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Platform : PC Publisher: The Adventure Company Developer: Frogwares Studio Release Date: 2 Jun 2008 Last Updated: 17 Sept 2009 Genre: Adventure ESRB: Teen ESRB Descriptors: Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Violence Number of Players: 1 Player 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 lifeâs 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 vampiresâ¦. 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 genreâs 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 rivalâs 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 fangsâ¦ 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 Stokerâs 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, mirrorâ¦ 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 Stokerâs epic heroes: Van Helsing the disciplined scientist, Dracula, the insatiable vampire, Mina, the idealized reincarnation of Draculaâs 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 everyoneâs 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. MAIN FEATURES: - A Gothic, romantic and fantastic atmosphere, true to the original as conjured up by Bram Stoker, providing a completely immersive adventure. - A relentless hunt through several countries for one of the most terrifying characters in horror literature. - A confrontation between 2 radically opposed heroes: Van Helsing, the spiritual hero, a sober scientist fighting the young and flamboyant Dracula, as inhuman as he is evil. - Superb graphics mixed with 2D environments and 3D characters wrapped up in an excellent story line. - Interact with over 40 characters. Use and combine more than 150 objects associated with the vampire-themed of the game (stake, statue, garlic, mirror...). - A progressive Help System, for players who get stuck on a riddle or mystery, provides increasingly pertinent clues. THE ADVENTURE In London, Professor Van Helsing receives a letter from his disciple and friend, Jonathan Harker, who had left a few weeks earlier to hunt down Voivod Dracula and bring an end to his activities. In this message, the young man explains that he has found the castle and has even managed to enter it. Unfortunately, the arrival of this letter tends to prove that Harker has become a victim of the vampire, as he should have arrived several days before the letter did. Moreover, various tragic recent incidents persuade Van Helsing that the Count is in London. In fact he believes him to be in Bloomsbury around the cemetery that backs onto the old private house of the Godalming family. With research, Van Helsing learns that Dracula has come to London in search of an antediluvian manuscript containing the details of a strange rite. This rite apparently summons the damned back to Earth and the Count is planning to use the rite to bring his loved one back to him and to rain chaos on humanity. To add to the horror of the situation, it seems that Harkerâs fiancÃ©e is the perfect vessel to host the damned soul of Draculaâs lost love. In the role of Professor Van Helsing, the player will throw himself into a relentless hunt full of terrifying leaps and bounds. To go off on his search, the professor must leave the beautiful Mina and explore the paths of a lugubrious London cemetery and the sinister rooms of a derelict London house. The hunt continues in Cairo among Egyptian relics in a museum and through the tortuous alleys of the city; the player will have to escape the horrible degenerate vampire, the product of a failed ancient rite who is trying to escape a cursed tomb. Then, the hunt brings Van Helsing to Vienna on the tracks of a lost monk. He visits the salons of Viennaâs brilliant aristocracy and a Rococo library bursting with forgotten secrets. Here Van Helsing discovers that, to get hold of his informer, he has to find his way into an isolated and troubling monastery where damned monks wander and stop their evil plans. The vampire hunter has to go to Transylvania at last, to the famous castle of Dracula. His journey is coming to its end or rather to its origin, that of Dracula and that of Evilâ¦ Characters: COUNT DRACULA: Young, attractive religious character who has been broken by his loved oneâs suicide. Count Dracula has since become a blood-thirsty monster wreaking vengeance and doomed to immortality. Dracula is a monster but also a godless soul, rejected by God and man, he is a character that inspires both fear and pity. PROFESSOR VAN HELSING: Van Helsing is a famous Dutch teacher at the University of Medicine in London. He is however, even better known as a vampire slayer. Dynamic and brave, full of compassion and respect for others, Van Helsing is above all driven by his quest to destroy Evil. He has devoted his life to his mission of eliminating Dracula. MINA: Jonathan Harkerâs fiancÃ©e, pupil and friend of Van Helsing. She is the incarnation of the young devoted woman, brave and pure: the perfect victim to be sacrificed for the Demon. She succumbs to Dracula who sees her as the ideal vessel for his lost lover. DR SEWARD: This young doctor is another of Van Helsingâs disciples and has been sent to Minaâs bed side to free her of the Vampireâs demonic grip. HERODOTE: A priest living in Cairo who is a sage and a healer. He knows how to free you from the demonâs grip. He is too old to do it himself but is willing to help the right people to allow Good to triumph. JADA: As beautiful as she is Evil, this female vampire has devoted herself to serving and protecting Dracula. IGOR: Draculaâs coachman in Transylvania, he is utterly devoted to his master. He is demonic, of ill intent and despises the human race. He is always willing to do any dirty work asked of him by his master.