32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great title for "new" team,
This review is from: A Vampyre Story - PC (DVD-ROM)
For an old time fan of Monkey Island, Vampyre Story scratches a very old itch just in the right place. While filled with warts (and vampires, and bats, and dungeons...) the game's quality shines through minor imperfections and makes it a must have for fans of quirky humor and "adventure games."
I will start with a few negative points about the game to clear them out of the way. I found a number of the puzzles to be of the "try things randomly" persuasion which strikes me as a waste of my time. If I can't deduce what to do, then how is it really a puzzle?
Secondly, I found the choices of voice-actors and the quality of their work to be slightly distracting. While on the whole I enjoyed what they did, there were a number of voices and lines that just didn't fit for me. Obviously that is a personal observation and you might think the whole game was wonderfully cast and performed.
Finally, the game spends too much time, especially in the beginning, laughing at itself. The story hook was weakened because of this and made it harder for me to want to finish the game.
On the brighter side is everything else, and that consists of an awful lot of things. The painted backdrops, goofy art direction, and general feel of the artwork was spot on. Obviously not everyone will love the artistic themes, but they are coherent, pretty, and heighten the gameplay.
Most of the sound work is quite good, especially so for the budget of the game. Many of the jokes are as funny as the characters seem to think they are, and the solutions to many puzzles are just wacky enough to be funny without being stupid.
The interface is definitely best in breed, with a simple and intuitive point and click apparatus, as well as the ability to skip the annoying "walk around the universe" animations as you move from scene to scene.
I would consider this game a good addition to the Adventure Game genre and well worth picking up. Do not expect this to be as perfect an experience as Monkey Island (the first one, thank you) or transcendentally superb like The Longest Journey, but do expect to feel satisfied, entertained, and eager for more from the writers and goofballs that brought us A Vampyre Story.