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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Mean Machines (Apr, 1994)
A very clever piece of Mega-CD software, and an absorbing Victorian venture.
Game Players (Jul, 1994)
The search for Dracula takes you around London, dropping in to visit various characters, picking up clues and items. Its cheesy atmosphere makes this sequel of sorts to Dracula to resist.
Not a bad version of the PC game. For fans of the Sherlock Holmes games for this peripheral, Dracula Unleashed will undoubtedly be appealing. The full-motion video is well done (if a bit grainy color-wise) and the music is a knockout (don't play this one with the lights out). This one requires a lot of thinking and shouldn't be thought of as a fast action game like Night Trap or Sewer Shark. Let's see more like this one.
60 (May 03, 2007)
What a breath of fresh air for Dracula to have a good game on the Sega CD! It's visually impressing, and the voices all come across crisply. It's chock full of FMV scenes, and it's a game you won't be beating in one night. While the game might be too unclear in where to go and what to do next, and the desire to play might not be too high after you beat it, this is still a solid FMV title on the Sega CD. The campy nature will either lure players in or keep them away, so those annoyed with bad acting might not care for the acting. Still, if you play only one Dracula game on the Sega CD, make it Dracula Unleashed!
Video Games (Sep, 1994)
Das größte Hindernis bei Dracula ist zweifelsohne die englische Sprache. Tönt sie zwar glaskar von den zwei Silberscheiben, ist doch ziemlich aufgeschmissen, wer des Englischen nur wenig mächtig ist. Versteht Ihr wichtige Anspielungen oder Hinweise nicht, dürfte es schwer fallen, immer zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort zu sein. Das ganze Machwerk schimpft sich außerdem interaktiv, das Adjektiv, das die ganze Drakularisiererei zutreffender beschreibt, ist allerdings das Wörtchen inaktiv. Die meiste Zeit verbringt Ihr nämlich mit dem Betrachten der unzähligen Videoclips. Die nervenzehrenden Ladezeiten tun ihr übriges, um den Spielspaß klein zu halten. Mir hat‘s jedenfalls nicht viel gegeben.
Play Time (Sep, 1994)
Bei diesem Schmalspur-Adventure auf 2 CD-ROMs scheiden sich die Geister. Die 90minütigen Videosequenzen sehen allesamt sehr edel aus, und die Orchester-Musik klingt phänomenal. Leider ist Dracula Unleashed wie ein Vampir mit Knoblauchfahne. Die Benutzeroberfläche, über die man ins Spiel eingreift, den Spieler aus dem Geschehen und bietet zu wenig Handlungsmöglichkeiten. Die schwer verständliche Sprachausgabe (very British, indeed!) versetzt dem nur sporadisch gruseligen Adventure-Happen den Todesstoß!
Just Games Retro (Oct 31, 2007)
if you're a die-hard fan of Dracula mythology, you might enjoy playing through this once. Just don't expect to actually discover or do much on your own. This is more like playing the fatalistic part of an actor going through the motions of fulfilling a predetermined script, and the limits of FMV make this one of the more restrictive adventure games you can find.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 09, 2002)
Dracula looks a lot like Dracula from the 1992 film, but you only see him near the end of the game. There's some gore, but the Sega CD's trademark pixelation prevents it from being particularly explicit. The sound effects are terrific, especially when you ride in the carriage, and the music is well orchestrated and creepy. The user interface could be more streamlined, but it's acceptable once you learn a few shortcuts. Dracula Unleashed is a good-looking game, but only patient gamers will be able to deal with its slow pace.