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 (881 reviews)
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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/2000/XP/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium III 733 MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
76 of 88 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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205 of 300 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Yet another game scarier than Evil Within.
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36 of 39 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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316 of 508 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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129 of 210 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 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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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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38 of 55 people (69%) 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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people 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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28 of 41 people (68%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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17 of 24 people (71%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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14 of 22 people (64%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
An old horror classic, Nosferatu will shiver your bones and legs so much it will seem funny!

The game is based around the early ages where horses where used instead of cars, and the storyline itself is quite awesome. It runs really well on all PC's since its an old game, but never judge a book by its cover. Even though its quite old, it still doesnt fail to give scary jumpscares with tense moments. I myself am not a very easily scared person but the game still managed to accompish its goal.

The graphics seem simple, but for me thats what makes the game beautiful. It gives me, and (potentially) you a classic sort of old horror movie. The black and white ones where the television had just started to come out.

Unlike other horror games, Nosferatu gives you the ability to fight off the devils and monsters. There is a variety of weapons, each with very different purposes.

I got the game for free, and spent about 2 hours on it which is a rare thing for me to do so on a single-player game.
This game is so unpredicted that the cheesy graphics and the buggy animations and bots might even amuse you instead of giving you a scare!
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I loved this game back in the day and I still love it now. Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is a very interesting little horror FPS. It takes heavy influence from the classic horror films backing in the early 1900s (Nosferatu, Dracula, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Frankenstein and so much more) and brings it all together into an old school first person shooter much more akin to Wolfenstein 3D. The story is, your sister is getting married to the son of a wealthy count in Transylvania where you and your family have gone to visit to take part in the wedding ceremony but you arrive late to the party and it soon dawns upon you that things have gone horribly wrong, only to find out that the castle is haunted by vampires, wraiths, zombies, ghouls, demons and what other kind of classic monster you can throw in there. The count aims to resurrect the almighty Malachi and to bring the world to an end and it's your job is to save your family and to put a stop to the count from resurrecting Malachi.

Since this is a Steam review, I want to break it down into simpler, more straight forward lists of pros and cons:

Pros:
- Open, explorative level design
- Interesting weaponry
- Fun gunplay
- Great aesthetic, has that German Expressionism vibe to it
- Really creepy and atmospheric
- Old school, using medikits to heal as well as allowing you to carry all weapons and as well as powerups throughout
- Very challenging even on easy for your first run
- Randomly generated castle with each new playthrough (Some landmarks will stay the same but it's so you're not lost)
- A wide variety of nasties of the night to fight
- Enemy and item placement is randomized, leaving you wondering what's around the next corner
- Fantastic amounts of replayability
- Captures the feel of the classic horror films pretty much perfectly with it's soundtrack, story, theme, melodramatic voice acting, etc

Cons:
- Some of the geometry can be very dodgy, making you get stuck or fall through places
- The geometry can glitch out really badly sometimes, leaving holes to the neverending void of nothingness
- The graphics look a lot like Quake 1 despite being released in 2003
- Animation quality is quite laughable
- The Wolf 3D maze-like levels will confuse a lot of people, just make sure you remember the layout when exploring
- You are timed against a pretty strict clock, while times moves realistically you will often find yourself too late and some of the people you're meant to save will die off (The level design makes that even more of an annoyance)
- Hit detection can be a pain sometimes
- Not enough powerups in my honest opinion
- Health and ammo is a little too plentiful, it can kill the survival horror element of it sometimes
- The last boss is far too easy and underwhelming despite his cool design
- The game runs for roughly 2-3 hours, that's too short for most

I think Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi is a really great game with awesome ideas, good level design, solid gunplay and great survival horror experience. Taking ques from Wolfenstin 3D and being inspired by the films in the early 1900s makes it a pretty fantastic game for horror fans or old school FPS fans to pick and play for a little while. The level of replayability comes in by obviously completing the game in several difficulties but also saving your family members and completing the game as fast as possible, that leaves plenty of room to replay the game if you're really into it.

Overall I would recommend this with all my heart and soul, it's so much fun to play and with it's short length, it's great to kick back and relax and watch the afternoon or evening go by playing this, by then you might have beaten the game already. But it's always fun to come back to every now and then. Your first playthrough will take you a lot longer, respectively, and you will lose some of the people you're meant to save and by the end of the game you will just want to hop back on the horse and do it all again, this time doing it faster so you can save everyone and that makes it a very fun and addictive game to play.
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