Help Mona De Lafitte escape from Baron Shrowdy von Kiefer and return to Paris!
User reviews: Mixed (38 reviews) - 63% of the 38 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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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 kind 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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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
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, it worth it the effort to play this game!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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