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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Tibor: Tale of a Kind Vampire2008WindowsCateia d.o.o.3.43
The Tomb of Dracula1982ZX81, ZX SpectrumMoviedrome Video3.50
Transylvania1982Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM-7, iPhone, Macintosh, PC-88, PC-98Penguin Software, Inc.3.79
Transylvania III: Vanquish the Night1990Apple IIgs, DOSMerit Software3.32
Transylvanian Tower1982Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, ZX SpectrumRichard Shepherd Software Ltd4.00
Tsukihime2000WindowsType-Moon4.60
The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang1993SNESBullet-Proof Software, Inc.3.60
Underworld: The Eternal War2004PlayStation 2Play It Ltd.2.79
Vampire1986Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumCodemasters3.95
Vampire Brides: Love Over Death2010WindowsiWin, Inc....
Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service2000DreamcastCapcom Co., Ltd.5.00
The Vampire Diaries1996WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.0.00
Vampire Hunter D1999PlayStationJaleco USA, Inc.3.18
Vampire Hunters2007Windowsrondomedia Marketing & Vertriebs GmbH...
Vampire Killer1986MSXKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.00
Vampire Night2001PlayStation 2Namco Hometek Inc.3.20
Vampire Panic2004PlayStation 2Sammy Corporation...
Vampire Physics2011Browser2.50
Vampire Rain2007PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Ignition Entertainment Ltd. USA2.86
Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box2009iPad, iPhone, WindowsAlawar Entertainment, Inc.4.20
Vampire's Castle Adventure1988DOS...
Vampires Dawn 2: Ancient Blood2005Windows4.44
Vampire's Empire1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX SpectrumDigiTek Software3.53
Vampire Skills2011BrowserFast Games2.50
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines2004WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.4.16
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Selected Covers

Vampire Killer MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Vampire Killer
Vampire's Empire Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Vampire's Empire
Transylvanian Tower ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Transylvanian Tower

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen English
Screenshot from Vampire Killer
Title Screen
Screenshot from Vampire's Empire
The game loads to this screen
Screenshot from Transylvanian Tower