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Microids: Dracula III [Old Version]

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Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
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  • A new story faithful to the Bram Stoker universe
  • A nail-biting investigation that blurs the line between myth and reality
  • Decipher mysterious manuscripts, rune stones and ancient prophesies dating back to man's origin
  • Picturesque graphics and intense cutscenes engulf you in a dark and gripping adventure
  • Windows Vista / XP
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September 1920: As Father Arno Moriani, you are sent by the Vatican to Transylvania to investigate a candidate for sainthood . But, in the shadows of the ruins that were once the castle of Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Count Dracula, your investigation takes an unexpected turn... Carry out your inquiry amidst tales of bloody deeds and ancestral legends. Will you survive before fear takes over? Features include: ¿A new story faithful to the Bram Stroker universe! ¿A nail-biting investigation that blurs the line between myth and reality! ¿Decipher mysterious manuscripts, rune stones and ancient prophecies dating back to man¿s origin! ¿Picturesque graphics and intense cutscenes engulf you in a dark and gripping adventure.

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  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
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  • ASIN: B001AH7VZE
  • Item model number: 8020687
  • Date first available at May 23, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,819 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Monk on November 13, 2008
I played the previous installments of the Dracula games so I knew what to expect in the gameplay. This is a basic point and click game where you go around having to solve problems to advance the plotline. There is substantially more dialogue in this game to include a choice in your questions and answers though what you choose to say has no effect on the direction of the game. Some of the dialogue can drag on and you get to the point where you just want to move forward.

Like previous games, some of the puzzles are just incredibly frustrating and don't make any sense. Some of these puzzles require long bouts of trial and error. Or you can find an online guide to show you how to get through.

Possibly spoilers below

The plotline starts off pretty strong; you're a priest who served in WWI and you are sent to investigate the possibly canonization of a nurse in a remote Romanian village. As you investigate you find odd occurances and something bigger going on. Eventually, you are put on the path of the Dragon which will lead you to Dracula.

Most of the plotline takes place in this little village and while it's fun to explore, it would have been nice to send you to more locations. You do visit a deserted cave-prison in Turkey and a professor's office in Budapest but aside from that, the game is situated in this little town of Vladoviste. As with previous games in this series, you are very limited in where you can go and what you can do. For instance, you are confined to four main streets in Vladoviste and only two buildings. You can venture out towards a ruined castle or up to a creepy graveyard but here you are limited in what you can do and see.

The plotline could have been thicker; why not send the player to other locations?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kalavinka on September 18, 2008
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I really enjoyed this game, and indeed it is my favorite Dracula game thus far. The graphics are rather dark, moody but look gorgeous with fairly smooth movement between scenes. The characters were quite appealing and well developed, with non-intrusive voicing. The cut sequences were actually fun to watch and contributed to the over all feel of the game. The controls are pretty much intuitive and completely mouse driven. While the puzzles and clues are challenging, at no point did I feel completely locked out by one of those impossible puzzles.

While I expected a typical Dracula story, the storyline is actually quite interesting-- more along the lines of a murder mystery-- with a priest as the protagonist. I found myself up all night playing because I was engaged in the story and because I fealt that I actually learned a few things about Vlad Tepes and Transylvania. Indeed, it was almost more like reading a book than actually playing a game. I also rather enjoyed having a full text version of Dracula in my inventory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bundt Lust TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2008
Microids Dracula 3: Path of the Dragon is the sequel to its two earlier games Microids: Dracula 1 & 2 DJC. The protagonist is Father Arno Moriani, a priest sent by the Vatican to investigate a local Transylvanian doctor who is slated for sainthood. But his seemingly simple investigation into the good doctor takes several unpredictable twists, and he soon finds himself plunged headfirst into a world of shadowy vampires, a battle that threatens not only his faith but also his life.

The main failing of the game is the *absence* of vampires; you only deal directly with the title character at the very end of a long and tiring journey. The rest of the time, you're researching obscure texts, closely examining artwork, and leafing through hefty tomes of Romanian history that deal with the origins of Dracula, or Vlad Tepes. There are also undercurrents of WWII even though the game is set in 1920 (yep, evil Nazis and bad German accents!). There are only a handful of characters, but the ones you do interact with are generally fleshed out, with unique personalities and solid voicework.

The puzzles themselves are some of the better ones I've seen in the last few years; there's a wide variety of strategy board games, locks, word puzzles, and inventory-based puzzles. Phlebotomy takes up a large part of the game; if you're squeamish, you probably won't go for the graphic how-to on drawing your own blood several times ("now all that's left is to push the needle deep into the vein!"), or poring over cells under a microscope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on January 16, 2011
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Path of the Dragon was a beautiful game, encumbered by a truckload of documents and boring dialog. At the end of the game, Arno was toting around SIXTY-NINE different documents, many containing multiple pages, including the complete text of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and the Bible. I found that aspect to be somewhat daunting. Here's my itemized review:

Navigation was great. This is a first-person point-and-click game, with a nice 360 degree swivel.

Beautiful atmosphere. Most of the characters are well-developed and not too hard to look at, except for the boy, the innkeeper, and the gravedigger, who were all a little disturbing.

I am giving the sound three stars because I didn't really notice it. I don't remember much music, so either there wasn't any or it was subtle, which is better than inappropriate or annoying music. The voice-acting was mediocre, with a variety of out-of-place accents for Romania. The innkeeper lady will make you swear you have just walked into a homey New England B&B.

Ho-hum. It's amusing that the main character is a priest, and is mostly too honest to play by traditional adventure game rules, which involve grabbing anything that isn't nailed down. But only to a point - while he often requires permission before he will take something, he will easily sets aside his scruples to get the job done.

The puzzles seemed to be either way too easy or ridiculously obscure. One of the final challenges is to whip out your several hundred pages of documents and try to compare seventeen drawings and somehow associate the remaining items in your inventory with them. Lacking that kind of perseverance, I was grateful for the walkthrough.
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