really describe much more without giving out spoilers or ruining parts of the game, but lets just say that the map is quite brilliantly designed. It weaves in and around itself, giving you more shortcuts and back paths as you acquire more keys and access the doors between rooms and floors. There are many hidden caches of items that are sometimes a savior, and other times a nasty trap to lure you into rooms.
Unfortunately the whole "Enemy hiding above doorway" idea is overused to all hell and becomes trivial when you hear the audio cue upon opening a door. Or just looking up and seeing the extended lintel.

But anyway, This is a real gem of a game, and despite its flaws and pains its a enjoyable experience. Truly one of the games of the last many years which really grasped the idea of how to make progressive and atmostpheric gameplay. A game which truly didnt rely on its graphics to sell it.

Twilight Stress Relief Simulator/10. Recommended.
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63 of 74 people (85%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
don't let this nosferatu guy next to your light switches
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
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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