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The retro graphics (hurray pixelated black-and-green theme!) and cheesy sound effects might be a huge throwback, but please don’t let that fool you or lure you into complacency. This game can be extremely frustrating, especially for those who aren’t detailed and thorough. Not only do you have to find objects, but you must figure out how to use them either in conjunction or on its own, and when. An added level of difficulty is in the randomization of events and objects each time you try to play through the game: you never know when a werewolf will jump out to clamp its jaws around your throat. Transylvania Adventure requires patience, deliberation, and creativity. But don’t spend too much time mulling over your prospects–the Princess only has till dawn.
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
Having played my share of text-only games years ago, I will admit that there's something to be said for being able to see your environment. Most of the illustrations won't strike fear into your heart, but that dark werewolf with glowing eyes certainly looks creepy. Transylvania is interesting to play, but the game doesn't always make sense, and can be terribly unforgiving at times. For example, when you open a coffin to reveal a set of items, you need to grab the mice immediately before they run away, or it becomes impossible to finish the game! Stuff like that makes the game more frustrating than it should be (hint: use the FAQ). The inventory management system is awkward, and the storyline tends to go off on weird tangents, including an alien encounter. Transylvania definitely lacks polish and good design, but its hand-drawn visuals and old-school gameplay do have their charm.
The gameplay is totally text-based. Today, Transylvania has probably no other game value than being pure nostalgia for many of us.