Dracula's Underground Crypt

by Alex Whitington

2008

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A good effort marred by obvious bugs and so-so humour, August 16, 2016

First up, there is obviously some sort of story behind a google account name eggheadcheesybird. I always enjoy odd usernames, well done. In some ways however, that was the funniest part of this evening.

The professor was characterised very well and was quite unlikeable as was no doubt intended. I particularly enjoyed the diary, it put everything into perspective. I didnít find a way to kill the professor unfortunately, I was hoping iíd be able to throw the flesh eating bookworms at him (also mildly amusing), but it would let me. Or stake him.

There were a few bugs. The biggest one was that the professor kept talking and moving and doing things when he was in a different room than the character, and you could lift the pillow and search things whilst the professor was sitting on it.

There was a walkthrough built in that was nearly less than useless. I needed it to get to the (Spoiler - click to show)underground chamber, given that (Spoiler - click to show)the statues didnt seem to be mentioned in descriptions anywhere, but even knowing what I had to do in there (Spoiler - click to show)(get a rubbing of the coffin lid) it still led to a painful guess the verb puzzle in which my character beat himself to death several times with (Spoiler - click to show)charcoal and paper.

(Spoiler - click to show)The ressurection pages combined with the coffin message suggest you can resserect the female vampire and yet dripping blood in the urn fails to work and I was completely unable to find any of the interesting endings. On the whole, an interesting try marred by poor execution and overambitiousness. It may have been better to ignore the open ended idea and at least implement -one- full path that was interesting.

I didnít feel much urge to replay it, open ended or not.
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Review initially posted on Silicon Dreams during the 2008 IF Comp
(https://frater.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/if-competition-2008-review-4-draculas-underground-crypt/)