Help Mona De Lafitte escape from Baron Shrowdy von Kiefer and return to Paris!
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Mixed (44 reviews) - 54% of the 44 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 2, 2008

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About This Game

Once upon a time...

Deep within the walls of a gloomy castle in the equally gloomy land of Draxsylvania, the young, gifted opera singer Mona De Lafitte is held captive by her tormentor, vampire Baron Shrowdy von Kiefer. Ever since she was transformed into a vampire by Shrowdy and whisked off to Draxsylvania, her greatest wish has been to return to Paris, continue her singing career, and one day become a star at the Paris Opera.

When Shrowdy fails to return from a nightly foray, she at last sees an opportunity to flee. Together with her only friend and confidant, a cheeky bat named Froderick, she escapes from her prison and tries to find her way back to Paris. During her flight through Draxsylvania, where she encounters some strange inhabitants and some even stranger challenges, Mona must learn not only to accept her vampire nature, but also to use the abilities she has acquired to her advantage.


Features:

- A classic point-and-click comic adventure created and directed by Bill Tiller
- More than 30 hand-drawn locations in 2D
- Rendered using a real time 3d 'multi-plane' camera
- More than 25 characters
- Mona's vampire abilities and restrictions create interesting gameplay

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1,6 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB RAM GeForce FX Generation or ATI Radeon 9500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.O compatible Soundcard
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Mixed (44 reviews)
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Jasmine
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
One of my favorites! Very atmospheric, it drags you in the game. Loveble characters, beautiful scenary, graphics and music. Good plot. Some of the puzzles didn't make much sense, though. Still, I hope A Vampire Story 2 makes it, because it's got me hanging.
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Lepi Oblacic
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Do not buy this game! It doesn't work! It's rip off, there is no patch or anything and there won't be probably. So if you have win 7 and above, you can't play it. It's looks like a great point & click game, but...

*This is what I found and it worked, but without cutscenes etc. However, for me it didn't worked fully.

from Momo1991:
1) Navigate to Program Filesx86
2) Select "Steam" folder
3) Select "SteamApps" folder
4) Select "Common" folder
5) Select "A Vampyre Story" folder
6) Select "Game" folder
7) Scroll down to "Main"
8) Right click "Main"
9) On the Compatibility tab - click "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows XP (ServicePack 3)" from the drop-down
10) Also under Settings: check "Disable display scaling oh high DPI settings"
11) Also under Privilege Level: check "Run this program as administrator"
12) Click the "Apply" button and close the pop-up
13) Back in the "Game" folder, locate the file named " libpandadx9.dll "- click the file name and add a 2 - libpandadx9.dll2
14) Click "Main" and start the game
15) Set Anti-Aliasing to zero
16) Exit game, go back to the Game folder, remove the "2" from libpandadx9.dll2 so that it reads libpandadx.dll (ignore the pop-up warning)
17) Click "Main" again and the game will run perfectly with all the cutscenes
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Baphomet
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
After trying a bunch of methods to get this game to work on my Win7 x64 system I concluded that it just wasn't worth the effort and I don't feel like running a VM just for an adventure game.

Why the hell is this even in the steam catalog if it doesn't run on a modern o/s?
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Kuuppa
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
A Vampyre Story is a pretty good point & click adventure. Funny too. I used to play the DVD release back in 2008/9. Sadly it no longer works with modern operating systems, and publisher responsible for the Steam release few years ago apparently never had any intention to ruin their perfect money grab by fixing the game before the release. Some people have been able to get it to work, but most have not. I'm sadly one of the latter ones, so I am unable to recommend the game at the moment.

So if you have an older computer with Windows XP or Windows Vista, go for it. A Vampyre Story is totally worth it if you just have the means to run it.
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-FDinasty- Gin
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Not recommended, the game is incredible good, has a interesting history, likeable characters, superb voice acting and animation ,the puzzles are challenging,I admit the game don't work too well in modern OS, but I put a guide so people can make it work with easy ,I use a windows 10 and I get it to work with all the cuteness, I even finished it ,the only problem is that the game was minded to be composed of 4 episodes, and this is only the first ,it has a good length you will spend a lot of time in this ,but to expend hours in a game and its end in a cliffhanger, and when you check it on Facebook they say the sequel is on hold, is simply disrespectful!!! I expect that they enjoy my money that I put in the game in the hope that its a full game ,don't put this type of information was dishonest and a bad customer service ,shame on you guys...
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Encephalon
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 17, 2015
A Vampyre Story is a 2008 horror comedy graphic adventure set in Europe during the 1890s, and follows a young female opera singer, recently turned vampire named Mona with her trusty sidekick bat companion Froderick as they attempt to make the journey back home to Paris.

As with any graphic adventure games, puzzles feature heavily. Most puzzles are creative and challenging and have a logical solution. I didn't however like a particular "Mix Potions into Different Potions" type of puzzle as it seems too over-used in graphic adventure games. It shouldn't be too hard for seasoned adventurers, although for me, I have to refer to the walkthrough more then once. Overall it took me around 15 hours to complete the game. Your mileage may vary.

This game introduces the concept of an "idea icon" in the inventory. Lets say if you attempt to have Mona take a sword, a sword-specific icon, not the actual sword will be added to the inventory. If necessary, Mona will teleport back to the sword, grab it, and teleport back to use it where she's supposed to. While unique, I thought it to be unnecessary. Nevertheless this is one of the game's unique way of distinguishing itself from other titles.

The voice acting for all the characters were pretty well done, but I especially enjoyed the playful and witty interactions between Mona and Froderick. Fantastic chemistry between these 2 characters and I really enjoyed the work done by their voice actors. The game also has a very beautiful orchestral and very professionally done soundtrack.

That said, there are also some serious shortcomings to this game.
Firstly, I understand that due to the age of this game, there are some people who are complaining that it doesn't even run on their computers. I am lucky that I am one of the few who have no such issues running it on Windows 10.

Secondly, there is no way to play this game in widescreen mode. The whole game is permanently stuck in a 1024x768 resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio which means you will never be able to get it to play in fullscreen and will always have 2 thick ugly black bars at the side. In-game video resolutions are even lower then 1024x768 making the whole game look extremely dated in 2015.

Then there is the cliff-hanger ending. This entire game is only Chapter One and I understand that it was originally intended to be the first of a 4 part series. Sadly it seems that while a sequel was announced back in 2009, nothing was ever heard of it ever again due to some budget or legal issues with the publisher. As of 2015, it has already been 6 years since the initial 2009 announcement of the sequel. I highly doubt that it will ever be released.

Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10
Despite its low resolution, aspect ratio and other technical issues, I actually enjoyed the game very much. The cartoony 3D art style, wonderful soundtrack and whimsical story really brought back many fond memories of the good ole days of point-and-click graphic adventures.

If you can look past the technical issues that I mentioned and don't mind that the game ends at a cliff-hanger and is unlikely to ever release any sequel, I'd actually recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a good funny story with moderately challenging puzzles.
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stevehl
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 4, 2015
The game is Broken and well not start and no one bothered making it work with newer systems or OS before selling it on Steam. in the old Days win Steam First Started they Would not Even Sell Crap like this.
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Iain
( 46.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 27, 2015
A starting note that the play time does not reflect game length or completion time as I often leave games running whilst off doing other things.

A Vampyre Story is a fun point and click game that whilst not breaking any moulds of the genre it's characters and dialogue I thought were witty and memorable and had me laughing out loud a fair few times. It also looks good, but the animations can sometimes 'stick' shall we say, although this is not a big issue.

Any fans of P&C's will not be diasapointed in what this has to offer, although not the most challenging game out there, the puzzles aren't ludicrously obscure as they can be in some other titles and range from simple to medium difficulty.

A couple of notes the game might need tweaking a little to run on newer systems but a quick search and you can find the simple information needed. Also I would add that you should try to 'Pick up', 'Talk to', etc every object as mentioned above the dialoug was for me the best part of the game. Lastly use the right click button when changing screens or rooms as Mona, your character, does walk slowly and using RC will skip the walking.

Overall a enjoyable experience - 3.5 (bordering on 4 at times) out 5.
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Tank-sia
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2015
game worked for 2 hours then i i went off, next day i went on it wont load just shows it tries to loads but doesnt come on, then i re click of app but says it running but isnt yet itadds time on to game even though it wont come on. they need to sort the issues ot on this game or refund it
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Emrys89
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19, 2015
I just finished chapter 1 of this game. When am I gonna start on chapter 2? Good question. Thing is that while this game is fun and enjoyable the game is sort of unfinished. I enjoyed the game and the characters alot but found it saddening to see that the game has been put on hold. Seeing as they didn't have the founding. However I still enjoyed the game and would love for more.

I would recommend this game only for those of you who would like a fun and quirky character selection, with a point and clicker game. The sad things is that the game is saddly still not finished but I am hoping with some support from its community the game will take of once more.

Also I bought it when it was on sale. Keep this game in mind while a sale is on and buy it and enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
One of my favorites! Very atmospheric, it drags you in the game. Loveble characters, beautiful scenary, graphics and music. Good plot. Some of the puzzles didn't make much sense, though. Still, I hope A Vampire Story 2 makes it, because it's got me hanging.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
In the style of the LucasArts classics, particularly The Curse of Monkey Island it is really enjoyable! And from the same writers so you can have fun just with the dialogue!

The soundtrack is also whimsical great!

Aside it only runs on Windows Xp (ERRATUM, it works on Modern OS! Thank you -FDinasty- Gin "you just need to put XP in compatibily mode and install the directX inside the directX folder"), it worth it the effort to play this game!
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this game. It had some great humor and I enjoyed the puzzles. I would recommend it. It reminded me of the Monkey Island and Sam and Max series which are two of my favourate series. I found it worth the price and I would recommend it to any friends who enjoy the puzzle solving genre.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
This little gem of an adventure game grows on you. Despite the main character being from Paris and talking in a German accent, the game is a suitably silly vampire story about an opera singer (who doesn't really believe she's a vampire) trying to escape a castle in Draxsylvania and get back to Paris. Her comedy sidekick bat sits on her shoulder and supplies plenty of sarcasm. There are some memorable characters, the voice acting is pretty good, and there's lots of jokes on just about every clickable object.
The controls are decent, a few of the puzzles are illogical, but otherwise bearable, and the story gets better and better as the characters grow.
Be warned that it ends sort of abruptly and was supposed to have been a two-parter, but the second game was never made. Some sort of information about that would have been nice up front, but it doesn't actually matter much. It's not too much of a cliffhanger, and the game is enjoyable enough that you can't really feel mad about it. If anything, you're sad you can't spend more time with the characters, but a prequel is in the works, so here's hoping.
I couldn't get the game running when launching from steam, but running the exe file in the game folder worked.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
This is not a scary point a click adventure by far but it does have an appeal being a, "cutsie", type of vampire game.
Expect typical Monkey Island type gameplay. The story itself is nothing new with the female seeing an out of a bad relationship that was forced upon her. She's trapped and looking for a way out of it and to get to Paris. In some ways
the puzzles and gameplay reminded me of the first Broken Sword game. And the atmosphere. The voice acting was rather good and the sense of humor in the game was funny and enjoyable. At times I felt the puzzles didn't seem to flow well with the story and found myself aimlessly exploring trying to find the next clue which led me into mystery. The story began to lose some cohesion as I went on so I felt some of this was clumbsy with respect to delivery of the story and puzzles in the game. The puzzles themselves weren't overly hard but, enjoyable. At times I would get bored and save the game to find myself coming back to it in 30 minutes time enjoying it some more. With that said
I found it to be a cutsie , entertaining , get away from the standard hack and slash and shoot em up games I enjoy as well. Recommended to get it when on sale as a 20 dollar price tag is far too high for this game.

NOTE: I am running Windows 8.1 and have experiencd no problems running the game. My system is up to date with an AMD 8350, 16 gig of ram, Radeon R285 and all windows updates (including optional) installed. I recommend optional updates as they do typically have game compatibility fixes in them. But I've run into zero issues with playing this game on a modern computer.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
I liked this game, despite the several hours it took to find out how to get it to work on windows 8.1/64 bit. The story is very colorful and the location scenery is relatively easy to navigate except, anywhere that the character is allowed to navigate to, it just show a big red arrow! it won't say: "Kitchen" or "Dungeon". As far as getting it to work, I had to go to where the game was installed, in "game" folder, I changed the "libpandadx9.dll" to "libpandadx9.dll2", clicked on "main.exe", and on the starting screen, turned the anti-alising down to "0", exit to windows, THEN I could start the game like normal.

Aside from that, and the fact that this is only "part 1" (no one told me, I had to finish the game to find that out) I enjoyed it. I did cheat a little, I used a walk-through, I HAD TO! some puzzles were like, "How the heck could I have POSSIBLY figured THAT out!?" All in all a good game, I mean COME ON! it's 5 bucks!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
A Vampyre Story is a 2008 horror comedy graphic adventure set in Europe during the 1890s, and follows a young female opera singer, recently turned vampire named Mona with her trusty sidekick bat companion Froderick as they attempt to make the journey back home to Paris.

As with any graphic adventure games, puzzles feature heavily. Most puzzles are creative and challenging and have a logical solution. I didn't however like a particular "Mix Potions into Different Potions" type of puzzle as it seems too over-used in graphic adventure games. It shouldn't be too hard for seasoned adventurers, although for me, I have to refer to the walkthrough more then once. Overall it took me around 15 hours to complete the game. Your mileage may vary.

This game introduces the concept of an "idea icon" in the inventory. Lets say if you attempt to have Mona take a sword, a sword-specific icon, not the actual sword will be added to the inventory. If necessary, Mona will teleport back to the sword, grab it, and teleport back to use it where she's supposed to. While unique, I thought it to be unnecessary. Nevertheless this is one of the game's unique way of distinguishing itself from other titles.

The voice acting for all the characters were pretty well done, but I especially enjoyed the playful and witty interactions between Mona and Froderick. Fantastic chemistry between these 2 characters and I really enjoyed the work done by their voice actors. The game also has a very beautiful orchestral and very professionally done soundtrack.

That said, there are also some serious shortcomings to this game.
Firstly, I understand that due to the age of this game, there are some people who are complaining that it doesn't even run on their computers. I am lucky that I am one of the few who have no such issues running it on Windows 10.

Secondly, there is no way to play this game in widescreen mode. The whole game is permanently stuck in a 1024x768 resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio which means you will never be able to get it to play in fullscreen and will always have 2 thick ugly black bars at the side. In-game video resolutions are even lower then 1024x768 making the whole game look extremely dated in 2015.

Then there is the cliff-hanger ending. This entire game is only Chapter One and I understand that it was originally intended to be the first of a 4 part series. Sadly it seems that while a sequel was announced back in 2009, nothing was ever heard of it ever again due to some budget or legal issues with the publisher. As of 2015, it has already been 6 years since the initial 2009 announcement of the sequel. I highly doubt that it will ever be released.

Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10
Despite its low resolution, aspect ratio and other technical issues, I actually enjoyed the game very much. The cartoony 3D art style, wonderful soundtrack and whimsical story really brought back many fond memories of the good ole days of point-and-click graphic adventures.

If you can look past the technical issues that I mentioned and don't mind that the game ends at a cliff-hanger and is unlikely to ever release any sequel, I'd actually recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a good funny story with moderately challenging puzzles.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Although it's supposed to be a part of a series of games that never got made, I enjoyed this game. I played it when it came out and again here on steam. It worked fine on my system (Win7 x64). I like it and I recommend it to point and click adventure fans.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
I picked this game up when it first came out on disc and I regretted never finishing it. I was thrilled that it showed up on Steam and I'm very happy my memories of the game weren't just nostalgia, it's very fun and polished. The tone and puzzles are reminiscent of classic LucasArts games and the art is top notch, even by today's cartoon game standards.

Some have not liked the voice of Mona, the main protagonist. It is high pitched and I can see how it could annoy folks but I thought it fit and didn't mind.

Yes, the game ends on a cliffhanger and a sequel hasn't been made - yet, but don't let that put you off, the game that's here is still great. Plus, the creator, William Tiller, has been looking at creating a prequel and possibly a sequel though the initial Kickstarter campaign didn't pan out.

I personally didn't have any problem running the game on Windows 8.1 64-bit. I also tried it on Windows 10 and in that case had to launch the game by clicking on the executable instead of through Steam.

I think if you are a fan of classic point-and-click you'll like A Vampyre Story.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
I AM glad I played this game, however, the frustrations pile up all the way to the cliff hanger ending. This was suppose to be part one, but as it was released in 2008 there seems to be no continuation in sight.

The Pros: lovely graphics, plenty of little laughs, interesting characters

The cons: lots of back and forth through scenes to solve puzzels that are unessisarily complex. (illogical methods to logical solutions)


-SPOILER -
A great example of how annoying the puzzels can be...
Increase the fire in the furnace by throwing perfume in the furnace. The increased heat melts the snow on the tree branches filling the water basin. The water in the basin freezes.
Use the shovel on the window to tilt the filled water basin. The ice falls in front the door.
Use the pickaxe on the door to have more space on the base of the door.
Use the shovel in the furnace to make it red hot. Use the heated shovel on the door. It melts the ice and it formed a puddle of water on the floor of the office.
Use the bellow on the puddle of water. Use the bellow on the furnace to put out the fire. Escape out the furnace. "
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