Bram Stoker's Dracula
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993 on SNES, Genesis)
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993 on DOS)
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993 on Game Boy, NES, Game Gear)
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1994 on Amiga)
Description official descriptions
Loosely based on the 1992 film of the same name, players take the role of Jonathan Harker whose mission is to destroy "the horrible creature known as Dracula once and for all" by visiting many of the locations from the film and fighting the enemies located there.
This Sega CD game is a side-scrolling action title that makes use of digitized backgrounds (sometimes with interesting effects), digitized actors/objects, voice briefings before each level and full motion video cutscenes from the film.
The top of the screen is taken up by a stylish display showing the player's score, health bar and the health bar of the enemy boss of the level (should there be one). Players, controlling Jonathan Harker can move left and right on the screen, jump in the air, perform a high kick and rapidly punch. Using these skills, Jonathan must defeat all manner of enemies including bats, zombies, vampires. Powerups can be found at various points, usually descending from the top of the screen. These include: an invulnerability powerup which also instantly kills enemies, a health restore powerup.
Credits (SEGA CD version)
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|Sony Electronic Publishing Company
|Columbia Pictures Merchandising
|Design and Gameplay Direction
|Third Party Liason
|[ full credits ]
Average score: 54% (based on 13 ratings)
Average score: 2.7 out of 5 (based on 10 ratings with 1 reviews)
The CD version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is the same as its cartridge cousin, except that it has improved music, sound effects and (thanks to the storage capacity of a CD) some grainy digital pictures and other sort props and imagery from the 1992 film
In theory, a beat 'em up, side-scrolling platformer, based on a horror film, would make a great game. Well, if you played any of the Splatter House games, then you know that the theory can be made into a reality. Sadly, in this case once you get past these "bonus features" the the Sega CD version has many of the same faults as its cartridge cousin.
Jonathan Harker is tough to control and easy to be hit by just about anything. If you are able to master his moves, you will come to the conclusion that has so very few of them.
Yes, Harker was not an action hero or martial arts expert in the 1992 film. However, the game adaption could have just as easily been done as a graphic adventure or role playing game. Heck, it probably would have been a better game.
So, If you are going to have Harker punch and kick his way through the game (which already has little to do with the film), then you might as well give a wide range of defense and offensive moves that can be easily executed. Heck, you might as well add in a few other playable characters.
The Bottom Line
The Sega CD version of Bram Stoker's Dracula only offers the standard extras that do substantially improve on the Sega Genesis version. Too often Sega CD games would suffer the grim fate of being only, slightly, improved editions of Sega Genesis games.
If you really want to fight some vampires on the Sega, then I would suggest giving, "Dracula Unleashed" a go. Otherwise, the best thing that can honesty be said about this game is, well, its noticeably less painful then watching a 'Twilight' movie.
SEGA CD · by ETJB (428) · 2013
|Incorrect info in user's review
|Jan 2, 2014
- Issue #4 - #21 in the "Top 25 Worst Video Games of All-Time" list
Related Sites +
Video review of Dracula games (WARNING: Language)
The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Dracula-based games, including taking a second look at Bram Stoker's Dracula on Sega CD. He reviewed this once already in his Sega CD reviews.
Video review of the system (WARNING: Language)
The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews the Sega CD and gives brief reviews of some games, including Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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Game added May 1, 2010. Last modified February 9, 2024.