Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Theme: Vampires

Group Description

Games that are inspired by vampires, a mythological undead creature of the night that feeds on the blood of the living in order to survive. A person supposedly becomes a vampire either when bitten by another vampire or through the dark arts of necromancy. The characteristics of vampires are widely diverse (some hate garlic, others eat them :p) depending on territorial myth/folklore, legend, or pop culture. The closest original source of the vampire myth may have originated from the Romanian Strigoi mythological creature.

Vampires today however, are usually referred to Western or local European cultures, greatly influenced by either Christian or Jewish mythology. May also include Chinese vampires, who like to jump up and down like bunnies (seriously). These vampires may include some of the several characteristics (specifications may vary):
  • Undead (the creature is already dead, brought to life through unnatural means). May include other non-traditional means, such turning into a vampire through black magic, necromancy, or joining an accountant firm.

  • Appearance may strike as pale as such person(s) not exposed to sunlight, similar to a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) fanboi.

  • Drinks blood for survival and healing purposes. Vampires are equipped with supposedly two pointed teeth for this purpose. Usually targets the victim via main blood artery at the neck. Later adaptations include blood arteries at the wrist.

  • Exposure to direct sunlight is considered lethal. The traditional 'stake through the heart' has a similar effect. Though a head-shot with a shotgun may result a similar desired effect (especially if loaded with silver bullets). Later adaptations however have introduced day walkers, referring to a vampire hybrid entirely unharmed by sunlight.

  • Weakened (or allergic in scientific terms) by garlic, holy symbols (e.g. crucifix, blessed/holy water, etc.), people with diabetes; cannot cross over running water, etc.

  • May have shape-shifting magical abilities, such as transforming into certain beast-like creatures: wolves, bats, rats, etc. No evidence has shown a vampire transforming into a Pokémon monster.

  • May cast no reflections as they have no souls. Then again, neither do lawyers.

  • May have the ability to charm the opposite sex (or anyone for that matter) or possesses overwhelming charisma almost equal to the approvers of MobyGames™, in order to manipulate individuals to do their bidding. This is the part where you should start getting suspicious.
In pop culture, the myth of vampires have either been greatly influenced by two of the following fictional vampires, more so by the latter:
  • A movie: Nosferatu (1922);
  • A novel: Bram Stoker's: Dracula (1897).
Limitations
  • For purposes of this game group, games where vampires do not play a predominate role in the plot/story/theme or are identified merely as random enemies, should be excluded from this game group.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
3x3 Eyes: Kyūsei Kōshu1995PlayStation, Windows 3.xNihon Create...
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein / Bram Stoker's Dracula1994SEGA CDSony Imagesoft4.14
Nosferatu1994SNESSETA U.S.A., Inc.4.08
Bram Stoker's Dracula1994AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.33
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors1994Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.28
Chapolim x Drácula: Um Duelo Assustador1994SEGA Master SystemTec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A.3.60
Castlevania Bloodlines1994GenesisKonami (America), Inc.3.91
Rusty1993PC-98C-lab.3.50
The Awesome Adventures of Victor Vector & Yondo: The Vampire's Coffin1993Macintosh, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc....
The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang1993SNESBullet-Proof Software, Inc.3.60
Castlevania Chronicles1993PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, Sharp X68000Konami of America, Inc.3.62
Dracula Unleashed1993DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.3.67
Bram Stoker's Dracula1993SEGA CDSony Imagesoft3.23
Kid Dracula1993Game BoyKonami Corporation4.19
Bram Stoker's Dracula1993DOSPsygnosis Limited2.90
Bram Stoker's Dracula1993Genesis, SNESSony Imagesoft3.44
Bram Stoker's Dracula1993Game Boy, Game Gear, NES, SEGA Master SystemSony Imagesoft3.42
Dracula in London1993Windows 3.xSDJ Enterprises, Inc.3.00
Veil of Darkness1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.76
BloodNet1993Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsGameTek, Inc.3.68
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.82
Master of Darkness1992Game Gear, Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Master SystemSEGA Corporation4.27
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.30
Brides of Dracula1992Amiga, Atari STGonzo Games4.50
Dracula the Undead1992LynxAtari Corporation...
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Selected Covers

BloodNet DOS Front Cover
Front cover for BloodNet
3x3 Eyes: Kyūsei Kōshu Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for 3x3 Eyes: Kyūsei Kōshu
Bram Stoker's Dracula SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Bram Stoker's Dracula
Castlevania Bloodlines Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Castlevania Bloodlines
Nosferatu SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Nosferatu

Selected Screenshots

Developer's logo
Screenshot from BloodNet
Title Screen
Screenshot from Bram Stoker's Dracula
Intro
Screenshot from Castlevania Bloodlines
Title Screen
Screenshot from Nosferatu