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    Dracula: Origin
    Dracula: Origin reveals the origins of the Dracula curse. Once the ardent defender of Christendom, Dracula loses his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76328) on Mar 31, 2011.

Back of Keep Case - Windows (UK):

    DRACULA: ORIGIN

    Mysteries, riddles, love, fear, and vampires... Dracula: Origin plunges you into a fantastic, gothic and romantic story. From Victorian England to the disquieting Transylvanian mountains, hurl yourself in pursuit of the Prince of Darkness through a succession of flamboyant scenes and magnificent gothic decors. Supported by impeccable graphics, a solid scenario and numerous riveting puzzles, Dracula: Origin will engage you in an unforgettable gaming experience throughout this major adventure game.

    FEATURES

    • A fantastic, gothic, romantic atmosphere faithful to Bram Stoker's original universe for a total immersion in the adventure.

    • A relentless hunt throughout several countries, in pursuit of one of the most terrifying characters in fantastic literature.

    • Superb graphics combining 2D environments and 3D characters backed by an excellent scenario.

    • Interact with more than 40 characters. Use and combine more than 150 objects belonging to the vampire world (stake, statue, garlic, mirror...).

    • Help system that shows the interactive possibilities (objects and actions) to help players in need.

    Contributed by PolloDiablo (16876) on Jun 25, 2010.

www.bigfishgames.com:
    2nd Runner-Up Best Adventure Game of 2008!
    Play as the vampire slayer Professor Van Helsing, hot on the trail of the diabolical Count in this thrilling Large File Adventure! The ruthless Dracula is searching for an ancient, eldritch ritual to return damned souls to the earth. As the eminent Professor Van Helsing it's up to you to stop him before his evil machinations are realized! Sharpen your stakes and dive into the terrifying depths of Dracula Origin ™ today!
    • Terrifying 3D characters
    • Challenging puzzles
    • Battle the ultimate evil!
    • Get the Strategy Guide!
    • Get help at our Forums

    Contributed by jaXen (257877) on Sep 02, 2009.

dracula-origin.com:
    DRACULA: ORIGIN

    Dracula: Origin is the exciting new adventure game from Frogwares studio, the developers of the popular Sherlock Holmes series on PC.

    Having stylishly blended H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythology with Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes - The Awakened, Frogwares is once again venturing into a disturbing and fantastic universe, the world of the Prince of Darkness, a world full of Gothic adventure, romance, mystery and terror.

    Dracula: Origin reveals the origins of the Dracula curse. Once the ardent defender of Christendom, Dracula loses his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire.

    As time goes by, Dracula discovers the existence of a manuscript that allegedly details a rite which brings damned souls back from the beyond. On the body of one of his last victims, Dracula finds the photograph of a pretty young woman, Mina, who looks so disconcertingly like his beloved one; he determines that her body would be the perfect host for the damned soul of the woman he worshipped.

    In Dracula: Origin, the player takes the role of the famous Professor Van Helsing whose life’s aim is the destruction of Dracula. Van Helsing must stop the vampire from finding the manuscript. A rich adventure that takes him from London to Egypt, Austria and through Carpathian Europe right into the terrifying home of the Dark Prince.

    Mysteries, enigmas, love, thrills and vampires…. Dracula: Origin offers an adventure that advances the genre in leaps and bounds with superb graphics and a solid story line. Made up of a subtle graphic mix of detailed 2D scenery and full 3D characters with a powerful sound track, the game brings to life the imaginary world of the original literary work by Bram Stoker. This new adventure game makes full use of the traditional vampire stories (horror, love, blood, crucifixes, stakes, garlic...) and the genre’s terrifying, Gothic, romantic and fantastic atmosphere.

    DRACULA, THE ORIGINS OF EVIL

    Dracula: Origin reveals the origins of the Dracula curse - that of a man tortured by the loss of a woman he held more precious than anything and offended because she would rather kill herself than give in to him. Slowly, the thirst for vengeance has done its work, turning the ardent defender of Christianity into a hardened servant of the Demon. Dracula begins celebrating terrifying satanic masses involving terrible atrocities. He was still alive, still human, until the day he drank his rival’s blood and then made a pact, sealed for all eternity, which made him the first vampire. He became the great monster of legend, bent solely on the destruction of humanity and with an unquenchable thirst for blood and warm, bloody flesh in his fangs… But the woman he loved has killed herself and has thus been condemned to eternal damnation; Dracula feels he was the guilty party as he was unable to save her.Thus condemned to wander the world endlessly and without aim, forced to suffer alone in his pain, he can only feel better when feasting upon the blood of the living.

    THE GAME

    Dracula: Origin retranscribes Bram Stoker’s world faithfully. The player evolves by a traditional Point & Click gameplay. Plunged into a troubling, Gothic atmosphere, the player will find all the typical themes of an adventure game through superb graphics with a skilful mix of 2D environments and 3D characters. The player will have both his mind and his nerve tested by the traps and mysteries that he will have to face. Stake, crucifix, garlic clove, mirror… these are some of the 150 vampire-themed objects in the game that you need to use alone or in combination to succeed in your mission. You will meet Bram Stoker’s epic heroes: Van Helsing the disciplined scientist, Dracula, the insatiable vampire, Mina, the idealized reincarnation of Dracula’s dearest one... You will meet more than fourty other disturbing or angelic characters with whom you need to interact with intelligence in order to gather precious clues.Those adventurers who may struggle to solve mysteries will be pleased to hear that Dracula: Origin offers an exclusive Help System. It allows players to be helped progressively out of their fixes by providing clues that slowly give more and more away.

    Travel through a rich variety of decors and locations as you hunt; a hunt full of leaps and bounds that will take you throughout Europe, to London and to Transylvania via Vienna and with a breathtaking stop in Egypt. Plunge into a Gothic adventure, where everyone’s every move is driven by the horror of blood and the longing for Eternal Love. Supported by a sound track quite terrifying, the player is forever propelled towards more suspense and horror preparing to take part in the struggle between two conceptions of the world: chaos and order, fantasy and reality.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76328) on Mar 21, 2009.

focus-home.com:
    Dracula: Origin is the new adventure game from Frogwares studio, the team that developed the famous Sherlock Holmes series for PC. Having successfully tackled the myth of Cthulhu in Sherlock Holmes - The Awakened, Frogwares is once again venturing into a disturbing and fantastic universe, the world of the Prince of Darkness, in an adventure which combines romanticism, mystery and horror.

    Young, charming and devout, Dracula was once an ardent defender of Christendom but lost his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Count Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire with an insatiable thirst for blood and vengeance, cursed to eternal damnation.

    In the game, you play the role of Professor Van Helsing, the celebrated vampire hunter, on the hunt for Dracula, while Dracula himself is on a quest for a mysterious manuscript which will give him the power to raise the dead.

    Your goal is to prevent Dracula from finding and using this manuscript, and also to kill him, in order to liberate the souls of all those who have had the misfortune to cross his path.

    Using conventional Point & Click gameplay, Dracula: Origin is a superb adventure supported by impeccable graphics and a rich storyline, which takes you to London, Egypt, Austria, and of course, to Transylvania, in the famous home of the great vampire. With a subtle combination of 2D environments and animated 3D characters, the game faithfully reproduces the world imagined by the celebrated author Bram Stoker, with all its associated motifs (horror, love, blood, crucifixes, stakes, garlic, etc.), in a disturbing, finely-realized and absorbing Gothic atmosphere.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76328) on Mar 21, 2009.

adventurecompanygames.com:
    Young, charming and devout, Dracula was once an ardent defender of Christendom but lost his faith in God when he is abandoned by his one true love after she marries. Count Dracula then makes a pact with the Prince of Darkness, and becomes a vampire with an insatiable thirst for blood and vengeance, cursed to eternal damnation.

    In the game, you play the role of Professor Van Helsing, the celebrated vampire hunter, on the hunt for Dracula, while Dracula himself is on a quest for a mysterious manuscript which will give him the power to raise the dead.

    Features:
    • An unrelenting pursuit of one of the most terrifying figures from fantasy literature.
    • Confrontation between two antithetical heroes: Van Helsing, the restrained scientist and spiritual hero, and the young and high-spirited Dracula, whose inhumanity matches his malevolence.
    • Superb graphics, combining 2D environments and 3D characters.
    • A deep storyline, focusing on Van Helsing's quest to kill the king of all vampires, and Dracula's quest to find the manuscript to raise the dead.
    • Interact with over 40 characters. Combine and use over 150 objects associated with the vampire-themed storyline (stake, statue, garlic, mirror, etc.).
    • A romantic, bloody and violent Gothic ambiance which is true to the original world created by Bram Stoker, providing total immersion into the adventure.
    • A progressive Help System leads players to the solution with increasingly accurate hints.

    Contributed by Jeanne (76328) on Mar 20, 2009.

Back of Box - Windows (US):

    Discover the Origin of the Dracula Curse

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    • Challenging riddles and puzzles throughout
    • Stunning graphics and animations that remain true to Bram Stoker's original creation
    • A world full of gothic adventure, romance, mystery and terror
    • Interact with more than 40 intriguing characters

    In an epic adventure that will take you to faraway lands, travel through London, Vienna, Cairo and Transylvania as you immerse yourself in an incredibly realistic journey filled with thrills and suspense.

    Take on the role of Professor Van Helsing, the celebrated vampire hunter, as you attempt to track down Dracula and put an end to his evil path; a path that is driven by the horror of blood and the longing for eternal love. As your adventure unfolds, challenge your mind and test your nerves while you encounter numerous puzzles and riddles, each carefully created to help shape your experience.

    Let your adventure begin ...

    Contributed by kwbridge (1539) on Jun 05, 2008.

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